youth Program

About our youth support program

With generous support provided by KRG Children’s Foundation, the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre offers a support group for bereaved youth between the ages of 13-18 years old. The goal of the program is to create a supportive environment where grieving adolescents have the opportunity to connect with same aged peers who are also grieving the death of a family member. Youth share their thoughts and feelings about grief while connecting with peers going through similar experiences.

Through a variety of activities such as art, music, drama and sport the group members work together to share and express their individual grief experiences while supporting each other as they connect with the memory of their loved ones. In addition to peer support and access to individual counselling, participants are also offered opportunities to develop and enhance their leadership skills through a Leaders in Training (LIT) program.

Following LIT training, youth put their newfound skills of mentorship, leadership and support into action at our annual Camp Erin Toronto. LITs are paired with cabin leaders to support younger campers through their grief experience across the camp weekend. This LIT program is unique among all other Camp Erins in North America, and year after year proves to be an effective model of peer support, leadership development and community building.

Upcoming Youth Groups
Getting there

ELLICSR is located in the Munk Building, Room B PMB 130. Take Munk Elevators down to the basement (Level B), turn right at the end of the hallway and we are on the right side.

Public transit

ELLICSR is a short walk from Queen's Park Station. Use the TTC trip planner by clicking here.

Take the Spadina-University subway line to Queen's Park Station (College Street). The Hospital is south of College Street on the east side, at 585 University Avenue. Or take the College / Carlton streetcar westbound from College subway station to Elizabeth Street. The Hospital is south of College Street on the west side, at 200 Elizabeth Street.


There are several options for parking in the immediate vicinity of ELLICSR. Available options can be viewed by clinking this link to Parkopedia.

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We need your help As a registered charity that DOES NOT RECEIVE GOVERNMENT FUNDING, we rely on the generosity of donors like you to provide children with the support they need at absolutely no cost to their families.

We are a safe space
Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre is a safe and inclusive space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their allies.