Youth Support Program

About our Youth Support Program

Our Youth Support Program supports bereaved youth between the ages of 13-18 years old.

Through a variety of activities such as storytelling, skill building, art, and other creative/expressive activities, youth have the opportunity to share their grief story, develop meaningful peer relationships, learn strategies for coping with their grief, while reducing stigma and building resiliency. Previous participants have shared that they felt a sense of community and understanding that they didn’t experience in their larger world.

Following the group experience, youth are invited to participate in our Leader in Training (LIT) Program. Here youth learn leadership, communication and team-building skills to become ambassadors of healthy grief.

Upon completion of the LIT program, youth have the opportunity to promote further resiliency and give back to the grief community by supporting younger children at Camp Erin, our annual grief camp in the Muskokas. In this capacity, they model healthy grief, supportive communication, and promote the benefits of a caring network.

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.

Youth Support Program

"It was scary at first. But it was great to get to know others going through the same stuff"

– Past participant

New Virtual Youth Group!

Our Youth Group has been a supportive environment where grieving youth have the opportunity to connect with similar aged peers who are also experiencing the death of a family member. As we continue to navigate this time of uncertainty, we are excited to offer a similar experience online. Through storytelling and a variety of activities such as art and games, youth work together to develop meaningful peer relationships, learn strategies for coping with their grief, while reducing stigma and building resiliency.

The Virtual Youth Group is an 8-week program that will take place through a secure online video conferencing platform called GoToMeeting. Youth Program application deadline is Friday June 26, 2020.

Eligibility

  • Completed the Centre referral and intake process prior to the start of group.
  • Age: Youth between 13-18 years old.
  • Family Relationship: Group is to support the death of a sibling, parent, or custodial caregiver.

Group Dates

The group will take place on Thursdays from 7:00pm- 9:00pm, from July 9-August 27, 2020.

The Information Night is on Thursday June 25th at 7 pm through GoToMeeting. We will be sharing more information about the upcoming group and answering any questions. Please RSVP to receive the online meeting information.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact the group facilitator Christina Lee.
christina.lee@griefcentre.org
416-360-1111 ext. 213

Submit an Application Form

  1. Download the “DJCGC Youth Program Application Form”
  2. Complete the form and Save
  3. Email the completed Application form to christina.lee@griefcentre.org
  4. Someone will contact you about your application form within 10 business days
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