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.