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Happy B.C. Day Long Weekend

Our office will be closed on Monday August 1st for BC Day.

If you are a youth in need of help over the long weekend please call toll free 1-877-685-7474 and one of our youth workers can assist you.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Happy B.C. Day Long Weekend

LGBTQ2S Youth Homeless in Canada

Covenant House Vancouver believes all youth deserve unconditional love and absolute respect and we are always striving to provide safe, inclusive services for the disproportionate number of homeless LGBTQ2S youth in need of shelter and supportive services. Our program staff receive Prism Services training from Three Bridges Community Health Centre which provides clinical, education, information and referral service for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and Two Spirit (LGBTQ2S) communities in Vancouver.

The Homeless Hub has an informative article about the disproportionate number of homeless LGBTQ2S youth in Canada and North America, we encourage you to have a read and learn more. 

"In recent years, there has been extensive research in the area of youth homelessness both in Canada and internationally. We have seen a great deal of initiatives towards the movement to end youth homelessness. However, there is a lack of knowledge into the problem of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, and 2-spirited (LGBTQ2) youth homeless in Canada.

What we do know is that LGBTQ2 youth are overrepresented in the homeless youth population. It has been estimated that approximately 25-40% of homeless youth  identify as LGBTQ2." -  Taken  from  The  Homeless  Hub  article Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning and 2-Spirited (LGBTQ2)

 

LGBTQ2 Youth Homelessness from The Homeless Hub on Vimeo.

Striving For Permanence - Stories of Youth In and From Care

Meet five BC youth who have lived in foster care, aged out of care or have been adopted. These courageous youth share their stories because they believe that all youth living in care deserve permanent connections in their lives that will continue after they turn 19. 

This powerful  film is  a  youth-led  project  by  the  Speak-Out  Youth  Group and the  group  scripted, filmed and edited the  video. 

Check it out:

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Jessica creates a new path for herself and finds happiness

When I first met Jessica in our Crisis Program she did not say much. She was very polite, but made little eye contact often looking down. Jessica said please and thank you often but would not speak unless asked a direct question and mostly would give one word answers. She did not share much but mentioned she was going through some losses in the family. Jessica originally comes from further north in BC, but left to change her lifestyle.

After losing her mother, Jessica felt she was left with no choice but to move and create a new life for herself. Jessica said that the rest of her family was not taking the loss of her mother well and were using drugs and alcohol to cope with the loss. Watching her mother deal with addiction made Jessica determined to create a new path for herself. As the weeks progressed Jessica opened up to us more about her family life and desire to find a job and start a life of her own. Jessica said she wanted a fresh start. She signed up for a pre-employment program where she learned many skills including resume writing, job interviews and other important life skills. Now she is employed at a clothing shop where she gets to give her expert opinion on cute outfits and help others to feel good about themselves.

Recently, we went on an outing where we took a sea ferry across the water to watch a play on the other side of Vancouver. All of the girls mentioned that they had never been on a sea ferry before but Jessica was visibly the most excited. Her face lit up as we passed landmarks and she smiled and laughed with the other girls. At one point when the boat was cruising across the water in beautiful Vancouver, Jessica turned to me and mouthed silently, “I’m happy”.

Picture of Vancouver Aqua Bus

 

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