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Services for Youth that are Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex and anyone under the gender, romantic and sexual non-conforming umbrella

The 2SLGBTQIA+ Newcomer Youth Community Support program is a new, unique program in Hamilton creating community spaces and connections for 2SLGBTQIA+ newcomers to connect with their community and peers in a safer, supportive environment.

The Join Program is designed to recognize the unique intersection of being both 2SLGBTQIA+ and a newcomer, and the resulting barriers in creating and accessing community spaces that affirm both one’s 2SLGBTQIA+ identity and cultural identity. YWCA Hamilton has a strong foundation serving newcomers and hosts Speqtrum, a youth-founded, youth-run and youth-focused program for queer and trans young people in Hamilton.

Youth will be directly supported by the Speqtrum team for the first ever 2SLGBTQIA+ Newcomer program in Hamilton.

Our staff team will support you in providing care for your children while you attend our services and will assist with transportation, translation and interpretation services when in-person services resume.

Join us to access:

Weekly events such as Socials, Workshops and Conversation Circles

Join us to participate in weekly social programming and meet with like-minded queer youth and trans peers. Our social sessions feature a range of activities, and you can choose which interest you or come to them all! We are always open to ideas and welcome your thoughts on what could be our next social.

Intergenerational Kitchen

Join in the fun and cook under the rainbow at our Intergenerational Kitchen. In partnership with Speqtrum and Compass Community Health Centre, this program is dedicated to connecting 2SLGBTQIA+ Newcomer youth who may feel isolated with mentors in their community while preserving cultural connections. Participants will share recipes from home, building community while sharing a meal.

Volunteer Opportunities

Join us through a volunteer capacity and provide direct support to Speqtrum’s programs and services. By volunteering with us, you will gain valuable employability and life skills, make new friends and support 2SLGBTQIA+ youth.

One-on-one Sessions and Advocacy

Join us and share your unique story. We will get to know you and your needs to better connect you with the people, support, services and resources that will support you in your journey. Through personalized advocacy and one-on-one support, we create opportunities to connect queer, Trans and two-spirit newcomer youth directly with decision makers, so they can directly impact Hamilton and beyond.

Enhanced Supports

Join us to access a safe, inclusive environment to support you in a successful settlement and integration in your new community. Through our enhanced supports, we can also provide you with child care access, transportation and translation services.

Our staff team will support you in providing care for your children while you attend our services and will assist with transportation, translation and interpretation services when in-person services resume.

PROGRAM UPDATE DURING COVID-19:

There are no in-person workshops or sessions at this time. Workshops, activities and all one-on-one sessions are being held virtually.

Find out if you’re eligible

To participate in the Join Program, participants must:

  • identify as a woman, non binary person or 2SLGBTQIA+ youth (regardless of gender) and,
  • be selected by IRCC as a Permanent Resident, Protected Person/Convention Refugee or a Live-in Caregiver: Temporary Foreign Worker with an approved work permit

Ready to Join?

To register, complete our online application below.

Have questions about our 2SLGBTQIA youth services? Contact us!

Noura Afify
Phone: 289.439.6154
E-mail: newcomer@speqtrum.ca

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