Community Education, Visibility , Awareness and Support
LGBTQ+ Youth and Trans Support (Halton Region)
PSN provides LGBTQ+ Youth Services
LGBTQ+ Youth Drop-In Programs
The Positive Space Network runs drop-in LGBTQ+ youth programs in three different locations serving the entire Halton Region. Please see details below (and in our calendar).
Our drop-in programs are a safer space for LGBTQ+ youth can come together and hang out. They are tons of fun! We have workshops, games nights, guest speakers and more!
All our drop-ins are free and three hours in length. Youth are all asked to sign in with their name and an emergency contact when they arrive. There is always snacks and often meals provided. We begin drop-ins with a check-in where people share their names, pronouns, and answer a funny question. We always review our safer spaces agreement, go through any announcements and then chill or do an activity the rest of the evening.
If you have any questions or want more information about any of the programs listed below please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 289-208-0886.
Burlington/Milton/Oakville LGBTQ+ Youth Drop-In
When: Every Tuesday 5:00-8:00pm (until the end of June)
Where: St. Luke’s Community Centre, 3114 Dundas Street West, Oakville
This drop-in will be closed on December 20, 27, and January 3
Acton LGBTQ+ Youth Drop-In
When: 3rd Wednesday of the month 5:00pm-8:00pm
(Next dates: Sept 21st, Oct 19th, Nov 16th, Dec 14th [note 2nd not 3rd weds], Jan 18th, Feb 15th, Mar 15th, Apr 19th, May 17th, Jun 21st)
Where: Acton Hub McKenzieSmith Bennett Public School (south side) 69 Acton Blvd
Georgetown LGBTQ+ Youth Drop-In
When: Last Wednesday of every month 3:00-6:00PM
(Next dates: Sept 28th, Oct 26th, Nov 30th, Jan 25th, Feb 22nd, Mar 29th, Apr 26th, May 31st, Jun 28th)
Where: Open Door Youth Centre in the basement of St. Georges Church (60 Guelph Street)
LGBTQ+ Youth Volunteer Opportunities
The Positive Space Network LGBTQ+ Youth Action Committee (YAC) is a youth-driven leadership committee made up of LGBTQ+ identified and allied youth ages of 13-25 from across Halton Region.
What does the Positive Space Network Youth Action Committee do?
- YAC members are responsible for helping plan Halton Pride Week, which takes place the first week of June every year
- YAC members help vision and plan future LGBTQ+ youth programs
- YAC members represent LGBTQ+ youth voices on various projects happening throughout Halton Region
What will I get out of being part of the YAC?
- Opportunities to make friends and find community with other LGTBQ+ identified and allied youth
- Volunteer opportunities, work experience hours, and/or high school volunteer hours
- Opportunities to develop tons of facilitation, mentorship, team work, leadership, communication skills
- Opportunities to find out about local resources and meet people from other youth services in Halton
What are your responsibilities as a YAC member?
- Attend meetings twice a month from November to June
- Attend a weekend of training and team building in November – where you will learn about LGBTQ+ identities, anti-oppression, leadership, and get to know other YAC members!
- Attend a winter training day in January – where you will learn facilitation skills, how to plan events, and other skills!
- Help plan and attend Halton Pride Action Days in the month of April and May – where we do intensive planning and prep for pride! Like making signs, planning performances, make promo videos, put up posters, etc.
- Attend a LGBTQ leadership retreat in June after Halton Pride – This is a celebratory weekend where we talk about what we have accomplished, and provide feedback on how to make it better for next year.
Halton Region Trans/Gender Youth Services
ConnecTions – Trans and Gender Independent/non-binary Support Programming for Children, Youth, and Families!
We have a unique program for trans and gender independent/non-binary children, youth, and their families/support people. This program occurs on the first Wednesday of every month except for August. Please see all program information listed below.
ConnecTions has three separate groups which all run concurrently. There is a parent/caregiver group, children’s play group, and youth group which all run in different rooms in the same building from 5:00-8:00pm. The parents and youth groups have facilitated discussions on various topics, guest speakers, and workshops throughout the year based on the groups interested and needs. The kids group does different games and crafts, and will engage in discussions in age appropriate ways. Occasionally all three groups will come together for special events such as Trans Pride for Halton Pride week, which happens the first week of June.
ConnecTions has been running since December 2014. It has fostered a very unique and special community. We have heard overwhelmingly positive feedback from families, youth, and children that have attended this program. ConnecTions offers a space to meet other youth, parents, and/or families that are going through similar and different experiences related to transitioning.
ConnecTions – social group for trans/gender independent children and youth and their families/caregivers.
When: 1st Wednesday of the month 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
(Next dates: Sept 7th, Oct 5th, Nov 2nd, Dec 7th, Jan 4th, Feb 1st, Mar 1st, Apr 5th, May 3rd, June 7th, July 5th).
Where: Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre, 2200 Sawgrass Drive,Oakville