Grant will help New Path support LGBTQ + youth and their families


Organizations to support parents, families, friends and communities when a young person is revealed to be queer, transgender, non-binary or questioning

Thanks to a $ 50,000 grant from the RBC Foundation, a partnership between New Path Youth and Family Services (New Path) and the Gilbert Center will support parents, families, friends and communities when a young person turns out to be queer , transgender, non-binary or interrogation.

“It is so important for us to meet the mental health needs of parents, families, friends and allies of young people who are having difficulty coming out or having issues related to being queer or transgender.” said Elizabeth McKeeman, CEO of New Path Youth and Family Services. “Research shows that family support increases mental health, leads to better academic outcomes, and significantly reduces the risk of self-harm and suicide. We are allies and proudly support Center Gilbert’s work in 2S-LGBTQ + communities. “

The opportunity offered by RBC Foundation through this grant will help New Path, the agency responsible for youth and family mental health in Simcoe County, to work in partnership with the Gilbert Center. When a young person goes out, the whole family is recognized as being in transition.

“Supporting gay, transgender, non-binary or questioning youth and families in transition increases the family’s ability to stay together and develop their understanding and ability to advocate for their youth,” says Ali Tuckey, Family and Family Program Manager. youth at the Gilbert Center. . “Through this partnership, parents will have access to gender-affirming mental health supports and learn what supports are available to them and their youth through New Path, the Gilbert Center and other local social service organizations.” . “

Currently in Simcoe County, there are no specific, free, and specialized counseling options available for parents and families who are going through this experience. This collaboration is designed to fill this gap.

RBC Foundation supports New Path and the Gilbert Center in continuing to support young people through the RBC Future Launch program. “Only 1 in 5 young people have access to the mental health supports they need. Said Randy Tredenick, RBC’s regional vice president for Barrie and region. “What we love about this program is that LGBTQ + youth and their families are directed to the right supports and the right resources when they need them most. This is just one of the ways we are helping young people plan for their future.



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