Funding will assist in building connections that will mitigate feelings of loneliness and isolation in 2SLGBTQ+ youth brought on by the pandemic, directly serving 1000-1500 students in Ontario.
Ottawa, Ontario, December 13, 2022 – TELUS Friendly Future Foundation® has donated $20,000 to contribute towards CCGSD’s effort in supporting the Youth Network Project which provides activities to queer and trans students through outreach and networking with gay-straight alliances (GSAs), educational workshops and queer and trans-Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (QTBIPOC) specific resourcing.
Ahmed Abdallah, CCGSD’s Youth Network Project Manager, says TELUS’ assistance will “enhance learning opportunities and increase access to resources that will build resilience, confidence and strength amongst 2SLGBTQ+ BIPOC youth.”
This amount will contribute to expanding the number of workshops available, which will allow CCGSD to achieve greater reach and improved resource delivery.
“We’ve heard from our charity partners about the challenges 2SLGBTQ+ BIPOC youth in their community are facing,” says Shanan Spencer-Brown, Executive Director of TELUS Friendly Future Foundation.“We are honoured to be able to support CCGSD, with a donation of $20,000 from the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation® Ottawa Community Board. We are so appreciative of the work CCGSD is doing in their community, supporting:
- the increased engagement with school communities in Ontario through outreach strategies,
- the increase of greater self-awareness and resilience of marginalized 2SLGBTQ+ youth about their own identity to improve self-esteem.
- the increase of youth intersectional understanding about 2SLGBTQ+ issues (e.g., coming out, bullying, addiction and mental health) to decrease the prevalence of homophobic/transphobic bullying and harassment in school communities in Ontario; and
- the increase in the leadership capacity of 2SLGBTQ+ students to provide peer-to-peer support in school communities through training that foster community connection and reduce isolation
For more information on CCGSD and the $20,000 donation, please visit ccgsd.org, and for more information on TELUS Friendly Future Foundation visit friendlyfuture.com.
As a leader in anti-discrimination work, CCGSD runs programming all over Canada to promote diversity in gender identity, gender expression, and romantic and/or sexual orientation in all its forms through services in the areas of education, health, and advocacy. Our resources and programming can be used to uplift gender and sexual minorities, as well as give them tools to wider populations in building allyship. We are proud to be a registered charity, and all donations will be offered a tax receipt. Our charitable registration number is: 863207981RR0001
Founded in 2018, TELUS Friendly Future Foundation is an independent registered charity. Our mission is to help connect youth to a world of opportunities by supporting Canadian organizations that offer health, education or technology programs. We have provided more than $24 million in grants to community-based, provincial, territorial and national charities that help at-risk youth thrive in a digital world. TELUS Friendly Future Foundation alongside our 13 TELUS Community Boards, provides millions of dollars to more than 500 charities across Canada every year.
For more information on TELUS Friendly Future Foundation visit friendlyfuture.com.
For more information on CCGSD’s Youth Network Project visit https://ccgsd-ccdgs.org/programs/youth-network-project/