A welcoming and inclusive space offering a range of social, recreational and mental health services.
Service type: Youth, Newcomer
Eligibility: Youth (age 13 – 29)
Delivery: Currently, activities are being offered virtually and/or by phone. This information will be updated once in-person programming resumes.
Partners: Strides Toronto and Michael Garron Hospital
Designed by and for young people, the Youth Wellness Centre is a safe space for Indigenous, LGBTTQ+, racialized and marginalized youth to access the full range of our services. Sign up for skill-building opportunities, get help with homework, access mental health supports or just hang out with friends. Our team can also connect young people with community-based services to find supportive housing and employment opportunities.
“I've been dealing with so many types of challenges these past few years and WoodGreen has been continuously there to help me with services such as counselling for my mental health that helps me be a better version of myself for tomorrow, support that helps me understand what's the right step to take next and to make clear pathways for the goals that I have for myself.”
How you can help
Volunteer opportunities are available year-round to support youth with homework, wellness and creative activities. Please contact Erik Wexler at firstname.lastname@example.org.Donations are graciously accepted through the WoodGreen Foundation.
Ready to participate?
Due to COVID-19, in-person services are currently unavailable. Activities are being offered virtually and/or by phone.
To learn more, please contact:
Youth Wellness Centre
Manager, Youth Wellness
815 Danforth Ave. 3rd Floor Toronto, ON
Monday- Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or Drop-In (in-person) Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
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