Free 2 Be
Free 2 Be (Housing First for Youth Leaving Care)
WoodGreen’s Free 2 Be (Housing First for Youth Leaving Care) is a program which supports young people who have been involved with the child welfare system and are now transitioning to life after care. Grounded in a holistic, client-centered approach, Free 2 Be program blends intensive case management with WoodGreen’s diverse services to support core outcomes for young people in the following areas:
- High school and post-secondary educational attainment
- Essential skills development and employment
- Mental health and wellness
- Housing stability and tenancy skills
- Consistent relationships and social connection
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for the Making the Shift study and WoodGreen’s Free 2 Be (Housing First for Youth Leaving Care) in Toronto, a young person must be:
- Between the ages of 17 and 24 (at time of intake in the program)
- Crown ward (or similar status) transitioning/who has transitioned out of care
- Willing to work with program staff
- Currently or willing to reside within Metro Toronto
- Willing to live independently
There is currently space for new participants in the program.
If you are a youth serving organization or a landlord/housing provider in Toronto, we would welcome the chance to connect with you and explore opportunities for collaboration. Such inquiries may be directed to Rasheeda Guinn, Supervisor, Strategic Engagement, Free 2 Be at email@example.com.
How to get involved
We’ve all heard to saying, “it takes a village”.
This ‘village’ has never been more necessary than it is today.
A true village approach recognizes the strength of meaningful collaboration and partnership, acknowledging that it takes many people, with their varying strengths and perspectives to form a supportive community for a young person.
Your role in the village is valued and needed.
Opportunities to support, include:
- Create a Welcome Home Package to let a young person know you care
- Volunteer to support our local community events and programming
- Fundraise or donate to Free 2 Be
- Partner with Free 2 Be
Contact us today to find out more about how to support young people as they transition to life after care.
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