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?

All youth must meet the following criteria in order to participate in the Making the Shift research study or WoodGreen’s Free 2 Be (Housing First for Youth Leaving Care):

  • Currently between the ages of 17-24
  • Currently living in or residing in Toronto Proper, including the inner suburbs of Etobicoke, East York, Scarborough and North York
  • Currently involved within the Children’s Aid Society or were involved with the Children’s Aid Society in the past 6 years with any of the following agreements:
    • Crown Ward
    • Society Ward
    • Kinship Care
    • VYSA (Voluntary Youth Services Agreement)

Collaboration

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 rguinn@woodgreen.org.

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.

Learn how you can get involved

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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