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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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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