Youth Beyond Barriers (YBB)

The YBB Program provides confidential services for youth ages 12-17 who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. The program offers in-person and/or virtual individual counselling, weekly youth groups, and community capacity building around 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion.

Goals of the Program:

  • That all youth, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity be afforded equal access to service provision, including the freedom from harassment and discrimination due to sexual orientation and/or gender identity
  • That all youth reach an optimum level of comfort in regard to their identity, enabling them to achieve their full potential
  • To build capacity among service providers in Peel to work positively and in a celebratory way with this community, through an anti-racist and anti-oppressive framework

Inclusionary Criteria:

  • Youth who are residents of Peel
  • Youth ages 12-17 yrs
  • Youth identifying as 2SLGBTQ+ and in need of support

Exclusionary Criteria:

  • Youth who are actively suicidal, homicidal or in need of immediate crisis stabilization
  • When the safety of the Worker cannot be ensured

Referral Sources:

  • Self-referrals
  • Community Service Providers
  • Hospitals
  • Peel CAS
  • Peel School Boards
  • Youth Justice Services

Referral Process:

Community partners, youth and caregivers can contact AYSP’s Youth Intake Specialist 905.890.5222. The YBB Program can also be accessed by email at

Youth and caregivers can also make a self-referral by contacting or by calling 905.451.4655.

Partner organizations and AYSP staff working with clients who meet eligibility requirements can make a referral to the YBB Program via the Internal Transfer Protocol.

The YBB Program Supervisor is available to answer any questions you may have regarding the referral process or program criteria.