Youth Beyond Barriers (YBB)

The YBB Program provides confidential services for youth aged 12-17 who identify as 2SLGBTQ+, through weekly support and education groups, and individual counselling. The YBB Program also offers 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 aged 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 Youth Worker cannot be ensured

Referral Sources:

  • Community agencies:
    • Children’s Mental Health agencies
    • Crisis/distress services
    • Community Health Centres
    • Public Health
    • Peel Children’s Aid
  • Peel School Boards, including but not limited to:
    • Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
    • Peel District School Board
  • Hospitals and Community Health Centres
  • Self-referrals
  • Community service providers

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 calling 1.800.762.8377 ext. 460 (toll free), or by e-mail at ybb@aysp.ca.

Youth and caregivers can also make a self-referral by calling WhereToStart.ca at 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.