Adjustment to a new life in a new country can be particularly challenging for a teenager. Learning a new language, attending an unfamiliar school, and finding new friends can be difficult. Engaging in youth activities outside of school, participating in the community, learning about the new environment, or reaching out for help if facing specific challenges can be helpful to a young newcomer.
Here are some organizations and resources available to youth in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Boys and Girls Clubs
Boys and Girls Clubs help young people to discover, develop, and achieve their best potential as they grow to become Canada’s future adults, citizens, and leaders, by engaging them in activities that challenge and help them develop healthy minds and bodies.
Trans Support NL
Trans Support NL is a non-profit organization that offers resources, peer support, and awareness and inclusion training to support the trans community of Newfoundland and Labrador. They offer monthly peer support meetings for both youth and adults.
One of Trans Support NL’s focuses as an organization is to support the Two Spirit, non- binary, trans, and gender diverse communities of Newfoundland & Labrador through providing training to service providers.
Their priority is increasing awareness and integration of gender diversity in education, medicine, social services, child and youth-focused organizations, and other community-oriented groups.
If you, your group, or organization falls under any of these categories, Trans Support NL can help you expand your understanding of gender diversity and develop more inclusive curriculum, practices, programming, and operations.
Guidelines Regarding Gender Identity and Gender Expression
The Human Rights Act, 2010 (“the Act”) states that it is public policy in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador to recognize the inherent dignity and worth of all people and to provide equal rights and opportunities without discrimination. The Act aims to create a climate of understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of each person so that each person feels a part of the community.
On December 10, 2013, an amendment was made to the Act to include gender identity and gender expression as protected grounds of discrimination.
The amendment to include gender identity and gender expression as protected grounds under the Act extends formal protections, delivers a message of inclusion for individuals who identify as trans or transgender and contributes to public education and dialogue about issues surrounding gender identity and
Planned Parenthood NL’s 2SLGBTQIA+ Warm Line
Planned Parenthood NL’s 2SLGBTQIA+ Warm Line is a peer support service run by and for 2SLGBTQIA+ people in Newfoundland and Labrador. If you need someone to talk to, call them and they will do their best to support you and provide you resources.
Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone (KHP) is a Canadian counselling and information service provider for young people. It employs trained professional counsellors available over the phone or online 24/7. This free and anonymous service supports young people as they build the skills and abilities they’ll need to improve their emotional health and well-being. In addition to an array of counselling options, KHP offers young people a wide range of online resources and shares young people’s perspectives on a societal level – locally, nationally, and globally.
Organizations, Groups and Programs
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
- Boys & Girls Club of St. John’s
- LGBTQ2S+ Organizations and Resources
- Planned Parenthood 2SLGBTQIA+ Warm Line
- Trans Support NL
- Choices for Youth
Related Topics in this Guide
- Information for Parents, Children, and Youth: Child Safety
- Information for Parents, Children, and Youth: Parenting Organizations and Resources
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