Welcome to Jeunes Queer Youth!
Are you a young person who identifies as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans, non binary, questionning? Ever felt that learning about sexual health is important but never had the opportunity to learn from a trusted, non-judgmental source? Enter Jeunes Queer Youth! We are a five year program funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and we aim to provide queer and trans youth with the funds and resources needed to put on their own sex ed initiatives!
We believe that access to sexual health information is a basic human right. With Quebec’s decision to remove mandatory sex ed in schools in 2005, there has been a huge gap in basic safer sex knowledge for youth, especially those who don’t identify as cisgender or straight. We believe that there is a need for non-heteronormative sex ed that is inclusive, queered and tailored specifically for queer and trans youth.
How are you going to do that?
Jeunes Queer Youth is a by and for project, which means that we believe that queer and trans youth are the most knowledgeable about the kind of sex ed that they want and that they should be involved in every step of the process in delivering it. This means coming up with their own initiatives, taking lead roles in the planning and execution of their projects and gaining new skills throughout this process that they can use later on in life.
Okay, so how do I participate?
The Jeunes Queer Youth Program has many ways for youth to get involved! Every year from 2017-2022, the program will include:
Funding for 10 youth-led sexual health awareness and overall well-being projects, up to $500 , $1000 and $1500 each. However, project applications are currently on pause
Two leadership summits where you can network and share your projects and receive sex ed workshops specific to queer and trans sexual health;
Mentorship from the partnered community organisations for the development and realisation of your project;
04. Project showcase
A website that will showcase each youth project to help inspire other youth to come up with their own initiatives.
Proposing a sexual health initiative.
Attending one of the summits.
Joining our Project Selection Committee or want to offer your talents to the project?
We’re always looking for ways to involve queer, trans and allied youth
So don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any ideas that you want to share!