Can You Sponsor A Workshop?

We have a wish list of items for our space, especially art supplies for workshops, and we can accept financial donations through Canada Helps.

Arts and Crafts

Youth can express their creativity in multiple ways, and whenever they want. The space includes a large variety of crafts and art supplies. Structured paint nights with local artists are offered as well as special holiday themed activities for the youth. Artistic expression is a powerful tool for self expression and the youth are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities.

Binding and Transitional Care Workshops

OUTLoud provides the youth with access to accurate affirming information and resources, including volunteers with lived or professional experience addressing topics such as gender-affirming supplies (such as chest bindings, pads and forms, bra selection, packers, and stand to pee devices); gender-confirming health care and/or interventions (such as hormone treatments, hair removal and surgery) that may help youth feel their body better aligns with their gender identity.

It is of the utmost importance that youth receive competent and affirming medical advice and care. Workshops can provide information on medical interventions, and accessing competent and affirming medical advice to help make informed decisions and manage expectations.

Assistance is available with referrals to medical professionals competent in working with transgender and gender diverse youth, and mentoring.

Coming Out

Coming out is the process by which someone accepts and identifies with a gender identity and/or sexual orientation and shares their identity willingly with others. OUTLoud’s Coming out workshops support LGBTQ2S+ youth with their individual coming out processes.

These are open discussions which include tips and tricks for coming out, scenarios, activities and do’s and don’ts. A youth’s decision to come out to a person or group is one of safety, comfort, trust, and readiness. Discussions help demonstrate that coming out is not a one-time event, it is a lifelong process and a decision that has to be made again and again in new situations.

The purpose of Coming Out Workshops is to ensure youth have support networks in place. Youth are taught how to build on positive experiences, how to deal with initial responses, and protect themselves emotionally while helping identify feelings associated with coming out – scared, relieved, confused, proud, vulnerable, uncertain, empowered, brave, affirmed etc.

Volunteers help youth navigate their own coming out journey by outlining their needs, identifying supports, and anticipating challenges. Activities may include making a coming out plan, a to-do list, or a list of the benefits and the risks of coming out.

Education/Literacy Programming

Volunteers, many from the local school boards as well as students enrolled in post-secondary programs, help tutor the youth. Youth have the opportunity to pair up with a tutor and are encouraged to bring in their homework for assistance. The space includes computers and internet access, printing availability, and volunteers available to assist youth with questions.

Literacy is a big part of OUTLoud’s programming. The youth have access to an entire library of books and can participate in a book club. The library includes an entire section of reading materials related to LGBTQ2S+ issues, characters, or books that are authored by members of the LGBTQ2S+ community.

Employment Services

For older youth looking for help gaining employment, the space offers resumé building programs and job readiness workshops. Volunteers will work with the youth to develop resumés, practice interview skills/techniques, assist in job searching, and reach out to employment services available in the community.