Babies learn rapidly from the moment of birth. They grow and learn best when responsive and caring parents and other caregivers give them affection, attention and stimulation in addition to good nutrition, proper health care and protection.
Its mission is to create opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and two-spirited youth and adults to build community together.
SOY believes that our whole community benefits from greater investment in youth. SOY develops activities with young people that build skills and capacities. It provides supports and increases access to adult mentoring. It is dedicated to all the young people who are seeking acceptance, appreciation and the place they deserve in the world.
Javier's Story "I came to this country, with no word of English and no family. As an immigrant gay man, I thought no one would be able to answer my questions. One day, I found an email address for an organization called SOY that said it would be able to help me.
I decided to give it a try. I never thought that my simple and almost hopeless email would introduce me to people whose goal ever since then has been to make my life better.
Thanks to all the SOY programs, I now have a place to express myself. I have met a person whose sincere intention is to be my friend — he's my mentor now.
I also have a place to live, thanks to SOY's housing program. And even more important, today I feel I'm ready to fight on my own.
This would never have been possible if it hadn't been for SOY.
But none of them seem enough to describe the amazing things that the people in SOY are doing for our community. To realize the promise of this diversity, we must ensure that Ontario is a safe, inclusive and accepting place for all young people. Diversity, Social Inclusion and Safety matter to young Ontarians: When young Ontarians are safe and supported at home, school, work, online and in their communities, they are able to develop successfully into adulthood.
When they feel like they belong, young people are more likely to engage in their communities, social activities, teams and clubs. And they're important for Ontario: Supporting Ontario's young people to feel safe, included and accepted contributes to overall community safety.
Social inclusion and safety are central to creating a cohesive society and a strong economy that will secure our future prosperity and growth. Ontario is home to one of the most diverse populations in the world — most Ontarians can trace their roots outside of Canada.
Many youth face barriers to being accepted and included: Despite our strength in diversity, some youth still experience discrimination, including homophobia, racism, stereotyping, victimization and bullying. Some youth are more vulnerable than others.
For example, newcomer youth face unique challenges with social inclusion and acceptance as they adjust to a new culture and often a new language. Youth with disabilities also face challenges obtaining accommodation of their accessibility needs.
Aboriginal youth face challenges with social inclusion and safety: We have heard that many Aboriginal young people - including those living both on and off-reserve — experience tension between their Aboriginal identity and their participation in broader culture.
Culture-based services and supports play an important role in helping these youth to navigate between cultures and, in turn, feel included and safe. Youth-related crime is declining: Ontario's rates of youth-related crime and violent crime have been declining for the past four years and are well below the Canadian average.
More young people are now provided opportunities for rehabilitation outside the justice system, through diversion programming.
Bullying affects many of Ontario's youth: One in three students in grades 7 to 12 report they have been bullied at school.care are key protective factors that can Supporting and managing children’s behaviour 9 Children’s behaviour is supported using a positive approach A positive approach to supporting children’s behaviour is evident where educators: – model verbal and non-verbal behaviours that are respectful and.
Foster Care allows children the chance to thrive in a safe, secure, loving and caring home environment with foster carers. The children and young people placed with foster carers are from a diverse range of backgrounds and will display different behaviour depending upon their various experiences.
curious, confident, caring, happy and successful. They might imagine their children taking their first steps, riding bikes, or heading off for their first days the child’s environment, the more connec-tions are strengthened and maintained.
caring, supportive connections with children, they are better able to assist them in developing. Laura Kuehn, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in children and families.
CfP is the place she combines some of her very favorite things: writing, parenting and God's . The setting has a consistent approach to managing children’s behaviour, and all new members of staff are helped to observe how this works in practice.
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A child's positive relationship with trusting and caring adults is the key to successful emotional and social development.