Youth Support Task Force

Did you know? Brampton is one of the youngest cities in Canada with 130,600 youth within the ages of 14-29. Youth represent one-third of Canada's population!

At the City of Brampton, we are building a healthy and safe city for you by providing opportunities to learn, grow and play.

We recognize the impacts COVID-19 has on our community and that it is an especially difficult and stressful time for some. While Community Centres and Libraries remain closed, and programs and events are cancelled, we are continuing to support our youth.

The Youth Support Task Force aims to support youth and provide information and resources during this time.

STAY ENGAGED!

HAVE FUN
Here are free resources to keep you active and engaged. To download a PDF with more resources for youth, click here.

  • The Rose Brampton’s professional theatre instructors are leading FREE virtual camps that take place over the phone as teleconferences. 10-12 participants will rehearse and develop a 30-minute condensed Shakespeare play, over five consecutive days, Monday to Friday, just like a real camp – and only for 90 minutes a day. Learn more here.

  • Explore Yoga and mindfulness videos for young children.

  • Access videos for body breaks, energizers, and calming/mindfulness.

  • mindyourmind exists in the space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet. They work with community partners and youth 14 to 29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience.

TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT COVID-19
Here are resources to help you speak to younger kids about this situation:

LEARN AT HOME
With schools, libraries and community centres closed, we understand it’s challenging to find ways to learn. Here are free online educational resources:

  • The Ministry of Education has many free online resources available for all grades.

  • The Peel District School Board's Special Education online learning resources can be found on the Help Your Child webpage. It includes a wide range of optional resources, activities and tutorials catered to various abilities, learning styles and grade levels.

  • High school students in Grades 9 to 12 can review, refresh and extend their learning. During this time of school closure, teacher-facilitated online courses are being temporarily adapted to allow for independent study (not for credit).

  • TVO Mathify offers free one-on-one online support for students in Grades 6 to 10. Ontario Certified Teachers are available to help students improve their math skills.

  • While Brampton Library locations are closed, the online library service continues. Brampton Library card holders can access a full range of services 24/7 from the Digital Library. Don't have a library card? You can register for one online! You don't need to be a Brampton resident.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Volunteers, if you want to help out, contact us so we can use your services where they are most needed. Email us at covid19youth@brampton.ca with your full name and contact information, and our team will get back to you.

WE'RE LISTENING
Feeling stressed? Anxious? Disconnected? We recognize the impacts COVID-19 has on youth and that it is a stressful time for some. Here are resources that can help you during this time:

  • www.WhereToStart.ca is an access point for free and confidential mental health services for children, youth and families who live in Peel Region.

  • To help support student mental health at home, School Mental Health Ontario has online resources.

  • Mental health resources are available on the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) website.

  • Reach out to counsellors at Kids Help Phone, who are available 24/7 via phone, text or online chat. Kidshelpphone.ca has a number of online resources you can access. Access their services by calling 1.800.668.6868 or texting CONNECT to 686868.

  • ConnexOntario Addiction, Mental Health, and Problem Gambling Treatment provides free, confidential, and personalized responses 24/7 to individuals about mental health, addiction, and problem gambling services. Call 1.866.531.2600.

  • Spectra Helpline provides confidential distress and emotional support lines for anyone who needs a caring, compassionate and non-judgmental listening ear. Multilingual lines are open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 10 pm in English, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Spanish and Portuguese. Call 905.459.7777.

  • PCC Crisis Response is available 24/7 for families and children 0-18 years old. Call 416.410.8615.

  • Canada Suicide Prevention Service offers telephone crisis and suicide text service from 4 pm to midnight, 24/7. Call 1.833.456.4566 or text 45645.

  • Region of Peel mental health resources

FINANCIAL SUPPORT


Did you know? Brampton is one of the youngest cities in Canada with 130,600 youth within the ages of 14-29. Youth represent one-third of Canada's population!

At the City of Brampton, we are building a healthy and safe city for you by providing opportunities to learn, grow and play.

We recognize the impacts COVID-19 has on our community and that it is an especially difficult and stressful time for some. While Community Centres and Libraries remain closed, and programs and events are cancelled, we are continuing to support our youth.

The Youth Support Task Force aims to support youth and provide information and resources during this time.

STAY ENGAGED!

HAVE FUN
Here are free resources to keep you active and engaged. To download a PDF with more resources for youth, click here.

  • The Rose Brampton’s professional theatre instructors are leading FREE virtual camps that take place over the phone as teleconferences. 10-12 participants will rehearse and develop a 30-minute condensed Shakespeare play, over five consecutive days, Monday to Friday, just like a real camp – and only for 90 minutes a day. Learn more here.

  • Explore Yoga and mindfulness videos for young children.

  • Access videos for body breaks, energizers, and calming/mindfulness.

  • mindyourmind exists in the space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet. They work with community partners and youth 14 to 29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience.

TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT COVID-19
Here are resources to help you speak to younger kids about this situation:

LEARN AT HOME
With schools, libraries and community centres closed, we understand it’s challenging to find ways to learn. Here are free online educational resources:

  • The Ministry of Education has many free online resources available for all grades.

  • The Peel District School Board's Special Education online learning resources can be found on the Help Your Child webpage. It includes a wide range of optional resources, activities and tutorials catered to various abilities, learning styles and grade levels.

  • High school students in Grades 9 to 12 can review, refresh and extend their learning. During this time of school closure, teacher-facilitated online courses are being temporarily adapted to allow for independent study (not for credit).

  • TVO Mathify offers free one-on-one online support for students in Grades 6 to 10. Ontario Certified Teachers are available to help students improve their math skills.

  • While Brampton Library locations are closed, the online library service continues. Brampton Library card holders can access a full range of services 24/7 from the Digital Library. Don't have a library card? You can register for one online! You don't need to be a Brampton resident.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Volunteers, if you want to help out, contact us so we can use your services where they are most needed. Email us at covid19youth@brampton.ca with your full name and contact information, and our team will get back to you.

WE'RE LISTENING
Feeling stressed? Anxious? Disconnected? We recognize the impacts COVID-19 has on youth and that it is a stressful time for some. Here are resources that can help you during this time:

  • www.WhereToStart.ca is an access point for free and confidential mental health services for children, youth and families who live in Peel Region.

  • To help support student mental health at home, School Mental Health Ontario has online resources.

  • Mental health resources are available on the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) website.

  • Reach out to counsellors at Kids Help Phone, who are available 24/7 via phone, text or online chat. Kidshelpphone.ca has a number of online resources you can access. Access their services by calling 1.800.668.6868 or texting CONNECT to 686868.

  • ConnexOntario Addiction, Mental Health, and Problem Gambling Treatment provides free, confidential, and personalized responses 24/7 to individuals about mental health, addiction, and problem gambling services. Call 1.866.531.2600.

  • Spectra Helpline provides confidential distress and emotional support lines for anyone who needs a caring, compassionate and non-judgmental listening ear. Multilingual lines are open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 10 pm in English, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Spanish and Portuguese. Call 905.459.7777.

  • PCC Crisis Response is available 24/7 for families and children 0-18 years old. Call 416.410.8615.

  • Canada Suicide Prevention Service offers telephone crisis and suicide text service from 4 pm to midnight, 24/7. Call 1.833.456.4566 or text 45645.

  • Region of Peel mental health resources

FINANCIAL SUPPORT


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