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You Are Not Alone (YANA) is an initiative to elevate the voices of LGBTTQQ2SIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Two-Spirited, Allies) youth on how to improve their experiences connected to Ontario’s systems of care.


The You Are Not Alone team has developed a youth-led workshop delivered by youth with experience in one or more of the Office’s mandate areas. The goal of the workshop is to help service providers reflect on how to be an ally to LGBTTQQ2SIA youth they serve.

Are you interested in participating in a workshop? Connect with us.

About You Are Not Alone

In June 2012, the Advocate's Office launched You Are Not Alone (YANA) project to gather the voices of LGBTTQQ2SIA youth connected to one of Ontario’s systems of care that are part of the Office's mandate.

To collect their input, members of the YANA team gathered submissions and traveled across the province to ask LGBTTQQ2SIA youth on what the experience for queer youth in care today is like, and what could be done to improve it.

Those youth self-identified as having lived experience in:

  • Child Welfare
  • Children's Mental Health
  • Youth Justice
  • Provincial Schools for the Deaf
  • First Nations children and youth
  • Young people with Special Needs

The Advocate’s Office, in partnership with its Youth Advisory Committee, reviewed the submissions from young people. They saw a strong need for allies in the community and recommended service providers find a way to create allies to help LGBTQQ2SIA youth in care navigate their way through the system and in the world.

Be Our Ally

The YANA team launched the Be Our Ally campaign at World Pride in Toronto in 2015. The team issued a challenge to service providers across Ontario and members of the community to find a way to “Be an Ally” to LGBTQQ2SIA youth in government care and residential facilities.

The result of that campaign was a video based on recommendations from young people on how allies could support them in their lives.