Friendship In Action is committed to supporting youth mental health through a variety of participatory programs.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have expanded programming to include groups for adults as well as youth. FIA believes in the ethos that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ by recognizing those who are responsible for the children we usually work with. Supporting parents & caregivers as they navigate the realities and emotions of the COVID-19 pandemic, will ultimately support the children.
What we do
Our programs have been adapted to accommodate present conditions and restraints of COVID-19 using virtual platforms.
Our peer-support program Kids Helping Kids Manage Stress runs in collaboration with public and independent schools. It’s designed to help youth identify and share feelings, experiences, and anxieties within small, safe peer groups using the power of ‘TLC’ - Talk, Listen and Connect – to build trust, empathy, and support for each other.
Adult Programs - Programs for adults provide an opportunity to share concerns, and experiences in a confidential, safe and brave virtual space.
Why we do it
Stress doesn’t discriminate, none of us is immune from the strains and pressures of everyday life.
FIA is committed to helping youth and those who work with them, find ways to express what they’re experiencing by connecting with peers in a positive environment. We believe our programs help participants feel validated, supported, and more likely to recognize various options for improved mental health.
How we do it
Friendship In Action provides a confidential, safe facilitated space, either in person or on a virtual platform.
Small groups (min. 4, max. 12) come together to talk, listen and connect on a usual weekly basis.
Our trained and enthusiastic facilitators help each group form by establishing norms set by the participants, encouraging active listening and sharing while ensuring the space created is a safe, confidential and inviting environment for all to contribute at their own level of comfort.
Parent and Teacher groups are invited to participate and are organized through the FIA office. We encourage anyone interested in being involved to contact us at email@example.com for further information.
Who we are
FIA facilitators come from varied professional backgrounds: former or currently licensed teachers, family advocates, facilitators, and mediators. All come with a deep experience working with youth and their caregivers and many with training as youth crisis responders. Facilitators all receive direct training in the guiding of groups from Friendship In Action and have received clearance to work with youth from Toronto Police Services.
WHAT WE DO
Our peer-support program Kids Helping Kids Manage Stress runs in collaboration with public and independent schools. It’s designed to help youth identify and share feelings, experiences and anxieties within small, safe peer groups using the power of ‘TLC’ - Talk, Listen and Connect – to build trust, empathy and support for each other.
Programming typically runs in a series of 8 sessions with options around participation e.g. full class or self-selected.
Small groups (min. 4, max. 12) come together to talk, listen and connect and usually run on a weekly basis.
Grade levels currently range from grades 4 – 12.
Our current in-school programming has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to arrange an independent group, facilitated on a virtual platform, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Enquiries from youth and adults are welcomed.
On-line groups for Moms Dads, Grandparents, and Caregivers, as well as Teachers and College/University Students, are held on a bi-weekly basis, during the mornings and evenings, and run for 1 hour. (Attend one, several or all)
FIA believes in the ethos that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ by recognizing those who are responsible for the children we usually work with.
Supporting parents & caregivers to navigate the realities and emotions of the COVID-19 pandemic, will ultimately support the children.
Small on-line groups (min 4 – max 12) are facilitated by FIA-trained team members to provide a safe, confidential space to come together to speak about what you are feeling and experiencing, share similar challenges and support each other in whatever way possible.
For more information please email: email@example.com
Thanks to the generous donations of our backers, discounted fees or sponsorships are available for schools serving populations of socioeconomically disadvantaged youth.
An eight-week series of one-hour sessions for schools, as well as the initial introductory classroom visits, costs $1500.
Single sessions and drop-in programs for adults are currently free of charge though we welcome donations if you are able.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.