Singing is an outlet for finding peace and solace, or to decompress from life’s hardships. Recognizing the power of song, volunteers at Covenant House Toronto host an open-mic Karaoke Night for our youth several times a month. Here, youth can find their voice, let loose and express themselves. Volunteer Amy Kirkpatrick’s passion for singing and [...]
On a Friday evening in June, youth from around the house gathered in our employment centre for a one-day spa and salon pop-up event. Hosted by Kasia from the P.E.A.C.E. (Peer Education and Connection Through Empowerment) Project and Aleks from our in-house barbershop, the evening encouraged the youth to explore both their inner and outer [...]
One of the first things youth notice when they walk into our employment centre is a barbershop chair and desk with haircutting tools. Aleks, our employment counsellor who assists youth to prepare applications and find work, is also a barber. He had the idea to provide a weekly barbershop when he saw that many of [...]
For many of our young people who may have faced abuse, neglect, family rejection or homelessness, they must find a way to make peace with their history before they embrace a more hopeful future. The youth who come to us often grapple with crises of the spirit that other people their age have never had [...]
Sex trafficking is a serious issue that is happening in plain sight in our communities…if you know how to look for it. Hotel staff are often working on the frontlines where many young girls are being trafficked, but they do not always recognize it.