Thanks to the support of our longstanding sponsor BMO Financial Group, we are proud to announce the newly-launched pilot CHEERS program, just one of the initiatives focused on youth leaving care that’s being sponsored through BMO’s multi-year commitment to youth transitioning to independence.

Spearheaded by former youth in care, Anayah Phares, in partnership with Central Toronto Community Health Centre, CHEERS is a mentorship program developed to support Black youth from care throughout Toronto. Providing these young people with wraparound support services as they transition from care to independence, the program’s main objectives include:

  1. To facilitate a smooth transition from care to independence by equipping youth in care with essential life skills.

  2. To enable youth in and from care to develop a stable support system including building relationships with positive peers and mentors.

  3. To encourage and support youth in and from care with their pursuit of higher education through access to resources.

Check out Anayah on “What She Said”, discussing the importance of supporting youth in/from care:

Learn more about how you can support Black youth in care through the Children’s Aid Foundation.

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The Children's Aid Foundation of Canada funds programs to help Canada's most vulnerable children and youth, those who have experienced or are at risk of abuse and neglect, overcome the obstacles in life that prevent them from reaching their full potential. We are committed to giving ongoing support to those who need it most.

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