Grant to Support Services for LGBTQ2S+ Youth in Windsor-Essex


A Trillium Foundation grant will help support the LGBTQ2S+ community for years to come.

QLink Windsor-Essex will receive $715,000 over the next three years for peer-led support groups for youth ages 12 to 29, their families and friends.

Programs will offer a safe environment for youth to explore and discuss unique experiences related to sexual orientation, gender identity, build connections and develop a sense of community. 

Windsor Pride Community, Windsor-Essex Pride Fest and Family Services Windsor-Essex have teamed up for the QLink project.

"Family Services is more the counselling whereas Pride Fest is more social and Pride Community is more educational, so between the three of us we're kind of knocking over all the areas," says Pride Fest Board Member David Lenz. "We all have our strengths and we'll work together to accomplish the things we need to accomplish."

He says the programs are needed with youth feeling more isolated than ever.

"Especially during this time with COVID-19 it's well needed. We're truly grateful to the Trillium Foundation's support; it's going to make a huge difference," he added. "Based on our feedback survey that we did over the past two years there was 1,200 responses from that for youth programs and services and that was out of 5,000 [people] surveyed," he says. 

Lenz says many of the free programs have already been launched with more on the way in the coming weeks.

More information on what's being offered can be found on the QLink website.