$20,000 donation from TELUS Greater Toronto Area Community Board enables Acorn to Oak Youth & Community Services to support local at-risk youth
Online PR News – 11-August-2021 – Mississauga, Ontario – The TELUS Friendly Future Foundation has donated $20,000 towards Acorn to Oak’s effort in supporting the mental health and wellness of over 245 youth and their families. With the on-set of COVID-19, Acorn to Oak has witnessed the dire need for additional support among youth and their families dealing with issues of mental health and overall wellness. Daily, there are increasing reports of attempted suicide, university drop outs,
isolation, self-harm, depression, anxiety, addiction, and fear among youth. Mental health facilities are overwhelmed with long wait periods (minimum 3 weeks at CAMH) for appointments. We are experiencing a mental health epidemic, and as an organization, we want to continue to offer support to the youth and their families during these difficult times.
“Every acorn can become a great oak given the right conditions. We believe every youth-in spite of their current circumstances-has the potential to thrive”
The impact of this donation has been immense, as we are now able to provide youth and their families with the mental health and wellness support through this program namely “ALL RISE.” This program will enable the youth and their families to rise above their circumstances, to better cope with the uncertainty and seeming hopelessness brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. This amount will contribute to a 12-week mental wellness program directed towards youth aged 12- 25 years old who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford it. The target communities are Mississauga, Etobicoke North, Brampton, and Jane & Finch respectively. This $20,000 will be put towards one-on-one counselling sessions, group counselling sessions, and 4 workshops dealing
with anxiety, depression, autism, and ADHD.
“As we reflect on the impact of the pandemic, there is a need for additional mental health resources for youth and their families. We are proud to support our community partners like Acorn to Oak Youth & Community Services, which supports the mental health and wellness of youth and their families in the GTA,” said Shanan Spencer-Brown, Executive Director, TELUS Friendly Future Foundation. “This investment will help to ensure the “ALL RISE” program is there for those who need this support, helping them rise above.” The TELUS Friendly Future Foundation commends Acorn to Oak Youth Services for its impressive work and for taking care of Canadians
in their community.
For more information on Acorn to Oak Youth Services, its’ current programs, along with the $20,000 grant, please visit http://www.acorn2oak.ca , and for more information on the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation visit http://www.friendlyfuture.com.