After an absence of nearly 3 years and at a time where the demand for youth mental health services are greater than ever, we are happy to have Shine Out! Shout Out! return on Sep 10, 2022 at Canlan Ice Sports in Oakville.
We are thrilled to announce that not only has our event sold out, but we even have a waitlist for people who are interested in getting together to play a sport they love and to support youth mental health.
This year will see 22 adult recreational hockey teams coming together in support of the Just Be You peer support program for youth dealing with mental health and addiction concerns. Just Be You is run through the Centre for Innovation in Peer Support at Support House in Oakville.
Programs like Just Be You are needed more than ever. And this is where you come in. We are asking you to help make a huge difference in the lives of youth by making this our most memorable fundraising event and allowing us to make the most of the Kindred Foundation’s pledge of matching up to $15,000 in donations! We would love to achieve a fundraising goal of $50,000 this year and make this the best Shine Out! Shout Out! ever. We know we can do it with your help.
Teams involved in Shine Out! Shout Out! are challenged to raise funds and compete for the top fundraising team. The top three teams will receive a prize pack and team recognition at the tournament and in social media. Individuals and Teams are asked to make donations to the Just Be You fund and note the team name in the comments to allow us to track the total for the team. Teams are also encouraged to have family and friends and colleagues, and organizations to donate on their behalf. Tax receipts are issued for donations of $20 or more.
For those not playing hockey, there are many ways to support the event and raise funds for the Just Be You Peer program:
- Donate to the Just Be You Fund. All donations raised in connection with Shine Out! Shout Out! Go directly to support the Just Be You peer program. Tax receipts will be provided
- Donate prizes for the draws or silent auction, or consider sponsoring the event
- Come to the arena the day of the event and make a donation in person (there will be tiptap touchless devices on site)Participants and members of the public will also have the opportunity to:
- Bid on our silent auction items online or in person or participate in one of our draws
- Learn about mental health and addiction supports and services with displays from community resources
- From 2- 3 p.m. join in for the presentations from the Just Be Youth and event organizers, as well as the winner of the VICKI award, in recognition of a person or organization who is making a difference in the mental health system.ABOUT JUST BE YOU
Like many organizations, the Pandemic caused us to pause our Shine Out! Shout Out! fundraising event for the last two years. But, while our fundraising was paused, the work of the Just Be You peer program for youth dealing with mental health concerns continued. During the Pandemic the program was able to run virtually which allowed youth who came to the program to stay connected, not only with friends but also with community resources, and to have a safe place to hang out and have fun. The Pandemic showed us the harsh impact of isolation, loss of social connection, and inability to do things that are part of everyday life (like school) on a young person’s mental well-being.
The Just Be You (JBY) peer support program was started as a means to fill the gap for youth for whom there is no effective transition from the youth to the adult mental health system. Co-designed with youth, JBY is unique in its offering as a weekly social-recreational peer program that runs all year. JBY provides a space for youth ages 15-25 to hang out, have fun, without fear of judgment or stigma, to socialize on their terms, and to just be youth. To know that they are not alone at a time when they feel alone. Youth do not need a diagnosis to attend. Access is drop-in based.
JBY reaches youth that are socially isolated and/or facing multiple barriers of stigma, financial challenges, illness, or transportation. For some youth JBY is a safe entry point in seeking support for their mental health. Transportation is provided for youth that would otherwise not be able to attend and who would therefore remain isolated. Often there are barriers to accessing mental health programs such as where you live or whether you have a diagnosis; we didn’t want to do that for this program. Youth choose what activities they want to do whether it is having someone to come in and speak with them; a community event; or even just hanging out, having fun and chatting with each other – all at no cost for the youth. Staff trained in mental health and peer support are available for check-ins and one-on-one chats.
The key source of funding for JBY is raised at Shine Out! Shout Out! and supplemented by funding from individual donations and grants from organizations like Kindred Foundation. The program is run in partnership with Support House and is also connected to other community organizations such as ADAPT, and ROCK in Halton.
Thanks to the Shine Out! Shout Out! tournament we have been able to provide 7 years of peer support to youth in Halton – that is 450 drop-in sessions and a cumulative attendance of over 5,000. As well, Just Be You has assisted with numerous connections/referrals to mental health, addictions, housing, or social service supports.
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