Rainbow Youth

The Rainbow Youth Program works to create safer spaces and promote inclusive services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, 2-spirit, intersex, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the counties of Peterborough, Northumberland, Haliburton and the City of Kawartha Lakes. We achieve these deliverables through education, outreach and support.

The logo for PARN’s Rainbow Youth Program featuring an image of young people in rainbow colours.

Education: Since 1998 the Rainbow Youth Program had been providing educational workshops in intermediate, secondary and post-secondary schools to increase knowledge about LGBTQ identities and raise awareness about the impacts of homonegativity and transphobia. We also provide interactive workshops to community groups and service providers with the aim to increase knowledge around LGBTQ issues, build more inclusive communities and provide better services.

Outreach: Our youth ambassador team, the queeRAdicals, engage in the community bringing a range of lived experience and information to their peers and planning events to increase visibility. The goal of our outreach is to create opportunities to foster awareness and confidence around sexual diversity and gender identity.

Support: We work to support LGBTQ youth and to provide inclusive information around sexual health and wellness. We provide a weekly drop-in space for youth to meet and share challenges and triumphs. We support a spectrum of service providers by offering guidance around best practice care for their LGBTQ clients and encourage the development of safer and inclusive spaces in which LGBTQ youth can thrive.