Youth testimonials

"It's been a bumpy road, but I try to keep my thoughts positive." Terence, 22, lives at Horizons for Youth. He uses a camera phone to share his life and plans for the future. This short film is part of a series called Red Button, a revolutionary approach to storytelling where doc subjects become filmmakers. Created by CBC. 

“Horizons has helped me gain confidence and motivation in moving on with my life.”
— James, age 19

“Horizons has given me a warm and safe place to stay at night, three meals a day and two snacks as well. The staff are really helpful, a listening ear when I have a concern on my mind. If it weren’t for services like Horizons, I would probably be sleeping on the street. I would not have the help and support.”
— Lydia, age 17

“Horizons has provided me with a safe place to rest my head at night when I have had nowhere else to turn. The staff provide life skills to each resident in their own unique ways and . They take the time one on one to see how they can better your situation. Furthermore, there are an advanced number of resources that have helped me to obtain the rest of my high school credits and pursue a job according to my interests. I like the programs at Horizons. The staff cater to each and everyone’s different needs, they listen, reach out, sit down and actually listen to your problems. If it weren’t for Horizons, I think I would be on the streets, in jail or possibly dead. Horizons gives hope and a chance to those who are down on their luck.”
— David, age 21
“Before I came to Canada, I lived in Miami for 3 years. I was an illegal immigrant at that time, facing possible deportation from the USA. I had to figure out what my next move was going to be, I was 24 years old at the time. I had two options, one, go back to Haiti or come to Canada for a fresh start. Canada seemed like the best option for me. When I arrived in Toronto, I did not know anyone. I found this shelter, Horizons for Youth, they literally saved my life. They clothed me, provided me with a place to sleep, I had a roof over my head and 3 meals a day, mentored me, until I was able to get on my feet. If it wasn’t for the generous, kind, open hearted staff, volunteers, and donors, I would not be the man I am today”
— Junior, now successful owner of Gratitude Hair Gallery

“I am an international student currently enrolled in a program of economics at York university. I would like to thank the Community Support Worker because she’s has been here always for me whenever I was facing problems with my previous landlord and even when I needed any kind of help, she was there by my side to assist me. I really appreciate the way she treats me ..even words can’t describe the favour that she does for me as I am completely alone and she was the only one who was giving me a helping hand. I will end this note by thanking her again and I know that you are doing a great job and you will continue to”
— Anish