Finding their way: the LGBTQ+ Newcomer Youth Experience

Presenters: Elvia Maria Peñate and Adanyi Phillip
Date:  Dec. 7, 2016


Newcomer youth, including refugee youth, who identify as LGBTQ+ have unique needs during their resettlement in Canada. They may also face particular challenges that affect their mental health. Service providers should be aware of how to support these youth in a sensitive and effective manner.

Join this webinar to explore the settlement experience for LGBTQ+ newcomer youth. We will explore the intersectionality of homophobia, racism and xenophobia that LGBTQ+ newcomer youth may face when they arrive in Canada and the barriers this creates for them. We will also discuss how this affects the mental health and well-being of the youth.  Participants in this webinar will gain a better awareness to help them support the needs of LGBTQ+ newcomer youth.

Presenter biographies:

Adanyi Phillip
Adanyi Phillip is a settlement/outreach worker who has been with the reachOUT program at Griffin Centre since 2014. Adanyi attended Nipissing University, majoring in Sociology. Her work is directed to LGBTQ+ racialized newcomer youth who are integrating in Canadian Society.
Elvia Maria Peñate
Elvia Maria Peñate identifies as a queer, Latinx community worker.  Her educational background is in Social Service Work with a specialization in violence against women and children. She knows personally and professionally the negative effects of discrimination on individuals and communities and the importance of being aware of intersectionality and of working from a place of anti-oppression. Her personal experience and her ten plus years of work experience have shown Elvia-Maria the importance of being aware of the many identities we all live and this has led her to work with Queer People of Colour within her communities.