Here you will find groups and workshops hosted by Foundry Virtual. If you have a question about a group or workshop listed below, please email online@foundrybc.ca

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COMING SOON!

Foundry Virtual and the Urban Native Youth Association 2-Spirit Collective are launching a virtual drop-in for young people anywhere in BC who identify as both Indigenous and LGBTQ2A+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, Two-Spirit, asexual, or anyone else who identifies as gender/sexual variant). The drop-in will be held monthly over Zoom and will feature a range of different activities, with a focus on social and cultural connection. Materials (such as art supplies) will be provided for those in need.

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If you’re between the ages of 15 and 24, identify as Indigenous and LGBTQ2A+, and are interested in connecting with other young people with similar experiences, join us for a feedback and information session on Tuesday, October 27th to find out more about the group and to let us know what activities you’d like to see at upcoming sessions.

The feedback and information session will take place from 6 to 7 pm (PST) over Zoom. We’d love to hear your suggestions! You’ll also receive a $5 e-gift card of your choice as a thank you for participating.

Attend the feedback and information session by filling out the registration link. Once you submit the form, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to join over Zoom. We hope to see you there!

YMind - Youth Mindfulness Group

If anxiety is impacting your life and preventing you from doing what you want or need to do, this group is for you. Y Mind Youth is a free seven-week program delivered across BC. Y Mind Youth supports people ages 18- 24 who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety to learn and practice evidence-based strategies to increase coping. This group is led by trained mental health professionals and gives young adults the chance to connect with others who are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings.

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More Details about YMIND

Who: Young people 18-24 who self-identify with experiencing mild to moderate anxiety

What: 7 week closed group (must commit to all 7 weeks to best of ability) plus intake and follow up

When: Wednesdays 5:30-8:00pm starting Wednesday Oct 28th (Oct 28, nov 4, nov 11 STAT skip, nov 18, nov 25, dec 2, dec 9)

Where: Foundry virtual via zoom

Monthly Foundry Q&A

Do you want to learn more about Foundry? Have questions about Foundry's virtual services? Join our monthly Q&A session, where virtual care peer supporters will answer any questions you have?
Our upcoming times:
October 20th 7:00-8:00 PM
November 17th 7:00-8:00 PM
December 15th 7:00-8:00 PM

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#relationshipgoals

It’s common to see #relationshipgoals tagged on social media – but what does a healthy relationship mean to you? Join the #relationshipgoals group to understand how communication, compromise, and commitment work together to help us to increase our relationship wellness and emotional vocabulary. This group will be co-facilitated by a counsellor and a youth peer supporter and will take place Monday evenings from 6 PM - 7 PM beginning October 5th..

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FAQ for #relationshipgoals

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When and where is the #relationshipgoals group? 

The #relationshipgoals group is held over Zoom and takes place every Monday evening from 6:00-7:00pm beginning September 14th. If you haven’t used Zoom before, check out our Guidelines for Using Zoom. 

What can I expect from coming to the #relationshipgoals group? 

#relationshipgoals is a group where we come together to talk about what it means to have healthy relationships with the important people in our lives. This can include friendships, romantic relationships, family relationships, as well as others. The goal of this group is to learn healthy tools and strategies to increase our communication skills, name our feelings, and boost our sense of overall satisfaction in relationships. We will facilitate this learning through exploring communication and boundary-setting strategies, peer connection, and fun social activities.  

Is this a support group? 

#relationshipgoals is skills-based group for participants to learn more about cultivating and fostering healthy relationships in our lives. There will be an opportunity to share our lived relationship experiences and receive peer support from the grouphowever, the emphasis will be on collaborative education. If you are looking for one-on-one services, including counselling or peer support, please visit Foundry Virtual Services for more information. 

What topics will be covered in this group? 

Group facilitators will meet individually with each participant prior to the first session to adapt the group content to best meet the needs of what young people are looking for. In addition to feedback from participants, we will explore topics such as the three “Cs” of relationships, which include communication, compromise, and commitmentThis includes providing examples of what healthy and secure relationships can look like and talking about how unhealthy relationships can manifest in our livesWe’ll also facilitate fun activities to get to know each other including icebreakers and talk and share activities!  

Is this group confidential? 

The #relationshipgoals group facilitators work as part of the Foundry team and will take notes after each group so that we can keep track of what services and activities young people are interested in, or how the group could be improved in the future. This group is open to young people across BC, so we ask that participants are mindful of each other’s privacy and don’t share personal information they hear during the group without permission. 

I’m worried about upsetting topics that may arise during the Healthy Relationships group.  

If you are aware of any topics that may be distressing or triggering for you, please indicate this to the facilitators during the one-on-one information sessionWe ask that participants check in with the rest of the group before sharing something that could be triggering (meaning it could be emotionally distressing for others in the group). The facilitators will also work with the group to create a community agreement beforehand to make sure everyone feels safe during #relationshipgoals. If you need additional support during or after the groupplease know that you can exit the group at any time and a facilitator will check in with you if you wish. 

How can I attend this group? 

You can begin by completing the registration form here. Upon completion, our program assistant will reach out to you by email to arrange a brief 15-minute information session with a group facilitator. The purpose of the information session is to go over the group content together and hear what each group member would like to get out of the workshop series and how we can best meet your needs as facilitators. Please note this information session is mandatory to be able to attend the group to ensure all group members have the most meaningful and inclusive experience possible. 

 

For any additional questions on #relationshipgoals please email online@foundrybc.ca

Queer Cafe

Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:00 pm for Foundry Virtual’s Queer Café!

Queer Cafe invites Young people ages 12-24 who identify as LGBTQ2IA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Two-Spirit, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic/Agender, or another gender or sexual orientation minority) to meet over Zoom for activities and conversation in a supportive, inclusive environment. The Queer Café is facilitated by youth peer supporters from Foundry Virtual who identify as LGBTQ2IA+ and features a mix of activities, discussion, games, workshops, and more!

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Learn more about Queer Cafe

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Who is the Queer Café for?
Anyone in BC between the ages of 12 and 24 who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ2IA+ community is welcome to attend, including but not limited to people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, Two-Spirit, queer, non-binary, asexual, aromantic, agender, genderqueer, genderfluid, intersex, or questioning. You don’t need to have used Foundry services before, and you don’t need a referral from a professional.  

When and where is the Queer Café?
The Queer Café is held over Zoom and takes place every Thursday evening from 6:00-7:00pm. The facilitators will be available for half an hour after the Queer Café (until 7:30 pm) if you would like to talk more about anything that came up during the session. If you haven’t used Zoom before, check out our Guidelines for Using Zoom 

Who runs the Queer Café?
The Queer Café is facilitated by two youth peer supporters who identify as LGBTQ2IA+. A peer supporter is a trained support worker who has lived experience of the different types of issues they help others with, like mental health or substance use challenges. A youth peer supporter is a peer supporter who is close to your own age (between the ages of 17 and 25). 

What activities does the Queer Café involve?
The Queer Café features a wide variety of different activities, and you can choose which sessions you’re interested in attending. Every session includes time for introductions, going over guidelines for the group, and talking about how we are all doing. You never have to share anything you don’t want to and can participate as little or as much as you would like in conversations and activities.  

Some examples of activities the Queer Café might include are making art together, playing games, workshops on topics like sexual health, and presentations by LGBTQ2A+ artists. You can talk about anything at the Queer Café, not just LGBTQ2IA+ issues, but the facilitators may also lead discussions about topics specifically related to being LGBTQ2IA+, like relationships or coming out. You can see what’s planned each week by looking at our calendar (coming soon) or following us on Instagram.

How can I attend the Queer Café?
You need to register for the Queer Café before you are able to attend any sessions; however, once you are registered, you can attend as many or as few as you want (or none at all). Fill out the registration form now!

The form asks for information such as your name, date of birth, and contact information. This helps us keep track of how many people attend the group and what age demographic they belong to, and ensures we are able to contact you about the group and that people don’t join the group for inappropriate reasons (for example, to harass other participants). After you fill out the form, you will receive an email from a staff member at Foundry confirming your registration and providing you with instructions on how to attend the group. Before each session, you will receive a reminder email notifying you of what will be happening at the Queer Café that week, along with a link to click to join the session on Zoom. 

How do I get news and updates about the Queer Café?
To see what’s happening at this week’s Queer Café, or to check what’s planned for upcoming sessions, check out our calendar (coming soon), follow us on Instagram, or email us at online@foundrybc.ca to be added to our email list. 

Do I have to use my legal name to sign up for the Queer Café?
When you register, you’ll be asked to give your first and last name as well as your birthday so that Foundry can keep track of how many people attend the Queer Café and what age demographic they belong to. You’ll also be asked for contact information, like a phone number or email address. You’ll have the option to provide a preferred name that’s different from your legal name. You can also select your own display name on Zoom. 

Is the Queer Café confidential?
The Queer Café facilitators are part of the Foundry team and will take notes after the group so that we can keep track of what services and activities young people are interested in or how the group could be improved. That information won’t be shared with anyone outside of Foundry unless someone is in danger and needs immediate help or we’re ordered by a court to share it. The Queer Café welcomes young people from all over BC who might have a range of experiences and privacy concerns to attend, so we ask that participants don’t share personal information they hear during the group without permission. 

I’m worried about upsetting topics that might come up. Is the Queer Café safe?
Participants are free to talk about anything at the Queer Café, but the facilitators will do their best to ensure that everyone in the group feels comfortable with any topics that come up and pause the conversation if needed. We ask that participants check in with the rest of the group before sharing something that could be triggering (meaning it could be emotionally distressing for others in the group). The facilitators will also work with the group to create a community agreement beforehand to make sure everyone feels safe during the Queer Café. If you need additional support during or after the Queer Café, one of the facilitators can check in with you individually. 

Can I leave the Queer Café?
Yes, you can leave the Queer Café at any time, for any reason. If there are concerns about your safety, a Foundry worker will contact you afterwards to check in. 

I don’t see my identity listed here/I’m not sure how I identify. Is the Queer Café right for me?
The Queer Café strives to be as inclusive as possible, and while the facilitators may not be familiar with your unique identity and experiences, they are always open to learning more. You don’t need to use any specific word for your identity or experiences to attend. The facilitators are happy to speak to you privately during or after the Queer Café if you have concerns about names, pronouns, or other language related to your identity, or would like additional support communicating your identity to the group. 

I’m experiencing a crisis right now and need immediate help. Is the Queer Café right for me?
The Queer Café is an activity and discussion group, and isn’t meant to provide crisis support or intervention. If this is an emergency, consider contacting one of the following services, or call 911: 

I’m looking for one-on-one support from a counselor or peer supporter. Is the Queer Café right for me?
Although Foundry also offers virtual counselling and one-on-one peer support for LGBTQ2IA+ youth, the Queer Café is intended as a social space. This means it is not well-suited to provide one-on-one support. If you would like to speak to someone individually, you can check out Foundry’s other virtual services.

I’m looking for group therapy/a clinical group. Is the Queer Café right for me?
The Queer Café is a peer support group, not a clinical group. This means that we come together as peers for social support; however, we don’t teach therapy techniques in this group and the facilitators are not professional counsellors. Foundry will be offering clinical groups online in the future. Check out Foundry’s other virtual services.

SPEAK UP!

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Ever get the feeling that nobody is listening? Maybe even that nobody cares about what you have to say? It’s time for your voice to be heard and “Speak Up!”

Join Foundry Virtual’s “Speak Up” 5-week webinar series where we dive into what your rights are as a young person in BC. Each week we will be answering important questions that may impact you along with some of BC’s most effective advocates. These session are beneficial for young people and those who work with young people.

Topics/Dates

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Speak Up is now complete. The recordings will be up soon!
Here are some of the topics and dates for the topics on Speak Up!
Advocating to Medical Professionals – August 4th 2020 4:00PM PST 
The Mental Health Act and You – August 10th 2020 4:00PM PST
Navigating the Child Welfare System – August 17th 2020 4:00PM PST
Legal Aid Services – August 24th 2020 4:00PM PST
Victim Services – August 31st  2020 4:00PM PST
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