Youth4Youth (Y4Y)

Join a growing network of youth who are committed to ending youth homelessness in their city by supporting one of our key campaigns. You will be helping to meet the immediate needs of our clients while they work towards a brighter future.

Please note: In order to respect the privacy of our clients, we do not have on­site volunteer opportunities for youth in the same age range as our clients. (16­-24 or younger) However, we offer opportunities specifically designed for youth to support other youth in their community. Click Here to learn about more volunteer opportunities for schools.

If you’re interested in facilitating a third party event, please complete the following form and submit to our Volunteer Engagement Specialist at 


At Youth Without Shelter, we understand the importance of addressing the barriers to education and employment opportunities faced by many homeless youth. Without a means to travel to and from school or work, many youth simply stop going, alienating themselves from their peers, and the support systems that are crucial to their future success and their ability to find stable housing and employment. Transit allows youth to get their lives back.

Get your school involved with Time4Change, our annual event aimed to help raise funds for transit fare and other essential wrap around supports for the youth we serve. Launched in 2010 Time4Change (formerly Tokens4Change) had it’s tenth year anniversary in 2020. Since it’s launch, T4C has raised more than $750,000 and engaged 4,500 students and volunteers from local schools.

Click here to see photo highlights. To sign your school up today for the 2020 Time4Change, please contact our Community Engagement and Education Specialist at 416.748.0110 ext. 62 or

Personal Care Kits

The youth we serve often come to us with very few belongings and do not have the means to obtain even the most basic necessities. When a youth arrives at YWS, we provide them with their own personal care kit. This kit contains all of the items they need to look after their personal hygiene. You can help a new resident acclimatize to their temporary home by organizing a collection of essential personal care products and assembling Personal Care Kits in your school, community or at home with your family.  Click Here for a complete list of items. Please note: due to our current capacity, if you would like to start creating kits contact our Volunteer Engagement Specialist at 416.748.0110 x 39 or for more information.

Paper Bag Lunch

Over 5,000 Paper Bag Lunches are needed annually for YWS residents who attend school or work. These lunches are also distributed to youth who arrive in crisis during the night. To get your class or youth group involved in Brown Bag It contact our Volunteer Engagement Specialist at 416.748.0110 x 39 or

The Next Step Kit

The YWS Housing Program focuses on placing youth into stable affordable housing by conducting workshop on budgeting, cooking, laundry and tenant responsibilities. Project On the Move was created to assist youth who are moving out for the first time through the YWS Housing Program acclimatize to their new environment, while easing some of the costs associated with living on their own. Each kit contains essential items such as linens, dishes, pots and pans, towels and household cleaning supplies. Help a resident make the move to independence by sponsoring a Next Step Kit for $250 or by organizing a collection drive of these essential items for our young residents. Click Here for a complete list of items. For more info please contact our Volunteer Engagement Specialist at 416.748.0110 x 39 or 

Food Care Packages

The cost of living independently can be an expensive journey, and some youth must make the choice between shelter and food. This is a choice that no individual should have to make. YWS helps ease some of the costs associated with youth living on their own with food care packages. Put together Food Care Packages or organize a collection drive of essential items for our young residents moving out on their own. These items include; a reusable bag of non-­perishable food items such as: cereal, Kraft Dinner, Mr. Noodles, canned meats, snack foods & condiments. For more info please contact our Volunteer Engagement Specialist at 416.748.0110 x 39 or 

Book a Speaker

Raising awareness is a key part of the solution to ending homelessness. Learn more about the stories behind the statistics and book a speaker to come out to your school today. We can provide school­wide speeches or workshops for up to 30 students. For more information or to book a speaker/workshop, contact our Community Engagement and Education Specialist at or 416.748.0110 x 62.

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

Thank you for choosing Youth Without Shelter for your Youth and Philanthropy Initiative project. We hope to make your experience learning about the charitable sector as rewarding and engaging as possible. YPI tours can be arranged by contacting us at

or call 416.748.0110 x 62.

Please note that we cannot accommodate tours on a drop in basis. Please call to book a tour well in advance of the date you wish to visit.

To help you create the best presentation for your assignment, please review the following important information and shelter policies:

  • For the security of our residents, we cannot allow photographs or videos to be taken of the shelter. Photos and a video will be provided to you for your assignment.
  • Please be on time for your scheduled tour. Groups that are late may be asked to reschedule for a later date.
  • Cancellations: If you need to reschedule your tour please send an email to 24 hours in advance.

YWS has adopted the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement.