Celebrating the Launch of "The Studio"

TORONTO, Feb. 24 /CNW/ - The Studio, a youth designed space in Toronto, celebrates its grand opening today from 4:30 to 7:30 at 40 Orchard View Boulevard.

The 2,500 square foot space features a multifunctional common area, three counselling rooms, an eight-station computer hub, kitchenette, an expressive arts space and an after-school youth friendly space.

The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth supports the celebratory opening of The Studio by Delisle Youth Services of Toronto as it will provide opportunities for expanding youth engagement in the Toronto community while encouraging diversity. "Young people have told us over and over again they want place based service that provides a supportive safe environment where they can connect with their peers and friends and be themselves", said Irwin Elman, Ontario's Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth.

The Advocate's Office acknowledges the particular struggles that at-risk and LGBTQ youth continue to face in simply being themselves and know that safe and supportive spaces for these young people are few and far between. "We are pleased The Studio will encourage diversity and that LGBTQ youth will have a special relationship with the space", Elman states.  The Advocate's Office is confident the young people who helped to design The Studio will also make it a success.

"This initiative is an example of real partnership, not just between the hosting organizations but also in the way that young people partnered with those older than themselves to make a vision come to light", said Elman. "It gives the rest of Ontario hope in these tough economic times."

SOURCE Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth

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