From runaway teens to sexual minority adolescents, vulnerable youth have compelling stories to share.
They often experience stigma and trauma in their lives, such as bullying, abuse, sexual exploitation and other violence, which can fundamentally influence their health and development.
Compared to peers who are not stigmatized, they may face increased health challenges, including severe stress, alcohol and drug abuse, suicide attempts and early pregnancy.
We want to change those stories.
We are the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC), a team of researchers dedicated to finding evidence-based strategies that will reduce stigma and improve resilience among vulnerable youth populations.
Through a multidisciplinary approach, we collaborate with health professionals, policy-makers, educators, and service providers to identify the social forces and strategies that foster healthy environments for youth.