For the past 10 years, YWS has hosted our annual Time4Change fundraiser across the city of Toronto working along side our community partners in an effort to educate Toronto students about youth homelessness through fundraising and art activism. As we move into our 11th consecutive year of our Time4Change campaign, we are providing more support for youth experiencing homelessness than ever before. Beyond safety, shelter, and food, we offer a safe space to call home during the pandemic with a team of staff providing vital emotional support and mental health counselling that youth need in order to continue going to school, work, and moving towards stable living. Now more than ever, our youth need your help. And together, we can do our best to end youth homelessness, one youth at a time, one step at a time.
The History of T4C
Time4Change began as Tokens4Change (T4C) as a third party fundraising event in 2010. Scott Parish, a student volunteer with YWS and later a YWS Board member, alongside co-founders Salar Javid and Meggie Lyness-Javid, saw a need with the youth we support and decided to join together to spark change. Scott, Salar, and Meggie were struck by how something so small like providing transit fare could have such a positive impact on the lives of homeless youth. With family, friends, and a YWS community partner, Project: Humanity, Scott envisioned an experience to engage youth supporting youth.
By educating youth about the issue of homelessness and providing them with an avenue through art activism to create awareness within the community, T4C evolved into a successful city-wide YWS event aimed at supporting YWS’s work and providing youth with transit fare by 2011.
In early 2020, we celebrated T4C’s 10th anniversary with 350 community volunteers, students, and corporate partners who raised funds at 20 different canvassing stations across the city of Toronto. Since its launch, T4C has raised more than $750,000 and engaged 4,500 students and volunteers. All funds support our essential transit fare costs and wrap-around programming for the youth at YWS.
T4C in the news
- Youth T4C Fundraiser, Leah, on Global News
- Youth T4C Fundraiser, Leah, featured in Toronto.com Article
- T4C & creArt on CP24 and CTV News
- Taskmastter on Breakfast Television Toronto
- Global News Morning
- CP24 News -with Lisa Hayman
- CTV News -with Lisa Hayman
- CP24 News -with Steve Doherty
- CP24 News– Bell Let’s Talk Day
- Global News: “Making a Difference – Toronto Students learning about youth homelessness through art activism”
- CTVNews Channel: Steve Doherty, Executive Director of Youth Without Shelter joins CTVNews for #BellLetsTalk to discuss the links between youth homelessness and mental illness.
- Toronto Sun: “Etobicoke shelter gives homeless youth a fresh start”
- CBC Our Toronto: Tokens4Change 2018
- Voices of T4C students and volunteers
Time4Change has been one of the more fulfilling things I’ve done while volunteering with YWS. It’s truly amazing to see over 500 people volunteer on one day, all with the common goal of raising awareness for youth homeless and raising funds to help these youth become more independent. It is so rewarding to be a part of something that has such a positive influence on the shelter. It is not just about the funds we raise that day; so much of the impact for me is the great feeling we get because it truly is a community effort and it’s a great opportunity to introduce people to YWS. T4C always reminds me of what we, as civic minded individuals, can accomplish in our community when we are working together.