The aim of the Toronto Teen Survey (TTS) was to gather information from youth on assets, gaps, and barriers that currently exist in sexual health education and services and to use the information to develop a city-wide strategy to increase positive sexual health outcomes for diverse Toronto youth.
The TTS research project was a partnership between the Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention Project (University of Toronto), Planned Parenthood, York University’s Faculty of Environmental Sciences, the University of Toronto’s Public Health Sciences Department, the Ontario HIV/AIDS Treatment Network (OHTN), and Toronto Public Health. Teens were integrally involved in all stages of the TTS project design, development, implementation, and evaluation.
The TTS team also worked with community-based organizations in order to create a series of bulletins that distilled our findings for specific youth communities:
- LGTBQ youth: Created in partnership with Rainbow Health Ontario, Supporting Our Youth, and the Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line
- Black, African and Caribbean Youth: Created in partnership with the African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS
- Newcomer and longer-term immigrant youth: Created in partnership with the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
- Young parents and youth involved in pregnancies: Created in partnership with the June Callwood Centre for Women and Families