FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is The SPACE's safe(r) space policy?
What happens at The SPACE?
We create a space of learning and unlearning, provide dope drop-in programming, speak back to and advocate for the needs of the people in our community, provide workshops, host tournaments of every type, connect youth to resources, build genuine relationships, care for each other, eat meals together, and more. The list can go on but essentially, we do a bit of everything.
Who does The SPACE belong to?
The SPACE belongs to all the youth who make up our community. As an organization our work mainly focuses on marginalized youth and youth of colour. However, everyone who walks through our doors is invited to be a part of our family and has ownership over the wellbeing of our space - this means that everyone has a shared responsibility to take care of our community. The SPACE is built by and kept together by the youth who care about our community and who exist within it.
What are The SPACE's values?
By youth, for youth.
What does learning and unlearning look like?
Learning and unlearning is an ongoing process, based on the understanding that there are things we are taught or shown in others' behaviour that are untrue, unjust, toxic, and harmful. We believe that each person needs to engage in a process of learning, unlearning, challenging harmful beliefs, and exploring better, healthier ways to exist alongside one another. This process could look like finding the tools or information to know and do better, talking about difficult topics with a couple of friends, or calling someone in when you see harmful behaviour.
Maya Angelou said, "Do your best until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better." This is one of our core values at The SPACE.
What are some of the things I can expect when I come by?
The SPACE has a variety of programming (click HERE to learn more), and a number of rooms that youth can access such as a lounge, resource room, games room and large hall. If it is people’s first time at The SPACE, they will be greeted by a friendly face and given a tour/orientation to introduce them to our space and community.
Is The SPACE accessible?
The SPACE strives to be physically accessible. There are physically accessible bathrooms and front doors, and no stairs, but there are certainly improvements to be made and we welcome recommendations on how to be more accessible.