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NU (New Understandings)

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Health & Medicine
  • Immigrants & Refugees
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Women


215 Spadina AvenueToronto, Ontario M5T2C7Canada Canada

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Education: Filling the knowledge gaps of sexual health in a language, cultural, religious, and youth-friendly manner. Access: Providing the local contextual knowledge needed to navigate the system and service landscape to meet one's sexual health needs. Attitudes: Strengthening positive attitudes and behaviours by breaking down misconceptions and providing perspectives from youth of newcomer backgrounds.


NU is a group of newcomer, immigrant, and second generation youth and friends who have grown up in Toronto and the GTA (TGTA) community. We strive to take a holistic perspective to sexual health that would have benefited our younger selves when first learning about sex, and one that continues to be relevant for navigating sex and sexual health. We recognized there was a unique need to explore sexual health decision making, attitudes, and service access from our diverse cultural and religious perspectives.

We are in the process of launching nuance. nuance is our response to a lack of representation of newcomer, immigrant and second generation voices in popular sex and sexual health media. We exist to diversify and expand the sexual health conversation through the power of multimedia storytelling. Our pieces include cultural and spiritual perspectives and explore how sexual health affects not only our physical, but also mental and emotional well-being.

Passionately run by young immigrants from Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. Independent publication funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and supported by Planned Parenthood Toronto.


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