Teen Violence Prevention

This program includes practical, interactive sessions on:


Anger management, alternative dispute resolution and life skills training for “at risk” girls and boys


Provide a peer support network and to help ensure that young women make positive life


Provides support to pregnant and parenting teenagers who are navigating relationship violence


Entrepreneurship training, career planning, job skills workshops, resume writing assistance


Development of self-confidence in order to make healthy for girls and young women, young men and boys to decisions


Integrating African indigenous knowledge framework of the ‘Extended Family’.

We Should Stop Gun Violence

The Loyan Foundation was founded in response to the high rates of gun violence in Toronto – and in memory to Loyan Ahmed Gilao and his friend Ali Mohamed.

Culturally-Based Programs

The Loyan Foundation engages youth in programs that are designed in a culturally-appropriate (linguistically and culturally accessible) framework for African and Black Canadians to reduce violence, build leadership skills, increase community safety and encourage positive lifestyles among teens.

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Teen Violence Prevention

Youth Leadership

Straight Talk about Relationships


About Us

To help build a more united, safer, and stronger community for East Africans

Loyan Foundation

Our Mission is to address issues of violence in the East African community through culturally and linguistically appropriate social programs.

Useful Topics

  • STOP Gun Violence
  • Help Our Community
  • Anti-Racism
  • Accountability
  • Collaboration

Loyan Foundation

Our Vision is to help build a more united, safer, and stronger community for East Africans and Torontonians in general, where all individuals at risk of exposure to violence may benefit from social and emotional support.

Adopting to Change

Our History began with the shooting death of 23 year-old Loyan Ahmed Gilao and his friend Ali Mohamed in a tragic case of mistaken identity. In the immediate aftermath of Loyan’s death, a group of youth and families and supporters from the City of Toronto included the Mayor of Toronto David Miller members of Provincial and Federal Government MPP Donna Cansfield, MPS Judy Sgrou, Boris Wsenusky, Police Service Board, Friends of Somali Community, Leaders of  Somali Canadian Community,  at large as well came together to engage in public advocacy, awareness and education initiatives to prevent the violence which had claimed Loyan’s life. This association developed into Loyan Foundation and became a registered charity in 2011.

Creative Effects

  • Race
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Neighbourhood
  • Family

Our Success Story


Support Threads


Queries Solved


Registered Users


Happy Customers

Our Community

Have a look at our people

The Loyan Foundation Was Founded In Response To

The High Rates Of Gun Violence In Toronto
Somali Girl

Somali Teenage Girl

Remember the victims of MOGADISHU
Loyan Foundation

In The Park With The Youth

Loyan Foundation Community

Somali-Canadian Community

Somali-Canadian Minister ever in Canada