Teen Violence Prevention
This program includes practical, interactive sessions on:
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.
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.
To help build a more united, safer, and stronger community for East Africans
Our Mission is to address issues of violence in the East African community through culturally and linguistically appropriate social programs.
- STOP Gun Violence
- Help Our Community
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.
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.