Teen Violence Prevention

This program includes practical, interactive sessions on:


We work with young people on finding alternative dispute resolutions. We work together with parents and youth and equip them with the resources they need to thrive.


Provide a peer support network and to help ensure that young people make positive life choices.


By connecting them to valuable resources and supports  we not only strengthening family relationships, but also help create a sense of community and connection.


We support youth in building the required skills for employment and entrepreneurship, job-specific trainings, career planning, job skills workshops, resume writing assistance and more.


Our Youth Programs are designed to build character and confidence, promote civic engagement and community engagement all with the to develop confidence.


Loyan Foundation recognizes that youth today are faced with many challenges and are faced with making tough decisions.

We Should Stop Gun Violence

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

Our Programs

Our programs are designed to address the needs of communities and tackle relevant social issues, encourage and empower families, children and youth, and help them set a path for success.

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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 in a tragic case of mistaken identity. Loyan was a forward-looking and community conscious young man, who started a youth development program called We Help, committed to building youth programming in his community. While his work was cut short all too soon, in the immediate aftermath of Loyan’s death, a group of families and supporters came together to engage in public advocacy, awareness and education initiatives to prevent the violence which had claimed Loyan’s life and carry on his work and passion. This association developed into Loyan Foundation and became a registered charity in 2011. We have since expanded activities to develop youth-oriented violence prevention programming and research. See our PROGRAMS page for more information.

Our Roots/ History

  • Loyan Foundation began in 2005
  • Expanded activities to develop youth-oriented violence prevention programming and research

Our Success Story


Immigrants Helped


Queries Solved


Registered Users


Happy Customers

The Loyan Foundation Was Founded In Response To

The High Rates Of Gun Violence In Toronto
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