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. This year we are focused four primary programs for youth:
Teen Violence Prevention
This program includes practical, interactive sessions on
- anger management, alternative dispute resolution and life skills training for “at risk” girls and young women, young men and boys.
- provide a peer support network and to help ensure that young women make positive life choices and take leadership roles in their community.
- Provides support to pregnant and parenting teenagers who are
- Navigating relationship violence
- entrepreneurship training, career planning, job skills workshops, resume writing assistance
- Development of social skills.
- Integrating African indigenous knowledge framework of the ‘Extended Family’.
Straight Talk about Relationships
Our anti-violence program for Black and other young men of colour who are marginalized and “at-risk” focuses on young men who are in the criminal justice system or are at risk of displaying anti-social behaviour. This group meets three evenings weekly to discuss emerging social issues, personal/family issues educational, esteem re-building and other issues relevant to their lives. Loyan also works with men, the Toronto Police and courts, to help men who are released from prison to become re-integrated into their neighbourhoods to reduce to levels of re-offences.
This is a youth-led, youth-driven program that provides area youth with counselling, entrepreneurship training, career planning, job skills workshops, resume writing assistance, and development of other social skills.
Groundings is designed to improve the life chances of youth by creating opportunities for inter-generational learning exchanges using the African indigenous knowledge framework of the ‘Extended Family’. Through community mobilization, street-involved youth, adults, activists, and elders will come together to discuss problems and come up with positive solutions that will effect change in the neighbourhood.
Working specifically in the Jane-Finch community with the Jane-Finch Modern Batik Art Club, Toronto Community Housing and Modern Batik Artist David Kibuuka, and the Jane-Finch Community Economic Initiative. Loyan’s Seniors and Youth program engages East African youth and seniors in Modern Batik Art. Through the program, youth train seniors in this art form and display their art. This program runs year-round.
We would welcome the opportunity to partner with XX Foundation. We will follow up with you next week to discuss ways we can partner together.