About Us

YALA - Youth Access Leadership Association - is a not-for-profit organization based in London, Ontario that aims to emotionally empower youth in Canada and abroad by providing mental health services and psychosocial support programs.





Your donation can transform lives


Bullying Prevention Program

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics (2019), one in five students report being bullied. Research highlights the psychological consequences of bullying on both the victims and the bullies.

Community Leadership Program

"Community leadership is the courage, creativity and capacity to inspire participation, development, and sustainability for strong communities." - Gustav Nossal.

Self-Regulation and Resilience Building Program

Resilient refugee youth have the ability to recover faster from life’s adversities, such as culture shock, financial loss, exposure to war, or the loss of a loved one.
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How do we help youth?

We’re On A Mission To ...

Protect and Improve Psychosocial Well-being

We strive to help youth achieve high levels of positive functioning and to create a healthy balance in emotions, thoughts and social relationships that establishes a sense of mastery and personal growth.

Build Community Resources

Youth will be able to participate in finding solutions for the challenges that face their community, as well as actively reach out, train, and mentor other youth on how take a proactive role in handling community challenges.

Strengthen Identity

Our programs help youth to integrate into the Canadian culture by building a strong sense of identity within their families, schools, and communities, and to build coping behaviors and self-regulation skills to manage issues related to racism, discrimination, and social marginalization as well as the lack of recognition of the immigrant's life and learning experiences.

Enact Equity and Inclusion

We aim to increase youths' awareness, knowledge, and skills in practicing equity and inclusion in the community as well as developing advocacy campaigns to remove barriers that contribute to inequality and injustice.

Our Mission

To protect and improve the psychosocial well-being of youth, support their community engagement, strengthen their identity, and enact equity and inclusion through capacity building and psychosocial support services in Canada and abroad.

Our Vision

To connect and provide refugee and immigrant youth with culturally sensitive mental health and psychosocial support services.






Our Values

Our work is guided by the values of healing, inspiration, enlightenment, engagement, empowerment, transformation, non-discrimination, and opportunity.

How Can You Help?

Your donation will help us change and improve lives through providing mental health support and education.

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Recent posts

21 Jun

Refugee Youth’s Identity and Perceptions During Transition and Integration

Refugee youth experience a range of challenges while transitioning […]

21 Jun

Community Leadership and Refugee Youth Evolvement

Newcomers to Canada need opportunities to integrate into their […]

21 Jun

The Role of Emotional Skills in Supporting Refugee Youth Mental Health

According to statistics from the United Nations (UN), nearly […]