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.

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Programs

Bullying Prevention Program

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics (2019), one in five students report being bullied.

Mentorship Skills Program

Mentorship skills among immigrant and refugee youth are particularly important for successful progress in a foreign culture and environment.

Empowerment Skills Program

"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." - Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Community Leadership Skills Program

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

Cyber Addiction Education Program

Throughout the world, the average person spends 6 hours a day on the internet (GobalWebIndex, 2018). High social media usage has been associated with many co-occurring mental health issues.

Self-Regulation Skills Program

Self-regulation is the ability to become aware of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and to manage them in the face of external stressors.

Resilience Building Skills 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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