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Arab Community Centre of Toronto – Domestic Abuse Education Project

Group Name: Arab Community Centre of Toronto – Domestic Abuse Education Project

Description: The Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT) is a non for profit organization with charitable status, and is non-political and non-sectarian. The ACCT is proud to be a focal point for all Arab and non-Arab communities in which they can find an outlet for settlement and social services inquiries. We serve newcomers of all cultures, religions and ethnicities.

The Domestic Abuse Education project’s aim is to raise awareness regarding violence against women, elders and children and to educate clients about the effects of violence and inform them about better ways of dealing with conflict.

This past year, we noticed an increase of domestic violence cases. We had quite a few cases that were referred to us by the Police Victim Services, Social Services, LINC schools and probation Officers. Fortunate enough we were able to prevent a few cases from escalating, especially cases that were brought to our attention before being reported to the police. Counseling was a great help in many of these cases.

Where: 555 Burnhamthorpe Road, Suite 209 | Etobicoke, ON M9C 2Y3

When: Please call for more information on location and times.

Contact: 416-231-7746 | |

Afghan Women’s Organization – Family Support

Group Name: Afghan Women’s Organization – Family Support

Description: Afghan Women’s Organization (AWO) first opened its doors to address the needs of Afghan women living in Ontario. AWO began by offering English training and settlement services for newly arrived Afghan women. Not only have we significantly expanded these particular services, but have also considerably broadened the scope of our projects and programs. Currently, the AWO’s various projects and programs are assisting hundreds of Afghan refugees immigrate to Canada; helping ease the settlement process for many new immigrants in Ontario; providing resources to find employment and training opportunities; offering psychological support; and creating individual and group counseling for families, seniors and youth.

Family Support
Through counselling and education, the AWO’s Family Crisis Support Program helps families within the Afghan community resolve domestic issues. The program’s approach to addressing conflicts and crisis within the families is influenced by their understanding of cultural norms and values within Afghan society. The Family Crisis Support program works with shelters, the police, and the court system to provide counseling and education on:

  • Spousal Abuse
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Neglect
  • Conflict Resolution

There are also information sessions on conflict resolution techniques, improving communication between partners, improving communication with children, and improving communication among siblings. Counselling sessions are arranged to help families address and resolve intra-family issues. The counselling sessions are strictly confidential and culturally competent. *Services are provided in Dari, Pashto, Farsi, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and English.

Where: 789 Don Mills Rd., # 700 | Toronto, ON M3C 1T5

When: Please call for more information on location and times.

Contact: 416-588-3585 | |

Native Child & Family Services of Toronto – Youth and Parents

Group Name: Native Child & Family Services of Toronto – Youth and Parents (YAP)

Description: Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) was founded in 1986 by concerned members of Toronto’s Native community. The founders were concerned about the high number of children in the care of Children’s Aid Societies and by the issues, such as poverty, addictions, family violence, and homelessness, confronting Native families in the city. The founders were further concerned that while the Native family had many issues before it, few services within the mainstream sector were available to meet the needs of an increasingly voiceless and marginalized community.

Youth and Parents (YAP)
This 12-week program is for parents and youth aged 13 to 17. It is designed to help parents and their teens communicate with each other and lean strategies to create and maintain a positive family atmosphere. The program incorporates traditional culture and spirituality.

Where: 30 College Street | Toronto, ON M5G 1K2

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-969-8510 | |

The George Hull Centre – Parents of Teens Support

Group Name: The George Hull Centre – Help I Have Teens

Description: The George Hull Centre for Children and Families offers a full spectrum of children’s mental health services to children from birth to age 18 and their families. The Centre, located in Etobicoke, is a non-profit charitable organization, governed by a local volunteer Board of Directors and accredited by Children’s Mental Health Ontario. There is no fee for service. The Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services provides 88% of The George Hull Centre’s annual funding. The rest comes from a variety of sources, including individuals, foundations and the corporate sector.

The Help I Have Teens is a resource group for ALL parents of children 12-18 years. They can learn how to:

  • Improve their relationship
  • Communicate effectively
  • Resolve inevitable conflicts
  • Set reasonable limits
  • Prepare their teen for independence
  • Stay sane

Where: 81 The East Mall, Third Floor | Toronto, ON M8Z 5W3

When: 6 Tuesdays: January 20 – February 24, 2015. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 pm. For parents only of children 12-18 years old.

Contact: Fadia Zakkak 416-622-8833 Ext. 258 | |

5 Questions about Youth Outreach

We sat down with our very own Linda Owusu, Youth Outreach Coordinator, to ask her five questions about her youth peer support group workshops:

Q: What are your Youth Supporting Youth workshops all about?

A: My workshops are tailored around peer support and effective skills needed to start and sustain youth led support groups, such as, communication skills, conflict resolution, active listening, confidentiality and leadership.

Q: Why is learning about peer support groups valuable to youth?

A: Learning about peer support groups is very valuable to youth because the adolescent/youth stages can be a very vulnerable and lonely stage for some youth who feel they do not have any peers or support or anybody to talk to. When youth learn what peer support entails, they can empower each other through leadership and gain confidence though group discussions and ongoing consistent support. They begin to recognize their own uniqueness through peer support groups.

Q: What types of exercises do you do in the workshops?

A: During the youth peer support group workshops we work on skill building exercises, such as emotional strength building and public speaking, which is very essential because it builds a lot of confidence in our youth. We then focus and expand on ideas and topics that youth what to talk about when they are running their own youth groups in the future. I do these exercises because sometimes the idea of starting a peer support group sounds bigger than it really is, so when you give the youth the opportunity themselves to decide topics of interest and develop group names, they’ve already began the process of a peer support group without even realizing it, which is empowering for them.

Q: Why are basic communication and leadership skills so important to peer support?

A: Those skills are  important for peer support youth groups because in order to sustain a positive, honest, supportive group, we need youth that carry themselves as leaders in and out of the group. That helps build high self esteem for our youth.

Q: What are your hopes for the future of youth peer support groups?

A: I believe that with community support, and enough resources these youth peer support groups will be very successful in the future. Youth really need programs in their communities, where they can come together on a consistent basis. They need a safe haven where they can feel comfortable enough to share experiences and stories and grow through that process.

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