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Youth Services

Youth Services

Racialized newcomer youth in Canada face unique challenges, such as adapting to a new school system, adjusting to Canadian culture, and dealing with social isolation due to language barriers and peer pressure. Many of these students also face issues stemming from prolonged family separation. Parents who immigrated to Canada left family members behind, and upon reuniting after years of separation, face complex issues like family conflicts, strained relationships, adjustment problems, youth depression, loss of life goals, and dropping out of school. 

At KMC, our youth services are designed to address these needs and fully support newcomer and racialized youth. 

Through one-on-one counseling and group activities, we encourage youth to pursue post-secondary education while providing a safe space to promote their physical and mental well-being. Our programs equip youth with essential skills and resources for academic success and assist them in navigating their paths after high school, ensuring they reach their full potential and connect meaningfully with their community.

Who are eligible for youth services?

  • Individuals aged 15-30 years old

  • Permanent Residents

  • Convention Refugees

  • Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) visa holders

  • Temporary Resident Visa Holder (for Families Affected by the Gaza Crisis)

While these are our primary eligible clients, KMC has an open-door policy. Regardless of your immigration status, we provide appropriate support and referrals to ensure you receive the help you need.

Services Offered

One-on-one Career Counselling

Get personalized support to help you navigate your settlement journey in Canada.

Life Coaching

Learn how to set goals and develop skills for personal and academic success, building your confidence.

Personalized Post-secondary Education Plan

Receive tailored guidance on applying to and succeeding in college or university.

Group Information Sessions and Workshops

Join sessions offering valuable information on topics like post-secondary education, financial management, self-care, and maintaining healthy relationships.

After-school Activities

Participate in fun, engaging activities that promote positive stress management and social connections after school.

English Conversation Circles

Practice speaking English and learn about Canadian culture in a friendly and supportive environment.

For more information, please contact:

Shane Torres, RSW 

Youth and Family Support Counsellor 

Language: English, Tagalog 

Email address:

Telephone Number: 416-532-3888

Mobile Number: 437-999-6083

Vince Andrew Tangco, SSW

Youth Community Support Counsellor 

Language: English, Tagalog

Email address:

Contact Number: 647-328-9239

"Kababayan Youth counselor helped me register for colleges, apply for scholarships like OSAP, and evaluate my foreign education. As a newcomer, I didn't know how to start the registration process or what documents I needed for school. I was really confused. However, the Kababayan Youth counselor assisted me with registration, how to pass examinations, and what documents I needed. I am now studying accounting in college and the educational service in youth program helped me a lot in this. "

Ani Akhvlediani


"For the last two years, I've partnered with Kababayan Youth who conduct interactive workshops at our school on stress, mental health, and career pathways for senior-level classes. These activities get the students out of their chairs, cooperating, and laughing together—a rare sight in classrooms dominated by technology today. These sessions also provide students with tools essential for both school and life beyond... I highly recommend Kababayan’s partnership with any school that has students new to the country or those facing difficulties adjusting. The laughter and joy that fill the classroom during these sessions are truly priceless."

Daniela Del Mastro

Faculty Member at James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School

Upcoming Events

  • Mon, Jul 08
    CELPIP Speaking Workshop
    Jul 08, 2024, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EDT
    CELPIP Speaking Workshop
    The CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) is a language proficiency test that is accepted by the IRCC for Canadian immigration purposes. It assesses your language proficiency in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
  • Sat, Jul 06
    Jul 06, 2024, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
    Toronto, 540 Finch Ave W, North York, ON M2R 1N6, Canada
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  • Tue, Jul 02
    CELPIP Writing Workshop
    Jul 02, 2024, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EDT
    CELPIP Writing Workshop
    The CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) is a language proficiency test that is accepted by the IRCC for Canadian immigration purposes. It assesses your language proficiency in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.