The Somali Youth Association of Toronto (SOYAT ) is a not- for -profit youth lead organization that was establishd in 1992 at the peek of the Somali refugee influx in the city of Toronto. The original mandate of the organization was to support Somali youth in maintaining their culture, receiving settlement services, and encouraging unity amongst its members. Currently, as the organization grows and the needs of the Somali youth in Toronto evolve, so have SOYAT’s mission and vision. The organization’s current vision is to empower youth and their families to improve the quality of their lives through programs and services that address their needs. Currently SOYAT has over 300 volunteers members, and services nearly 2000 Somali youth and families on a yearly basis.
project aims to re-engage young people through Literacy and GED attainment to enable youth access to post-secondary education trades work and sustainable employment. The second component of the project is to build organizational capacity of Somali Youth Association of Toronto (SOYAT) to work collaboratively with Frontier college to develop and deliver a sustainable GED community model based on capacity building, apprenticeship and mentorship.