Youth Programs

To many youth, Hong Fook is a safe space to voice academic stressors and settlement challenges.

To many youth, Hong Fook staff is a reliable mentor guiding through communication skills with peers, teachers and parents.

Are you 12+ and looking for a one-on-one support or a youth group to mingle with?

Youth Outreach Worker (YOW) Program

The Youth Outreach Worker Program is a one-on-one program for youth aged 12-21 in the Chinese community. The program provides support and guidance to youth and their families all across East Toronto, to overcome social, behavioural, and economic challenges.

Youth and their families will be supported to:

  • Better navigate through services and supports in their community
  • Access services, such as employment, mental health/addiction, housing, legal services, etc.
  • Become more empowered

Clients meet YOW in public spaces all across the community, which includes Hong Fook offices, schools, community centres, libraries, coffee shops, shopping malls, and so forth.

Referrals to this program can be made by youth themselves, friends, family members, schools and other service providers.

For more information, please contact the Youth Outreach Worker at 416-493-4242 X 5281.


CHOICES is a program for youth who are between the ages of 12-17 and would like a safe space to learn and speak their mind. It is a 10-week prevention and early-intervention course that helps youth to develop skills and confidence to resist risk-taking behaviors that may lead to substance use. It encourages them to make informed decisions in everyday life situations and achieve success.

Every week will focus on a particular topic of discussion such as:

  • Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Goal Setting
  • Relationships
  • Alcohol/Drugs
  • Social media

The program is led by trained Volunteer Coaches, aged 21 and up. These coaches come from various backgrounds and possess immense knowledge from personal experience which they use to support the youth to learn and thrive.

Activities such as role playing, group discussions, and arts and crafts among others, help youth build confidence and independence. Respect and trust is essential in this program; the safe environment established allows participants to address their fears and overcome their challenges.

CHOICES run in English, but language support for Cantonese/Mandarin speakers is available. TTC tokens are provided for participants who transit to/from the program.

For more information, please contact the Youth Program Worker 416-493-4242 X 2246.

Amazing YOUth – York Region Youth Project

The six-week parallel workshops educate youth aged 12-18 and their parents on how to become or raise an amazing youth. With growing pressures for the youth, there is an increasing disconnect between youth and parents, where youth may feel that parents do not understand their needs and vice versa. The project is designed to bridge this gap, emphasize family support and mutual understanding. It also aims to enhance immigrant youth’s self-esteem, to regulate their emotional well-being, and to build capacity in managing stresses in an effective manner.

These two parallel workshops run during the same time period with the same theme. Focusing on the special needs of the two audience groups, the staff run the workshop from different perspectives and in different formats that are based on the audience. In turn, the youth and their parents can always debrief and practice the skills together at home.

For more information, please contact the Youth Program Worker at 416-493-4242 X 2246.

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