Youth and Family Program

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?

Hong Fook’s Youth and Family Program aims at promoting the resiliency of East Asian youth (ages 11-21) and their family members and caregivers. Our programs are developed and delivered under the four themes, which are (1) enhancing youth emotional and social competency, (2) strengthening families, (3) cultivating leadership, social connectedness and mutual aids, and (4) raising mental health awareness and facilitating service navigation.

All the programs are delivered at the Hong Fook Youth and Family Hub in both Toronto and York Region. The Hub is a resilience-focused, structured service model developed based on Hong Fook’s existing in-demand youth programs, with new components and expansions to better meet the community needs and align to Hong Fook’s Youth Strategy.

The programs include:

  • Engaging Youth: Youth Drop-In (For ages 11-15), Mixed Media Drop-In (For high school students)
  • Building Resiliency: Amazing YOUth (For ages 11-15), CHOICES (For ages 12-18)
  • Building Leadership: Youth Advisory Committee (For high school students)
  • Supporting Youth with Transitional Challenges: YOU-Thrive (For ages 11-18)
  • Supporting Parents: Raising Amazing YOUth (For parents with youth)
  • Facilitating Service Navigation: Youth Outreach Worker (For ages 12-21)

For more information, please contact Youth Program Worker 416-493-4242 X 2246 or Youth Outreach Worker at 416-493-4242 X 5281.

Counselling Services – Walk-In Counselling Service & Short-Term Youth Counselling Service

The Walk-In Counselling Service at the HF Youth and Family Hub in Markham is a free single-session counselling service for young people age 12 to 25 and their families. Counselling can be offered in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. No appointment and no health card is required. The counselling session is about 60 minutes.

The service is on a first come, first service basis. Wait times may vary depending on how busy the Walk-In is that day.

The Short-Term Counselling Service offers 4 to 6 sessions for young people age 12 to 25 and their families in the languages of English, Cantonese and Mandarin. This is a by-appointment service, and the counselling sessions are held in Hong Fook offices. To access this service, please go through the Walk-In Counselling Service.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Our counselling service is now virtual. For more information on virtual counselling, please call 647-618-9030 to schedule your phone or video counselling session.

 

Frequently Asked Questions on Virtual Counselling:

How can I have a session?

Please call 647-619-9030 for more information or to book your session. We will schedule you in for a 45 – 60 minutes phone or video counselling session. We speak Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

How long will I have to wait for a session?

Your session will be scheduled to happen within 5 business days.

What platform will be used for video counselling?

We use OTN (Ontario Telemedicine Network), a private and secure platform used by many health care practitioners in Ontario to communicate with and care for patients, and connect with peers and specialists. We also use Microsoft Teams.

What equipment do I need for video counselling?

A computer, a webcam, and stable internet. Or, a smartphone or tablet with download of an App. If possible to arrange, you can set up at a private space that you feel comfortable to speak openly in.

What can I expect if I choose phone counselling?

You will receive a call from a Clinician named “No Caller ID” at your scheduled time.

When will I be able to come to the Walk-In in-person again?

We are closely following provincial re-opening guidelines. An announcement will be made on our website and social media when in-person service is available again. For now, all services continue to be offered virtually first.

What languages will be offered?

Cantonese, Mandarin and English

 

Who do you offer services to?

We offer counselling to Asian youth age 12 to 25 living in Toronto and York Region.

What are the qualifications of the Clinician?

Your Clinician is qualified and trained to provide mental health counselling. Your Clinician is registered with their professional College.

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