Native Youth Resource Centre

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto established the Youth Department and services in 1992 as a direct response to the issues identified by frontline workers in the community. In response to the growing population of homelessness, unemployed, and street involved youth,  NCFST implemented a culture-based youth strategy to address the needs of Aboriginal men and women under the age of 25. Based at our Native Youth Resource Centre (NYRC), NCFST youth programming has evolved significantly and remains a vibrant and busy portfolio exclusive to Aboriginal youth. Notable services include cultural programs, recreational activities, Drop-in Services, the Aboriginal Youth Employment Skills Building (AYESB) program and our 7th Generation Image Makers Arts program. See below for a full list of the services and programs we offer.


The Native Youth Resource Centre provides support and advocacy in the areas of housing, education and employment for Aboriginal youth ages sixteen to twenty-four. While many of our clients have been involved with our Child Welfare services, some are Aboriginal youth who have recently arrived in Toronto. All are seeking opportunities, supports and stability.
For more information, please contact: (416) 969-8510.

Drop-In Services 

Morning Circle takes place every day at 10am

Monday to Friday – 9:00am to 9:00pm

  • Breakfast 9:15am to 10:15am
  • Lunch 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Dinner 5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Snack Table open all day

Saturday – 12:00pm to 8:00pm

  • Brunch 1pm to 2pm
  • Dinner 5pm to 6pm
  • Snack Table open all day

Sundays – Closed

Drop-In Services
  • 3 Meals per day plus snacks
  • Safe place for all Youth
  • On-going life and social skills development
  • Cultural activities, ceremonies, and learning
  • Day and evening programing scheduled daily
  • Crisis management
  • Supportive staff
  • Recreation/YMCA pass
  • Anger management
  • Employment help desk
  • Housing support and advocacy
  • Computer access
  • TV/Movies/Video and board Games
  • Harm reduction
  • Resume Support
  • Community Kitchen
  • Food support
  • Games Nights
  • Movie Nights
  • Support from visiting Elders and Knowledge Keepers
  • Feasts
  • Sewing projects (including Regalia-making)
  • Traditional craft making
  • Financial Literacy
  • Sweat Lodge Ceremonies
  • Men’s Circle
  • Ogichidaa Kwe – Women’s Hand Drum Group
  • Sexual Health (SexPositive)
  • Harm Reduction Group
  • Creative Writing Program (Creativity Listens)
  • Music Studio
Supportive Services
  • Youth in Transition
  • Youth Outreach
  • Youth Justice
  • Housing Support and Advocacy
  • Physical Literacy – Parks and Rec
  • Aboriginal Youth Employment Skills Building Program (hyperlink)
  • GED Program (hyperlink)
  • Centennial College Business Administration Program (hyperlink)
  • Access to Native Learning Centres (hyperlink)
  • 7th Generation Image Makers (hyperlink)
  • Case Management Supports for youth registered in Education and Employments Programs