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Dagma Koyi (Founder)
Dagma Koyi has over ten years of experience working with at risk youth. She is a professional
with a Bachelor degree in Social Work and a Certificate of Training in Crisis Intervention and
Clinical Traumatology. Dagma is also in the process of completing a Master’s degree in
Counselling with a specialization in Family Therapy. Dagma has both front line and supervisory
experience in the not-for- profit sector. Dagma’s passion and drive for the homeless population
has driven her to birth REST Centre
Board of Directors
Clarence Wallace (Chair)
Karly -Anna O Brien
Dr Ben Mempah
Dr Marylin Morris
Through R.E.S.T., homeless youth in our community are learning how to "REST"!
DID YOU KNOW?
Almost one-third of Canada’s homeless population is 16-24 years old.
In Toronto, estimates range from 900 to 2,000 nightly — far more than can be accommodated by the 489 beds in youth shelters.
43% of youth experiencing homelessness were in foster care or group homes.
Research indicates that foster youth tend to fare poorly in a number of domains in the transition to adulthood, and the shift to independent living may be particularly challenging.
Youth with experience in the
criminal justice system: Access to stable housing can be a key factor in success. Adequate housing and outside supports (employment, financial help) are too often unavailable.
Indigenous youth: History of colonization and cultural discrimination. Indigenous youth are overrepresented in homeless populations.
A majority of homeless youth face mental health challenges. This adds additional risks and obstacles to an already difficult experience.
Newcomer youth: Cultural isolation, language barriers, employment setbacks, family tension and stress –newcomer youth face a number of hurdles.
Youth fleeing violence and abuse in their households: Abuse in the home has pushed 61% of young females onto the streets.