LOFT Mission and History

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850 Bloor St. W. Toronto, ON M6G 1M2

LOFT Youth Centre for Social Enterprise and Innovation is a pioneering multi-use space that fosters creativity, community engagement and entrepreneurship amongst youth in Toronto. Youth involvement in all aspects of LOFT YCSEI’s operations makes it truly a youth-led initiative, and equips participants with the tools to create change – both in their own lives and in the community.  LOFT YCSEI provides youth with social supports, skills training, mentorship and networking opportunities through programs and employment.

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Our history

LOFT stands for Life Opportunities Food and Technology

Initiated in 2001, the LOFT, which was developed in consultation with and in response to the expressed interests of local youth, aims to address youth issues and concerns in the Christie Ossington community through meaningful youth engagement and community development.


Among its goals, LOFT YCSEI provides opportunities for marginalized community youth (16 to 24 years) including, newcomer and immigrant youth, out-school youth, street-involved youth and youth with a previous criminal history, to develop skills integral to employment and education success while supporting their development as community citizens.



Additional Information about LOFT Programming:

The Centre offers youth many ways to get involved in the community and access services and life opportunities including:


  • Computer access in order to write cover letters, resumes, conduct job search, surf the net, connect with youth and family members via the web cam or   check e-mail
  • Employment and re-entry education support, as well as peer tutoring
  • Technological opportunities such as Music Production and Editing, Graphic Design and Web Site Development
  • A safe, comfortable drop-in center with a positive atmosphere, welcoming to all
  • A successful Graffiti Arts Program responsible for 10 years of innovative mural art  in the Bloorcourt community
  • Annual Street Festival (13 years running at Christie Pitts)
  • Sound Recording Studio, offering mentorship in beat making, emceeing, and marketing/distribution strategies