Hi! My name is Jalesa Wallace and my pronouns are she and her.
I have worked in the mental health field for over 6 years before starting at Rapport Youth and Family Services in 2016. I worked as a Personal Support Worker, supporting both young and older adults on the ASD spectrum. This was such a rewarding experience for me personally and professionally, as it opened my eyes to the beauty and importance of understanding mental health. I have also sat on the access and equity committee with OCASI for two+ years.
My journey at Rapport began as a placement student at ECLYPSE Youth Centre while in my second year of the Social Service Worker program at Sheridan College. I never knew that this path was for me professionally, but from the moment I entered the centre space, I knew this was home. This is where I would make a difference in the lives of those who needed it the most, a goal of mine in which I wanted to achieve for as long as I can remember. I am presently the Manager of Youth Outreach and Engagement Services for all three ECLYPSE Youth Centres in Peel Region. I am also a full time student at the University of Guelph Humber, in which I am in the process of obtaining my degree in Family and Community Social Services.
Here at ECLYPSE I have facilitated our Girl Talk program and supported young women in areas such as self esteem, self worth, healthy relationships and goal setting. This is an area of passion for me, in which I am dedicated to be for young people, who I needed when I was that age. My goal at ECLYPSE has always been to be a light and inspire youth who feel as though they are undeserving of encouragement, love or opportunities. My goal professionally, is to encourage and support successful and healthy family units, whatever version that looks like; through therapy and other counselling opportunities. ECLYPSE has changed my life, so I could assist others in changing theirs.
My name is Tamika Malcolm my pronouns are she/her. I am one of the Program Coordinators at ECLYPSE. I have graduated from Humber College in Business Management and Child and Youth Worker I recently became a John Maxwell Certified Leadership, Coach and Speaker. I have been in this field for 10 years; I have a strong passion for youth and everything leadership. I believe we all hold the solution to a problem in this world and I wake up every day to help our children and youth tap into their greatness and reach their full potential. I currently facilitate the Raise your voice program helping youth to own their voice and confidently expressing it. My dream is to one day open a youth center where youth can express themselves through various art mediums, build their confidence and soar in society.
Jen Christine Cabrera
Hello! My name is Jen Christine Cabrera and my pronouns are she/her. I’ve always found fulfillment in helping others figure out what will allow them to succeed, and so I began working in Customer Service from 2012 – 2018. This introduced me to a professional work environment where I provided guidance to others that prepared me for my future endeavors. I completed two years of education at Sheridan College, where I studied Social Service Work from 2016 – 2018. In 2017, I started at ECLYPSE in a Student Placement position, and since 2019 I’ve been working full-time as a Program Coordinator of our 60 West Drive location. My passions include music as my soul enjoys singing, playing guitar and ukulele. My other interests are fitness, food, fashion, and watching movies and TV shows. I love finding real connections with others because that moment when you find things in common with someone else truly helps us to see each other as human and allows us more understanding and insight into who the other person is. During my time at ECLYPSE I’ve had the honour of creating the Social Justice program, and helped to facilitate various programs including Writers Art, Life Skills, Hip Hop, Visual Arts, Fashion, and many more. My three years of experience at ECLYPSE have taught me so much and I am very thankful for being surrounded by such an amazing team. I’m looking forward to making a difference and also what the future holds.
Hello! My name is Morgan Buchal, my pronouns are She/Her. I have always been interested in human behaviour and other human experiences. I believed this caused me to pursue my Bachelor of Social Sciences in Criminal Justice. I have had experience working in several different fields; from customer service, to factory work and now social services. One thing I learned from all these different work environments is humans have the intrinsic need to be social and to be understood. While pursuing my degree I received the opportunity to be a placement student at ECLYPSE Youth Centre.
Since my placement experience I have had the opportunity to wear several hats within the agency. Starting off as a Volunteer, and moving into a Program Facilitator position and now Program Coordinator. In 2017, I was grateful to receive the opportunity to work collaboratively with a variety of agencies to built what would become our 2SLGBTQ+ program, PRISM, for Queer youth in Peel Region. Since then, I have facilitated several of our Youth Arts Against Violence (YAAV) programs such as; Social Justice, Hip Hop, Visual Arts, Life Skills, and Fashion. As of October 2020, I was transitioned into a Program Coordinator role at our 301 Burnhamthorpe, Mississauga location.
With more than 4 years experience, I look forward to diving deeper into my passion for youth, mental health and social justice. I believe it is important to educate ourselves so we can empower one another and learn from one another’s experiences; With empathy comes understanding.
My name is Aminah Ahmed and my pronouns are she/her.
After earning my Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies, I began my role with Rapport Youth and Family Services as a Program Facilitator with ECLYPSE Youth Centre. Prior to this, I worked as a Peer Youth Worker. In that time, I have been able to facilitate many youth programs such as, Brush Up, our arts-based program, Stress Less, and Social Justice. I have also built my own programs such as Future Forward, a life skills program and the ECLYPSE Youth Ambassador Program, a leadership opportunity for youth.
While earning my degree, I sat on Peel’s Youth Engagement Committee for 2 years as their Youth Co-Chair. During this time, I assisted with developing Youth Peer Support Groups and a Youth Peer Support Training for the Peel Region. I have over 3 years of experience working front-line with youth, conducting research in mental health and community outreach. My education has aided my work in research on trauma and the importance of cultural sensitivity in mental health care.
I am passionate about youth and community engagement, volunteering, giving back to the community and challenging the stigma around mental illness. In my free time, I love being outdoors and exploring new hiking trials in the area. I love to cook and bake and am always trying out new recipes. If I’m not outdoors, you’ll catch me on my couch crocheting and watching Netflix.
My name is Alyssa Joseph and my pronouns are she/her. I graduated from the Child and Youth Care program at Sheridan College in April 2020. Here at ECLYPSE, I have facilitated a number of programs, such as, Life Skills, Visual Arts and Girl Talk to name a few. In addition, I have created a music-based program called Rhythmic Expression, where we explore the many effects of music through the use of therapeutic activities.
Aside from working at ECLYPSE, I have worked with children with behavioural challenges at a daycare, as well as, completed a placement at a correctional facility for male youth. Altogether, I have two years of experience in the child and youth care field.
Just a few facts about myself: 1) I LOVE music 2) I LOVE to laugh, there is rarely a moment where you won’t at least see me crack a smile 3) I LOVE everything about what I do, from interacting with youth, to facilitating programs and offering support in any way that I can!