of families are experiencing poverty in Mexico


of Mexican children do not speak any other language but Spanish


of those children do not speak English due to the lack of resources available at their school

About The Project

In Mexico, speaking English can change lives. The majority of the economy in Playa Del Carmen, where our projects are based, flourishes from tourism. Being able to speak English is a valuable asset that provides job opportunities. However, the economy is unstable. Children are often left on the streets to earn livings for their families, selling trinkets. It is our philosophy that young children belong in school. This is where The Youth Connection steps in. 

The DIF School

The schools that we work with are a part of DIF, the Mexico social service agency. They house children aged 10 to 17 that have been subject to immigration issues, lack birth certificates or proper visas, experienced abuse at home, or were homeless.

Part One: School Supplies

Part one of our mission is providing adequate school supplies. The students at DIF schools, as well as other rural schools, are not always equipped with the educational necessities they need in order to succeed. We fundraise to purchase and distribute school supplies to both students and teachers.

Part Two: Tomorrow's Future

Part two of our mission is to build the students’ confidence speaking English, as well as realizing the importance of remaining in school. Volunteers speak with the students, and ensure that they are aware that they hold the power of the future.

To support our mission, The Youth Connection hosts events, fundraisers, and awareness exhibitions in various cities across Ontario.

Executive Team

Arielle Grinberg

CEO & Founder

Kyla Lee


Ronen Ackerman


Western Team

Owen Thurston


Elizabeth Bae

Managing Director

Nicou Alizadeh

Managing Director

Tessa Kolar

Managing Director

Michelle Dimech, Elizabeth Fishman

VP Promotions

Zach Ingram, Emily Thomas, Nicou Alizadeh, Gareth Lau

Sponsorship Team

Brooke Schneider, Jennifer Coo, Celia McGlynn, Cindy Zhang, Lauren Mar

VP Events

Alvina Lin, Dollar Luo, Jaryd Tong, Kate Park, Corey Chan, Liam Gillanders, Michelle Nyugyen, Britney Messam, Zuzanna Soczewska, Jun Huang, Victoria Iaboni

Events Team

Waterloo Team

Maya Zaidman


Colleen Yu

VP Communications

Tiana Bentley-Dittmar

VP Promotions

Rainen Oates, Veronica Alonso, Natalie Fernandez, Andrea Chakma

VP Events

Iman Salehi, Shalia Mangalam, Sanghy Ramani, Marion Lee, Takudzwa Mudzongo, Cole Zelle, Saurabh Kishore, Menda Tesfaye-Visser, Windy Tang, Hillary Leung, Anita Hu

Events Team

Gurjot Riat, Hannah Bauer, Marley Dametto

Sponsorship Team

Windsor Team

Kayla Fiala, Ryley Clifford

President & Vice President

Rachel Shiells, Jenna Fiala

Managing Directors

Kristie matte, Nadia Washington, Rachel Shiells, Noor Jajo

Team 1

Skyla Froese, Therese Lasala, Margi Padiyar, Akshay Gupta, Mathula K

Team 2

Sandy Joseph, Nasreen Sussi, Gagneet Kaur, Aman Pathak, Rebekah James

Team 3

Victoria Ianucci, Sarah Hearn, Natasha Kitka, Angela Montaleone

Team 4

Nathan Salvati, Reid Stieler, Sebastian Hebert, Spencer Wear, Dylan Maitre (CFO)

Sponsorship Team


Contact Us

If you are interested in getting involved, please do not hesitate to send us an email at info@theyouthconnection.ca.