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Afghan Women’s Organization – Support for Youth

Group Name: Afghan Women’s Organization – Support for Youth

Description: Afghan Women’s Organization (AWO) first opened its doors to address the needs of Afghan women living in Ontario. AWO began by offering English training and settlement services for newly arrived Afghan women. Not only have we significantly expanded these particular services, but have also considerably broadened the scope of our projects and programs. Currently, the AWO’s various projects and programs are assisting hundreds of Afghan refugees immigrate to Canada; helping ease the settlement process for many new immigrants in Ontario; providing resources to find employment and training opportunities; offering psychological support; and creating individual and group counseling for families, seniors and youth.

The AWO youth program is mandated to assist Youth in all aspects of adaption and integration into Canadian society through culturally-competent and linguistically –appropriate services and programs. We also provide services that are innovative and responsive to newcomer youth needs. Our program works collectively to engage youth and provide services that are creative, innovative and welcoming.

Who we serve:
The AWO Youth Program serves all Afghan Youth ages 14-29 that live in Toronto and peel region
The program has a special focus on newcomer youth and youth who are at risk
We also work in collaboration with families, and other organizations to address the needs of newcomer youth.

Where: 789 Don Mills Rd., # 700 | Toronto, ON M3C 1T5

When: Please call for more information on location and times.

Contact: 416-588-3585 | ageneral@afghanwomen.org | www.afghanwomen.org

Iranian Canadian Youth Organization – After School Programs

Group Name: Iranian Canadian Youth Organization – After School Programs

Description: In light of some incidents that took place in 2003 in which some youth of the Canadian Iranian community who were involved in organised gang and drug activities were found dead, a group of concerned community members from different backgrounds and expertise such as social work, education, and business, gathered to prevent any similar future occurrences. That was the birth of the Iranian Canadian Support Group (IC Youth Organization) as a not-for-profit community based organization in 2003. After several years of service and support from the community, the organization formally registered as a not-for-profit organization in Ontario, adapted the new name IC Youth Organization to reflect its broader scope for service delivery.

The after-school program is designed for newcomer youth between the ages of 16 to 19 living in Toronto and York Region. The after-school program is intended to create a safe and stimulating space to improve the academic and social success of newcomer and at-risk youth. The main purpose of the program is to support young people to engage in positive activities (sports and arts) that build self-esteem and self-confidence, increase social connections, improve academic success through tutoring and mentoring, and provide referral information as necessary. In addition, the program supports youth and their families through the process of resettlement.

Where: 5330 Yonge Street, Suite 202 | Toronto, ON M2N 5P9

Contact: 416-477-9398 Ext. 232 | www.icyouth.ca

Rexdale Women’s Centre – Family Drop-In

Group Name: Rexdale Women’s Centre – Family Drop-In

Description: The Rexdale Women’s Centre is an independent, non-for-profit, voluntary agency that serves high-need women and their family members residing in the Greater Toronto Area. At the Rexdale Women’s Centre, our vision is that in the Greater Toronto Area all immigrant, newcomer and refugee women and their partners, children, parents, and other family members of all generations have everything they need.

The Family Drop-In program is designed for children from 2 to 12 years of age and their parents. The program provides children with the opportunity to develop skills in language, cognitive development, sensory development, creativity and gross motor skills development. This program is designed for newcomer children and their parents who have limited knowledge of English language. While children are busy learning and creating, parents are involved in workshops and seminars that develop better parenting skills. Parents learn more about their children’s development and are encouraged to use these techniques at home in order to continue the growth of newly acquired skills and at the same time foster positive learning opportunities for their children.

Where: 925 Albion Road, Suite 309 | Etobicoke, ON, M9V 3Y7

When: Please call for more details on the location and time.

Contact: Susan 415-745-0062 Ext. 226 | www.rexdalewomen.org

MicroSkills – Youth Welcoming Centre

Group Name: MicroSkills – Youth Welcoming Centre

Description: Community MicroSkills Development Centre is a non-profit organization that has served communities in Toronto and surrounding areas since 1984. They provide settlement, employment, and self-employment services to individuals, with priority to the needs of immigrants, youth, visible minority people, and low-income women.

Our Youth Welcoming Centre is a space that offers programming where youth feel welcomed, supported and valued by the community where they live. The Centre reaches out to youth who are new in Canada, as well as youth who are established in their community, and engages them in activities for mutual sharing, learning, and peer support. MicroSkills implements the Youth Welcoming model not only in the Centre itself, located at Dixon and Islington, but also in the other offsite locations where our youth services are delivered, such as in local schools, multi-service centers and hubs. Our youth services are available from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, and include:

  • Education and Career Support
  • Physical, Nutrition & Wellness Program
  • English Conversation Starters
  • Leadership and Volunteer Development
  • Parent Engagement
  • Empowered Girls Clubs
  • Information, Support and Referral Services
  • Rexdale ProTech Media Centre
  • Cook Pre-apprenticeship Program

Where: 235 Dixon Road, Unit 12 | Toronto, ON M9P 2M5

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-247-7181 Exts. 1, 2601 | 1-877-979-3999 | admin@microskills.ca | www.microskills.ca

The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Newcomer Youth Engagement

Group Name: The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Newcomer Youth Engagement

Description: The 519 is the hub of community life in Toronto’s diverse Church and Wellesley Village. For over 35 years, The 519 has been working with our neighbours and our lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities to build healthy, welcoming spaces to meet, participate and celebrate together. With the support of our staff team, our communities identify and implement solutions to emerging issues through award-winning programs and services, and with the leadership of volunteers, over 80 community-led programs provide peer support, social, recreational, arts and cultural opportunities in our public meeting spaces.

Youth Engagement is a weekly program for newcomer youth (aged 14-19) who are Permanent Residents or Convention Refugees, residing in Canada for less than 5 years. Youth Engagement is a great way to make new friends, practice English, and build skills around leadership, volunteerism, and goal setting. Each week offers a workshop exploring topics that will help you learn more about your new home, Canada.
2012-2013 program highlights have included:

  • Get Connected – An Anti-Poverty Initiative: an eye-opening look at nutrition, food, and poverty in Canada
  • Tips from the Pros –an insider’s view of non-traditional careers in Canada, e.g. DJing, architecture, and culinary arts
  • Cooking Around The World- exploring nutrition and food through recipes from around the world
  • Positive Spaces – Learning about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer (LGBTQ) communities and create spaces free from oppression

Where: 519 Church Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

When: Please call or e-mail for more detailed information.

Contact: Benjamin Bongolan 416-355-6789 | bbongolan@the519.org | www.the519.org

The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Newcomer LGBTQ Peer Support

Group Name: The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Newcomer LGBTQ Peer Support

Description: The 519 is the hub of community life in Toronto’s diverse Church and Wellesley Village. For over 35 years, The 519 has been working with our neighbours and our lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities to build healthy, welcoming spaces to meet, participate and celebrate together. With the support of our staff team, our communities identify and implement solutions to emerging issues through award-winning programs and services, and with the leadership of volunteers, over 80 community-led programs provide peer support, social, recreational, arts and cultural opportunities in our public meeting spaces.

Emerge LGBTQ Newcomer Group
EMERGE is a monthly program designed specifically for LGBTQ Convention Refugees and Permanent Residents residing in Canada for less than 5 years. Delivered by LGBTQ/Newcomer peer volunteers, EMERGE offers a fun, supportive, and creative way to explore issues related to settlement in Canada. Each session includes a chance to discuss, debate and ask questions on a different featured topic. A light meal is provided during EMERGE meetings. 2012-2013 program highlights have included:

  • Culture Shock – understanding / respecting diverse customs, behaviours, and traditions
  • Skin Deep? – body image and beauty in Canadian and LGBTQ communities
  • STRESSED! – ways to manage the BIG and small stresses of immigration and settlement

Where: 519 Church Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

When: Please call or e-mail for more detailed information.

Contact: Benjamin Bongolan 416-355-6789 | bbongolan@the519.org | www.the519.org

The 519 Church Street Community Centre – LGBTQ Refugee Peer Support

Group Name: The 519 Church Street Community Centre – LGBTQ Refugee Peer Support

Description: The 519 is the hub of community life in Toronto’s diverse Church and Wellesley Village. For over 35 years, The 519 has been working with our neighbours and our lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities to build healthy, welcoming spaces to meet, participate and celebrate together. With the support of our staff team, our communities identify and implement solutions to emerging issues through award-winning programs and services, and with the leadership of volunteers, over 80 community-led programs provide peer support, social, recreational, arts and cultural opportunities in our public meeting spaces.

Among Friends LGBTQ Refugee Peer Support
The Among Friends is a weekly program for LGBTQ Refugee Claimants. Among Friends is a great way to meet friends, build community networks, and access information to help you with your settlement in Canada. Among Friends includes weekly presentations and information sessions on different topics such as immigration / refugee law, employment / finding a job, and accessing medical / healthcare.

A light meal is provided during Among Friends meetings.

Where: 519 Church Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

When: Please call or e-mail for more detailed information.

Contact: Karlene Williams-Clarke 416-392-6878 Ext. 4016 | kwilliamsclarke@the519.org | www.the519.org

Catholic Community Services of York Region – Newcomer Korean Women

Group Name: Catholic Community Services of York Region – Newcomer Women’s Support Group

Description: Catholic Community Services of York Region is a not for profit charitable, social services agency, delivering a comprehensive array of services to the whole community. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We are an inclusive, multicultural organization embracing many faiths and languages. We are a registered charity and issue tax receipts for donations. CCSYR is a family services agency, accredited by both Family Service Ontario and Catholic Charities. We offer many types of counselling and group services to help people cope with personal and relationship challenges.

Newcomer Women’s Support Group: An eight session supportive group for newcomer women to meet with other
members of their community sharing their experiences, builds up community connection, and discusses topics including: self esteem, stress and isolation, family relationships, women’s health issues, and immigration related issues. ***Registration in advance is required. Call the Intake Line or e-mail us. This group is offered in Korean. Child minding is sometimes available for these programs. Call to enquire or check the Schedule. Registration fee is $10.

Where: Ontario Early Years Centre 7755 Bayview Avenue | Thornhill, ON L3T 4P1

When: Saturdays from January 24th through March 7th, 2015. Time: 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Contact: 905-770-7040 | 905-709-6159 | groups@ccsyr.org | ccsyr.org

Catholic Community Services of York Region – Newcomer Women’s Support

Group Name: Catholic Community Services of York Region – Newcomer Women’s Support

Description: Catholic Community Services of York Region is a not for profit charitable, social services agency, delivering a comprehensive array of services to the whole community. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We are an inclusive, multicultural organization embracing many faiths and languages. We are a registered charity and issue tax receipts for donations. CCSYR is a family services agency, accredited by both Family Service Ontario and Catholic Charities. We offer many types of counselling and group services to help people cope with personal and relationship challenges.

Newcomer Women’s Support Group: An eight session supportive group for newcomer women to meet with other
members of their community sharing their experiences, builds up community connection, and discusses topics including: self esteem, stress and isolation, family relationships, women’s health issues, and immigration related issues. ***Registration in advance is required. Call the Intake Line or e-mail us. This group is offered in Spanish. Child minding is sometimes available for these programs. Call to enquire or check the Schedule.

Where: Ontario Early Years Centre 17310 Yonge Street, Unit 6 | Newmarket, ON L3Y 7R8

When: Thursdays, from January 15th through March 5th, 2015. Time: 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Contact: 905-770-7040 | 905-853-0754 | groups@ccsyr.org | ccsyr.org

Centre for Immigration and Community Services – Seniors Cyber and Social Club

Group Name: Centre for Immigration and Community Services (CICS) – Seniors Cyber and Social Club

Description: The 46-year momentum fuelled by the dedication, compassion and hard work of volunteers and staff places CICS at the forefront of serving immigrants. CICS is funded by three levels of government and United Way to provide a wide range of settlement programs and services in Toronto and York Region. Our staff speak 20 languages collectively and we serve immigrants of all age groups. CICS is committed to providing their clients with equal access to services that meet their individual needs.

Seniors Cyber and Social Club
Are you a senior over 55 years old and is interested in obtaining basic computer knowledge? This is a group you can’t miss. Come and learn how to use technology to access community resources and connect with friends and families using social media tools. The computer program has three levels: Become a Cyber Seniors, Fun with Internet and Digital World.

Where: 2330 Midland Avenue | Toronto, ON M1S 5G5

When: Mandarin speaking group meets on Wednesday mornings; Cantonese speaking group on Wednesday afternoons; the one at Markham South Welcome Centre meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Call our staff to learn details.

Contact: 416-292-7510 Ext. 135 Mandarin | 416-292-7510 Ext. 156 Cantonese | 905-479-7926 Mandarin & South Asian | info@cicscanada.com | www.cicscanada.com

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