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Ethiopian Association in the GTA – Seniors’ Program

Group Name: Ethiopian Association in the GTA – Seniors’ Program

Description: Ethiopian Association in the Greater Toronto Area and Surrounding Regions is non-political, non-profit, independent, community-based organization that provides settlement and social services to people of Ethiopian origin and others since November 1980. The Association’s programs and services are provided without discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnic origin, creed, political affiliation, religion, physical or mental disability.

The Seniors’ Program at the Ethiopian Association in the GTA offers: Social reintegration (picnic programs, monthly/biweekly meetings/discussions between and among seniors on their own issues, handcraft activities, organizing get-together events), Psychosocial support (meal program, individual and group counseling, personal support and nursing care), Organizing workshops and training, Cultural promotion (involve seniors’ as an ambassador of Ethiopian culture, social values and norms, build socio-cultural bridge between Ethiopian seniors and youth), and service referral (referral to various service providing agencies), and Advocacy.

Where: 1950 Danforth Avenue | Toronto, ON M4C 1J4

When: Please call for program times and locations.

Contact: 416-694-1522 | ethiocommun.org

Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services – Multicultural Women’s Wellness Program

Group Name: Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services – Multicultural Women’s Wellness Program

Description: Much like the rich fabric that is Canadian culture, our Polycultural family reflects the cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity of the communities we serve. We are dedicated to maintaining an open, inclusive and welcoming environment for all. Currently, we serve clients in over 40 different languages in our six locations across the GTA. Polycultural supports a holistic approach to serving the needs of our community by providing a range of programs including newcomer orientation, education, language, employment and family support services.

Weekly support group sessions are provided for Russian speaking women. This program is delivered in partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association. The goal of the Multicultural Women Wellness Program is to promote the well-being of women who are socially isolated, experiencing cultural and linguistic barriers, and/or women who may be at risk of mental health problems due to difficult life circumstances. It is a safe place where women can meet, make friends, network, learn, remain active and have fun. For many this weekly gatherings are the only place they can meet others and avoid isolation. *** Please call ahead before attending. No fees or registration required.

Where: 27 Roncesvalles Avenue, Suite 407 | Toronto, ON M6R 3B2

When: Russian speaking group meets at a temporary location on Mondays at 3 p.m. for roughly two hours. Polish speaking group meets on Wednesday from 2 p.m. for roughly two hours.

Contact: 416-533-9471 (Polish speaking) | 416-233-0055 (Russian speaking) | info@polycultural.org | www.polycultural.org

Northwood Neighbourhood Services – Senior’s Recreational Program

Group Name: Northwood Neighbourhood Services – Senior’s Recreational Program

Description: Northwood Neighbourhood Services is a versatile organization that has been serving multicultural communities in North Toronto since 1982. We provide programs and services within the community that will empower individuals, families and groups to achieve, maintain and enhance a state of physical, mental and social well-being.

The Seniors Recreational Programs operate within the framework of engagement and empowerment so that seniors can function as active members of their communities.

The programs provide seniors with an opportunity to socialize with one another in a safe and secure environment while receiving a hot, freshly made meal. Some of the recreational activities seniors participate in include playing games, dancing, attending health and wellness workshops, celebrating holidays and birthdays as well as ethno-cultural events. Additionally, seniors receive information about their rights and the resources available for their needs. Our seniors wish to be contributing citizens. To this effect, they are mentored to take on volunteer and leadership roles within their communities.

Mindful of the ethno-cultural diversity of the population in the community, the programs serve Albanian, African and Caribbean, Vietnamese and Chinese, Latin American as well as other ethno-cultural groups.

Where: 1860 Wilson Avenue, Suite 400 | Toronto, ON M9M 3A7

When: Please call for locations and times.

Contact: 416-748-0788 | info@northw.ca | www.northw.ca

Northwood Neighbourhood Services – Women’s Program

Group Name: Northwood Neighbourhood Services – Women’s Program

Description: Northwood Neighbourhood Services is a versatile organization that has been serving multicultural communities in North Toronto since 1982. We provide programs and services within the community that will empower individuals, families and groups to achieve, maintain and enhance a state of physical, mental and social well-being.

Women’s Program
The Women’s Program provides a safe space for women to gather together and partake in a variety of activities aimed at fostering socialization and empowerment. They receive information on how to access information and services and learn about new ways of increasing self-confidence, building physical and mental strength, and reducing social isolation. The program revolves around the “Cook & Talk” model, which allows women to share cultural recipes and life experiences while socializing and forming friendships and supports.

Where: 1860 Wilson Avenue, Suite 400 | Toronto, ON M9M 3A7

When: Wednesdays 12 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Contact: 416-748-0788 | info@northw.ca | www.northw.ca

CultureLink – Youth Services

Group Name: CultureLink – Youth Services

Description: CultureLink is a settlement organization that is both old and new. We have over 25 years’ experience in developing and delivering settlement services to meet the needs of diverse communities. Passionate about providing innovative services to newcomers, we adapt to changes and create new programs that best respond to and address our clients’ specific needs. Our team of 50 staff members, speaking more than 30 languages, is dedicated, knowledgeable, and multicultural.
Our services connect cultures to build welcoming communities. We assist newcomers looking for employment, help families navigate the school system, and provide newcomer youth with the skills necessary for bright and successful futures. We support refugees and bring together new and established Canadians. In everything we do, we are committed to embracing differences and linking the new with the old.

Are you a newcomer youth looking for fun activities? Do you have immigration questions? Are you applying for refugee status? Are you unsure about your rights if you don’t have legal status in Canada or are unsure about how to sponsor a family member? We can help! We offer free after-school programs, immigration orientation services by appointment, and our youth services workers can guide you and if necessary, accompany you to the Refugee Board. We keep all of your information confidential.

We also provide assistance for newcomer youth in job searching, filling out school and scholarship applications, getting referrals to appropriate programs and services, finding housing, applying for Ontario Works, getting a work permit and lots more! Groups offered under youth services: Sankofa Newcomer Youth Program, The Global Roots Garden, Multicultural Club, Sankofa Drop-in, Sankofa LGBTQ+, and TUMBAO Dance Crew.

Where: 2340 Dundas St. West, Suite 301 | Toronto, ON M6P 4A9

When: Please call for program times and locations.

Contact: 416-588-6288 | reception@culturelink.ca | www.culturelink.ca

Arab Community Centre of Toronto – Youth Settlement Program

Group Name: Arab Community Centre of Toronto – Youth Settlement Program

Description: The Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT) is a non for profit organization with charitable status, and is non-political and non-sectarian. The ACCT is proud to be a focal point for all Arab and non-Arab communities in which they can find an outlet for settlement and social services inquiries. We serve newcomers of all cultures, religions and ethnicities.

Youth Settlement Program focuses on engaging youth and children in educational, social, recreational activities, sports and opportunities to develop skills through mentorship. Youth whom are Canadian citizens continually mingled with newcomer youth and children throughout the program for the mere purpose of establishing a safe, stimulating, enriching and integrative learning environment for newcomer youth. Our programs continue to be established upon the basis of uniqueness, to offer assistance to youth who are new to Canada whom are looking for work, fun social outings, homework help and to learn new skills – this is the foundation of the Y.A.Y. – Young Arab Youth program; a program created by the youth for the youth.

Where: 555 Burnhamthorpe Road, Suite 209 | Etobicoke, ON M9C 2Y3

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

Contact: 416-231-7746 | nour@arabnewcomers.org | info@arabnewcomers.org | www.arabcommunitycentre.com

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

Afghan Women’s Organization – Senior Afghan Women Circle

Group Name: Afghan Women’s Organization – Senior Afghan Women Circle

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 Senior Afghan Women’s Circle is designed with the primary objective to reach out to isolated and ostracized Afghan senior women in hopes of decreasing their social isolation and assisting them in becoming more active and healthy members of Canadian society. Afghan senior women are a segment of the larger Afghan community that has been recognized as experiencing tremendous mental health issues (i.e., post-traumatic stress, depression, culture shock) as well as physical health concerns. In addition, mobility and language barriers along with a general lack of knowledge about their new surroundings all contribute to feelings of social isolation and fear. The program provides and communicates information especially designed to fit their specific cultural needs, as well as creating an environment where they can provide one another with mutual support.

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

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services – Prenatal Nutrition and Support

Group Name: Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services – Prenatal Nutrition and Support Program

Description: Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services improves health outcomes for the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees, and their communities. We do this by facilitating access to services and addressing systemic inequities. Our vision is to see Toronto’s diverse communities achieve health with dignity.

Access Alliance is a member of the Hello Baby Circle prenatal partnership led by St Stephen’s House. This is a program of the Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP). Working together with Toronto Public Health and other community partners, we provide:

  • A friendly place to meet other pregnant women in your neighbourhood
  • TTC tickets and gift certificates for food
  • Snacks and childcare
  • Discussions with nurses, dieticians and community workers about pregnancy, labour and delivery, feeding your baby and many other topics
  • Services and information in several languages

Eligibility: Women living in the area bordered by St Clair Avenue West to the north, College Street to the south, Yonge Street to the East and Dufferin Street to the West.

Where: Trinity-Spadina Ontario Early Years Centre, 706 College St | Toronto, ON M6G 1C1

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-925-2103 Ext. 237 | 416-964-8747 Ext. 254 | 416-324-8677 | mail@accessalliance.ca | accessalliance.ca

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

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