The Newcomer Youth Program is offered to youth ages 12 – 21, who are permanent residents or conventional refugees and have been in Canada 5 years or less. It is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Within The Newcomer Youth Program there are the following program streams:
This program stream provides psycho-educational and social skills training, and other tools to assist Newcomer Youth and their families with the settlement process. The importance of positive mental health and mental health stigma are discussed and connected to the immigration experience. Information and strategies are explored through innovative and out of the box practices. In this stream, youth participate in workshops and lead creative projects in digital media to present their experiences and teach others about mental health. The Orientation program also provides training to service providers and/or youth in schools and other community agencies on various mental health topics.
This program stream provides newcomer youth and their families with the support, skills and training they need during the settlement and acculturation process. Newcomer youth receive leadership and mentorship training. They also receive homework help and educational supports to ensure they do well in school and develop employment skills. Program workers focus on providing youth with information, skills and knowledge to help them adapt, settle, and integrate into Canadian life. The youth attend a number of workshops on topics such as communication and social skills, cross cultural and diversity skills, and navigation on public transit. Youth also gain specific knowledge on various topics including: self-development, group facilitation, computer literacy, and multi-media skills (photography, video, graphic and web design). The Welcoming Communities program also provides training to service providers and/or youth in schools and other community agencies on various settlement topics.