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Refugee Youth – BBQ @ Scarborough Bluffs


This year, thousands of refugees from Nigeria arrived in Toronto and are living in hotels.  Our Newcomer Services – Welcoming Communities program recently reached out to hear directly from the youth and discover what supports and resources they wish to have.  To help facilitate this goal, we organized a BBQ at the Scarborough Bluffs that was attended by more than 50 refugee youth! They enjoyed good food, interactive games, and a painting overlooking the water.


As we move into the summer season, we will be organizing a number of activities are to help foster this community and ease the transitional challenges faced by Canadian newcomers:

  • Understanding the Canadian school system and post-secondary opportunities: credits, post- secondary school applications and requirements and colleges / university campus tours
  • Career exploration: resume building, job search, etc.
  • Volunteering: Daily Bread Food Bank, Wild Life Foundation, nursing homes, community-based projects
  • Arts, crafts and music
  • Parks, field trips and excursions


TDSB Newcomer Services – Welcoming Communities is a structured mentorship program for new Canadian students in TDSB elementary schools, middle schools and secondary schools.

Working alongside our program staff, and a peer helper, newcomer students participate in a variety of group activities designed to help ease some of the transitional challenges faced when settling into Canadian culture.

Activities may include: homework clubs, English conversation circles, sports and recreational activities, table tennis lessons, a reading buddy program, steel pan drums lessons, field trips, and a culturally-based culinary program.

For more information see the Newcomer Services Facilitator at your school, call 416.395.2027, visit our website, or email us at


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