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.