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.