ICA’s fall youth programs are in full swing! Homework Club has been consistently busy throughout the fall, thanks to practicum students and dedicated volunteers, we have been able to provide one-on-one tutoring for all participants. The Meet Up continues to host fun community-based events for newcomer youth. Exciting activities for the upcoming weeks include ice skating and an IMAX movie.
This October, for 10 weeks, Youth Services launched the annual Youth Employment Training (YET) for newcomer youth aged 15-25. YET informs young newcomers about the educational and career options in Canada, and prepares them with the skills, knowledge and resources to pursue their goals. This year, we altered the program to deliver more practical results and to meet immediate employment needs. Modifications to the program were very successful: all of this year’s YET participants have obtained employment as a result of the program, and learned a variety of valuable skills such as creating resumes, interview etiquette, cross cultural communication, and problem solving.
An exciting new arts program for newcomer girls ages 14-20 will start in January 2017. Connecting Hearts Through Arts will ally young women from diverse backgrounds through various forms of art. This program aims to foster kinship connections between the girls, create a sense of belonging and support, invoke meaningful discussion, and empower the girls through creative expression. Connecting Hearts Through Arts will run on Thursdays from January 12- March 30 from 4 to 7pm. Contact Salma Eddiani, Settlement Youth Worker at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this program.