The Newcomer Youth Program at Spence Neighbourhood Association, was put together due to a need to connect the growing number of Newcomers that are settling in the West Central community to educational, recreational, and cultural resources. The program runs 5 days a week from 6:30-9:00 pm for children 12 to 18 years of age.
Our goal is to support Newcomer youth and families in connecting them to resources that will fulfill their needs and support the settlement process. The program also aims to extend support and mentorship to the larger community which includes other newcomer serving agencies.
The Newcomer Youth Drop-in Program networks with other newcomer serving agencies to provide services for newcomer youth and their families such as:
NEEDS inc, IRCOM, City Church, NISW, NOWAN, Klinic, New Journey Housing, local schools, Global Welcome Centre, Welcome Place, the Aurora Family Centre, SERC and West End Women's Center.
Programming aims to be diverse and engaging;
For Educational Programming:
Peace building, health & sexuality, and creating a safe place workshops etc.
First Jobs for Youth & Junior Staff (employment opportunities)
For Recreational Programming:
Outings (swimming at the beach, movies, Go Karts etc)
Basketball, wheelchair sports, soccer and hockey at the MERC, as well as other sport and sport development programming.
Sporting events such as Jets, Bomber, Goldeyes games
For Cultural Programming:
Cultural outing such as Folklorama, Fringe festivals, Festival du voyageur, Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, African Dance Night and Aboriginal Concerts
Hip hop, African Drumming, Cultural Cooking with youth workshops
Joint Programming with Newcomer Agencies
We are funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada- Settlement and Resettlement Programs.