- Health, Fitness & Aquatics
- Early Years / Child Care
- Immigrant Services
- Employment Services
- Community Services
- Camp & Outdoor Centre
Belonging is the Beginning: For youth new to Canada, fear and loneliness are everyday feelings. Recognizing an authentic sense of belonging takes time through experiences and connections. The Newcomer Youth programming empowers youth who have recently arrived in Canada, with the knowledge and tools to successfully integrate and settle into Canadian socity.
The program breaks down cultural barriers offering a safe place to have fun, make friends, and share ideas and experiences with other immigrant youth while exploring a new community and is currently delivered in YMCA Health Fitness Aquatic facilities.
A forum for immigrant students to creatively express their voice and allow them to communicate their experiences and aspirations through theatre. The following schools are involved in the delivery of the program - Waterloo CI, Eastwood CI, Glat CI, Forest Heights, and St. Mary's.
Offered the last two weeks of summer, this program supports high school students with orientation to school, tips for success, and an opportunity to make new friends through a Peer Mentorship model. The following ELL magnet schools are involved in the delivery of the program - Waterloo CI, Eastwood CI, Galt CI, Forest Heights, and St. Mary's.
Through the support of the KW Community Foundation, this two year initiative is designed to empower newcomer youth by creating a strategic, coordinated pathway to grow as individuals and feel a sense of belonging that ultimately allows them to see the value of their contribution to the community. Contact the Community Development Specialist for more information.