Newcomer Youth Programs - YMCA of Three Rivers Waterloo Region

Newcomer Youth Programs

Make friends and connect with the community!

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 society. 

Newcomer Youth Gab Sessions

Online on September 27, October 25, and November 29 from 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Have fun, make new connections, practice your English speaking skills, and increase your sense of belonging within the community! To learn more, view our Newcomer Youth Gab Sessions flyer (PDF).


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Family Language & Learning

Online on Mondays and Wednesdays | October 17 - November 28

Small group tutoring and homework support in reading, writing, and math for school-aged children (grades 1-10).


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Youth English Conversation Circles (Drop-in)

Learn English and vocabulary for everyday life, interviewing, and resume writing!

For more information, contact Esar at  


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Newcomer Youth Program

Newcomer Youth Program flyer (since 2000)

Are you new to Canada and between the ages of 13-21? Contact us to learn about how you can participate in our free program!



Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW program)

August 29, 30 & 31, 2022 | 9:00am - 3:00pm

Since 2009, the NOW program has been offered during the last two weeks of summer. This program supports newcomer students that have not yet been in high school (grades 9-12) in Canada. NOW provides an orientation to school, tips for success, and an opportunity to make new friends!

The following MLL magnet schools are involved in the delivery of the program:

WRDSB: Waterloo CI, Eastwood CI, Galt CI, and Forest Heights.

WCDSB: St. Mary's Highschool & Resurrection Highschool.

To register, contact: or 519-742-8220



Newcomer Youth Pathway to Belonging

Newcomer Youth Pathway to Belonging flyer (since 2015)

A two-year initiative designed to empower newcomer youth through a personalized approach to connecting and contributing to the community to gain a sense of belonging, offered through the support of the KW Community Foundation.

Do you want to work together on an initiative to create belonging for newcomer youth in our community? Do you think your program/service/community supports newcomer youth?

Contact our Community Development Specialist for more information.


Newcomer Theatre Project (since 2008)

Through a partnership with MT Space, this program offers an opportunity for newcomer youth to learn new skills in the performing arts, build new friendships, practice language skills and develop leadership skills.  The youth work together to share stories on themes of saying goodbye, adapting to a new culture, identity and belonging. 

Performances occur once in the fall, during March Break and in the spring.  The following schools are currently, or have been involved in the delivery of the program: Waterloo CI, Eastwood CI, Galt CI, Forest Heights, and St. Mary's.




 YMCA Newcomer Youth Programming is generously funded by:

Astley Family Foundation Immigration Partnership
Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation United Way Waterloo Region Communities