YMCA Newcomer Youth Programming - YMCA of Three Rivers Waterloo Region

YMCA Newcomer Youth Programming

Newcomer Youth

YMCA Newcomer Youth Programming

The YMCA has been a provider of settle services to newcomers since 1985 and has expanded to offer a broad spectrum of programs and services to immigrants and newcomers in Waterloo Region.

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 society.

Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW program)

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

Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW program) flyer (since 2009)

Offered during the last two weeks of summer, this program supports newcomer students that have not yet been in high school in Canada.  NOW provides an orientation to school, tips for success, and an opportunity to make new friends through a Peer Mentorship model.

To register, email: itinerant@ytr.ymca.ca or call 519-742-8220

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.

2SLGBTQ+ Newcomer Teen Peer Support Group

Wednesdays in July & August from 3:30pm - 4:30pm on Zoom

2SLGBTQ+ Newcomer Teen Peer Support Group flyer

Join discussions, make connections, and increase your sense of belonging within the 2SLGBTQ+ community! Contact Beck at rebecca.mallozzi@ytr.ymca.ca for more information!


Youth English Conversation Circles 

July 19 - August 18 2022 | Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Youth Conversation Circles flyer

Learn conversational English and vocabulary for everyday life, interviewing, and resume writing with our Youth Employment Specalist, Esar! Contact Esar at esar.aljuboori@ytr.ymca.ca for more information. Bus tickets and light refreshments will be provided!


Conversation circles will be held in person on the 3rd floor of our Kitchener location (800 King St. W, Kitchener):

Newcomer Youth Pathway to Belonging

Newcomer Youth Pathway to Belonging flyer (since 2015)

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.  

We do this by connecting with community organizations, school groups and newcomer communities to create experiences and make connections in the community that help foster a greater sense of belonging for newcomer youth. 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 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 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