The FCJ Youth Network is an incredibly diverse group of newcomer youth which has welcomed over 80 members in the past year. The group meets on a weekly basis and shapes a space to share experiences, support one another, and mobilize their knowledge to overcome the challenges that they face. The FCJ Youth Network not only offers opportunities for volunteering and skill development, but the group plans a lot of social activities together, including: going to movies, camping, sports activities and exploring the city. The group is open for newcomer youth between the ages of 14 and 24 (and allies), and we meet every Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 at the FCJ Refugee Center. For more information please contact us.
The FCJ Youth Network works on many levels to help newcomer youth integrate into Canadian society. The initiative holds weekly drop-in sessions on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:30 where youth will be provided a venue to voice their concerns and collectively develop strategies to work through any issues. The drop-ins offer an excellent opportunity for newcomer youth to become better acquainted with the city of Toronto as we also facilitate field trips, walking tours and recreational activities. Concurrently, youth will be provided an opportunity to consult field professionals on immigration and refugee matters. In addition to the weekly drop-ins, youth involved in the program will be able to participate in a work placement. This program will help them work toward their individual professional goals while gaining Canadian experience in a dynamic, multi-cultural setting. The Centre offers experience in different areas. Youth participating in this program will need to commit to four hours a week for a minimum of three months. Successful candidates will not only receive diverse experience, but professional references that will increase their employability and propel them to their career goals. The program is open to anyone who needs help navigating the various Canadian systems, regardless of their immigration status. The program will focus on reducing the barriers for immigrant and refugee youth between the ages of 14 and 24.