The ‘Bestie Book’ Spring 2021 Edition is ready, check it out!

The FCJ Youth Network invites you to read the Spring 2021 Edition our Bestie Book. As both a recap of our past couple months, and a celebration of the members of our network, the Bestie Book is a space to amplify the voices of all migrant youth. In this edition you’ll find artwork, jokes, and poems written by our youth for you to enjoy.

Sad you missed sending in a submission for this edition? No worries! If you are a newcomer youth who would like to contribute to the next edition of the Bestie Book reach out to us! We’re always looking for contributions for our next publication and welcome your pictures, recipes, poems, stories, etc.

Interested in joining the FCJ Youth Network? We welcome all newcomer youth regardless of any apect of their identity, including their immigration status, race, or gender. Currently, we are meeting every Wednesday through Zoom.

Contact us:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 437 833 2427

Click here to access the document if you can’t see it in this page.

Click to access Bestie-Book-Spring-2021.pdf


Monthly Family Dinner: It’s Snack Time!

This April, the FCJ Youth Network is happy to be continuing our monthly family dinner tradition, this time with a twist!

For our Family Dinner: Snack Takeover, we invite the newcomer youth in our community to join us with their favourite snack.

During our virtual family dinner, everyone will share with the group why their snak is the tastiest, and we will bring out our competitive sides with various games.

Interested in joining us? Reach out to us via email at or via WhatsApp at 437-833-2427.

When: April 28, 4.00 – 5.30 pm.

Registration is open for a new semester of the Uprooted U program

We’re so excited to announce that the second semester of Uprooted U will begin on May 4th 2021. And we’re thrilled to be welcoming back our amazing co-teachers, Tyler Correia and Jesse Kohut.

Held over twelve weeks, this semester will offer a weekly two hour blended course, incorporating foundational academic skill building and advanced implementation of these skills.

Throughout the course, students will be guided in developing critical thinking, writing, and reading skills, while engaging in assignments to challenge themselves and expand their horizons.

This program will also offer weekly study hall sessions, and each student who successfully completes the course will be provided with a certificate.

This program is free, and open to all.

For more information, and to apply, please contact Natasha at
natasha.rollings @

You can register by filling out the form below or by downloading and sending the registration form before April 23rd, 5.00 pm.

‘Navigating the Divider,’ a New Program for Newcomer Youth

The FCJ Refugee Centre is launching Navigating the Divider, a new program supporting newcomer youth and community members to develop employability skills.

This program will empower youth to reach their full potential, learn about their rights, and develop new skills.

The program has been cultivated through a joint program between students at York University and Seneca College, and the FCJ Refugee Centre Youth Network.

We are looking for dynamic and enthusiastic volunteers to support this program to deliver workshops, and act as peer mentors.

The first orientation workshop will be held on March 26th, at 3h00.

Please click here to register.

Youth Engagement Week

In connection with the CCR Youth Network‘s Newcomer Youth Civic Engagement Project, the FCJ Youth Network is organizing, this second week of March, the Youth Engagement Week.

The event is focused on offering newcomer youth an opportunity to be leaders in their communities and tackle issues that affect them.

The activities aim to help newcomer youth connect and engage with their communities, identifying key issues for newcomer youth and supporting them in exploring ways to address these issues within their communities.


  • March 9th – 8pm: Games Night
  • March 10th – 4pm: Talk to Action by CCR YN
  • March 11th – 4pm: Migrant Youth Engagement 101

To register and for further information:

Launching our new Child Minding program in 2021

We know with all this COVID-19 situation, everything is getting canceled. Especially activities with our kids like sports and performing arts.

For many parents, who are practicing social distancing with their kids at home, finding ways to break up the day and give your kids a sense of routine has been a real challenge. It’s very difficult to have them all day with no more activities.

That’s how FCJ refugee centre came out with this program, funding by the city of Toronto that your kids can check out from the safety of your home.

Our child minding program is an invitation to the younger members of our local community to participate in the creation of art, music, and in learning communication skills in English. Throughout child minding program we hope to support both the creative skills and expressions of future generations to come by connecting to families through a 1 to 1.5 hour long virtual Zoom class, in which members of our dedicated staff will work to teach members of the program the basics of art (like shapes or colors), music (such as how to sing or read chords), and English through our ESL program. Art and ESL classes will run on Tuesdays from 4.30 pm to 6 pm, and Music and ESL classes will run on Fridays from 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm. If you would like to register, you can find our form on our website, or you can send an email (see details below).

For the program we use Zoom, an increasingly popular platform, very easy to use, and that children learn to use quickly. They just need to have an internet connection, and any device, like a cellphone, a tablet or a computer, and we will provide a link where you can access to our group. There the kids can spend time learning how to make some crafts, easy recipes, music, doing some exercise with dancing class, learn how to draw with new techniques, practicing their reading and interacting with other kids. Since socialization can not be in person, at least the kids can connect between then in a safe environment.

Also we want to help kids with their homework. We understand as a parent sometimes is hard to explain some exercises to our kids either with Math or any subject because we don’t understand it very well since is in English. So if a kids are having trouble understanding any instruction we will provide assistance with it.

For some activities like crafts you may have at home some things they can use but we also would be able to provide the material they will use in art so you don’t need to be worried about spending money in this amaizing program.

All kids are welcome doesn’t matter if there are not attending school or the status of their parents. Every kid is welcome between the age 4 to 15 years they can register and join us.

This Program will be Tuesday 3:00-4:30 and Thursday 4:30-6:00.

For registration contact Melina Caroprezo: melina.caroprezo @

Uprooted U program registration

We are very excited to launch our new Uprooted U program on Fridays at 2:00 pm.

The program is for youth who graduated from High School, and because of their precarious status are not able to do the next steps undergraduate degree or a college program and feeling a bit lost or maybe looking for some avenues for academic participation and inclusion.

This semester (October – December 2020), the program is being facilitated Tyler Correia and Jessica Kohut, two PHD Candidates from York University, and will be held every Friday online through ZOOM from 2:00-3:00 pm.

Once we receive the application form, we will send you  the course outline (syllabus) and the ZOOM link so that you  can join the next class.

In order to register for Uprooted U, please fill out the application form:

Join our Uprooted U online

We are very excited to launching our new Uprooted U program on Fridays at 2:00 pm leading by Tyler Correia.

Classes are held online via Zoom, every Friday at 2 o’clock beginning this Friday October 16th, 2020!

For more information visit the FCJ Refugee Centre Website or contact

Tyler Correia is a PhD candidate completing his dissertation at York University’s Social and Political Thought program. His research focuses on the theoretical and philosophical advancements and implications of migration in cities, and how city-based actors respond.

Currently, he’s working through the idea of the ‘open city’ to characterize new city-based politics grounded on the unconditional welcome of migrants drawn in part from sanctuary activism and policy, as well as urban political struggles globally – the sans papier movement in France, solidarity cities, migrant rights networks the world over.

Tyler has taught classes in many settings. Beginning early, he led program activities for YMCA youth programs in his hometown, London Ontario.

As a teaching assistant at York, Tyler has taught a wide array of classes within the social sciences on topics as diverse as ethics; business and society; globalization/differential globalization and social exclusion in a global context; sociological methods, foundations and philosophy East and West; colonialism, race and gender; labour and economic structures; political philosophy, order, and the state.

At the elementary and high school levels, Tyler has taught accredited classes in English and literature (grade 10 university-prep), as well as public speaking and rhetoric (grade 8 after school elective).




The Bestie Book: Summer Edition

Bestie Book Summer 2020

We know that the last couple of months have been anyhing but ordinary. But if there’s one thing we want you to know, it’s that we’re still here. Our door is still open. Home is still here. And you can count on us.

We feel so privileged to have been able to move our weekly meetings to online formats, so that we can still see your beautiful faces every week! We’re loving watching movies together, and we’ll find new ways of safely being together in person as soon as we possibly can.

We’re coming in to the beautiful summer months, and we’re all enjoying the beautiful warm weather and sunny days. And even though our usual summer activities will have to be shuffled around a little bit, we’re going to make sure we have lots of fun, enjoy the sunshine, and spend as much of the beautiful summer months together as we can.

So that’s why we’re sending this to you. Something small to chronicle this time, and to share memories. And something you can have in your home to remind you that we’re here, waiting until we can sit around the kitchen table together again. Around that table, we are a community, and we are a family. Until then, wherever your kitchen tables are; spread out across Toronto and all borders; wherever you are, those kitchen tables belong to all of us.

To read the book click here.

With all our love,
Natasha, Cutu, Tee-Jay & Natalie
FCJ Youth Network

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