The FCJ Youth Network is an incredibly diverse group of newcomer youth that 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 FCJ.
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.
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).
FCJ Youth Network is inviting newcomer youth interested in learn about storytelling and filmmaking. The project “The Past, The Present, Our Future” was launched with the Storytelling series of workshops that are taking place on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 pm.
Great turn out at the first storytelling workshop at FCJ Refugee Centre. The workshop was facilitated by Shay Shay, who guided the whole group through storytelling techniques.
With the participation of more than 15 youths, the FCJ Youth Network started their film project.
If you could not make the first week of February, you can still join the group any Wednesday and catch up on the project.
The film initiative aim is to highlight the experiences of newcomer youth in Toronto and is looking to have different voices of youth involved in the project.
FCJ Refugee Centre has an open door policy so any youth who wants to join the project is welcome to come. We are located at 208 Oakwood Ave. (one block north from St Clair West).
Thanks to your support we were able to make it at the Youth Action Gathering, YAG.
The YAG was hosted by the Canadian Council for Refugees in Moncton, New Brunswick and we had a wonderful time! In preparation for this trip, we did a lot of fundraising including hosting two community dinners, and the creation and selling of personalized Tote Bags!
At the YAG, members of the group had the chance to participate in bilingual workshops learning about leadership skills, community engagement, and advocating for the rights of all newcomer youth living in Canada. As well as attending the Moncton AfroFest Gala, and attending Hopewell Rocks – a once in a lifetime opportunity!
We were able to make it thanks to the support from each one of you!!
Help us to get our FCJ Youth Network to the Youth Action Gatherings (YAG) .
We are raising funds to cover the cost to travel to attend The Youth Action Gatherings (YAG) in Moncton, New Brunswick in October.
The Youth Action Gatherings (YAG) bring together immigrant and refugee youth from across Canada to share, learn and together strategize about how to address common challenges. The YAG is a space where newcomer youth across Canada build a community of support that persists even when they go back home.
Join us at our dinner for our FCJ Youth Network, on Wednesday September 25th, at 7 o’clock. We will be preparing a delicious spaghetti dinner, with organic local ingredients, and selling tote bags as well! The cost for dinner will be $15 and the tote bags will be $15 as well! Your support will make the difference in helping us reach our goal!!
Stereotypes, prejudices and all the negative labels that newcomer youth are painted with steered us in making this spoken word video. It came as an idea to some of the youth from FCJ Refugee Centre Youth Network who attended an anti-islamophobia workshop together with the strong voices from OCASI and the CCR Youth Network. We wanted to change the approach or the way youth of precarious migration status are treated once they seek assistance from service providers. By FCJ Refugee Centre Youth Network
Join us for an evening to express our gratitude and celebrate our experiences at the recent Youth Action Gathering in Edmonton, Alberta… Each of us will share how our participation in this event has initiated change in our own lives, as well as those around us. You will see 8 unique and creative presentations that will show you the difference your support has made!
PLACE: 603 Markham Street
DATE: Thursday September 5th, 6:00 to 8:30 pm
This event is free with food and drinks for sale!