The FCJ Youth Network has shaped a positive and inclusive space to welcome migrant and refugee youth from around the world. The group works from a strong intersectional framework, and welcomes anyone regardless of their immigration status, gender identity, sexual identity, language ability, length of time in Canada, skin colour, country of origin, or any other aspect of their identity. The group strives to celebrate the resilience and potential of each of its members, and address the multiple barriers that impede their full and equitable participation in Canadian society. The group is open for migrant and refugee youth between the ages of 14 and 25 (and allies).
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:
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 @ gmail.com.
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:
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).
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.
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).