Newcomer Youth Advisor

Full Time Salaried Contract

Posted date: September 16, 2016

Position vacancy Closing date: September 30, 2016
Employment TypeFull Time
Job ID807
PayAnnual Salary: $37,900
EffectiveOctober 2016 - March 2017
Reports toActing Manager, Newcomer Youth Settlement Programs
Location / RegionScarborough Milner Business Court YMCA Centre

Why Work for the Y?

YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all employees. The YMCA provides more than 5,000 employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits and growth opportunities.

Nature and scope

YMCA Employment and Community Programs provide a variety of employment, counselling, outreach, intervention, training and newcomer programs to youth and adults throughout the GTA. The Newcomer Youth Leadership Development (NYLD) program will provide newcomers to Canada between the ages of 13-24 with youth-friendly environments where they can meet new friends, develop their leadership skills, and more quickly adapt to Canadian society.  The program has a specific focus on settlement and integration issues and community involvement.  The program also engages the parents and immediate family members of youth participants through fun, educational and recreational family activities. The goal of this YMCA initiative is to assist newcomer youth and their parents to have a positive settlement experience.

The Newcomer Youth Advisor develops and facilitates sessions for newcomer youth that are relevant to their settlement process and which encourages them to become involved in their new community.  The position works closely with staff from across the Association and externally in the community and schools to recruit and engage Arabic speaking newcomer youth in the Scarborough area.  The position is also responsible for finding meaningful volunteer opportunities for participants, overseeing community service projects initiated by the youth, building relationships with parents of newcomer youth, outreach, promotion, recruitment, program evaluation and reporting.

The Advisor must ensure they are proactive in staying abreast of leading trends in youth, teen and young adult development. The position will provide a  practical link to other NYLD programs to integrate principles of Healthy Adolescent Development, the four strategic frameworks of  Harm Reduction, Model of Change, Social Determinants of Health and Abundant Assets into all newcomer youth leadership programs. 


  • Develops, implements, monitors and evaluates Newcomer Youth Leadership Development programming. Recruits and retains Arabic speaking youth membership of surrounding communities, including managing the process of inquiry to registration to long term participation and retention as a YMCA member.
  • Anticipates needs of youth and communities and assists in planning ahead for future programs and leadership opportunities.
  • Assists in planning and implementing special NYLD events throughout the year including but not limited to, Peace by Piece, Family Days, Integration Conference; works with NYLD team to plan and deliver family engagement activities.
  • Conducts needs assessment within community and builds relationships within the community to promote newcomer youth and parent programs.
  • Outreaches to community through presentations and relationship building with other newcomer settlement agencies and works to build referral mechanisms
  • Delivers presentations in schools and community to raise awareness of NYLD and reach more newcomer youth.
  • Researches, collects and organizes settlement-related information pertaining to youth.
  • Prepares monthly narrative reports for submission with the association’s report to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
  • Acts as lead contact for Syrian Refugees in the Scarborough area.
  • Models appropriate behaviours to staff in line with our Mission, Vision and Values; establishes rapport and maintains effective relationship building behaviours with staff and members. Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner.
  • Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Children's Aid Society.
  • Understands and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism and imparts this knowledge and belief upon staff, volunteers and members.
  • Other related duties as required.


  • University Degree or Community College Diploma in related field or equivalent training/work experience
  • Experience working with teens and young adults is a requirement
  • Demonstrated knowledge of settlement services and community information resources geared towards newcomer youth
  • Superior presentation, facilitation, and organization skills
  • Flexibility regarding work hours including evenings and weekends and at different locations, primarily in the Scarborough area.
  • Ability to communicate in Arabic.
  • Proficient with personal computer applications, e.g. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, and Internet search engines; familiarity with social media an asset
  • Experience as a newcomer to Canada an asset 
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
  • The position requires the following Core Association Competencies:  superior competence in: teamwork and collaboration; advanced competence in: Effective interpersonal communications; relationship building and partnering; in valuing diversity and social inclusion;  fundamental competence in: being member focused;  ethics and self-management; being results focused.

How to apply

Please send résumé and cover letter
quoting job posting # 807 by Friday September 30, 2016 to:

Andrew Kowalchuk
Acting Manager Newcomer Youth Settlement Programs
2200 Yonge St., Unit 300
Toronto, ON M4S 2C6

Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check. Within the first four months and every three years thereafter, a Vulnerable Police Records Check is required.

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

About YMCA of Greater Toronto

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a dynamic charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. Our 2010-2020 strategic plan Strong Start Great Future calls upon our Association to invest in young people across their life stages to deliver on our vision of ensuring our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. This community health strategy includes a significant role for adults and older adults.

Mirroring the region’s diversity, the YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment and essential skills, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness, sports and aquatics, international programs, child care and camps.

When you support the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Annual Giving, you help us ensure more children, youth and young adults have the chance to be healthy… and so much more. We believe that by providing our children with a strong start, they will have a great future. And, ultimately, strong, healthy children mean strong, healthy communities in the GTA for the years to come.

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