Newcomer Youth Leadership Development

Newcomer Youth Leadership Development Program

The Newcomer Youth Leadership Development (NYLD) program is designed to help newcomer youth have a positive settlement experience and become engaged members of the community. NYLD offers a safe, supportive, and fun environment where you can meet new people, build new skills and get involved in your new home.

NYLD is a group-based program that runs year round. Newcomer youth groups meet weekly with a staff advisor to participate in a variety of activities including:

  • Leadership training
  • Social, creative and recreational activities
  • Visits to popular city attractions
  • Volunteering in the YMCA and community
  • Workshops from staff and guest speakers on a variety of topics
  • Celebrations for special occasions, holidays and festivals
  • Youth-led special events
  • Learn more about Canadian culture
  • Make new friends
  • Improve your English
  • Learn about Canadian culture and society
  • Share your culture with others
  • Build valuable leadership, teamwork and social skills
  • Share your views and become a leader in your community
  • Gain volunteer experience and meet high school 40 hour requirement
  • Get involved in your community
  • Mentorship opportunities and pre-employment skills training

Check out our monthly activity calendars, read our newsletter, or watch our video.

July Calendars
August Calendars
Brochures and Newsletters

NYLD is a free program for newcomer youth ages 13-24 who are permanent residents or convention refugees.

First, check out the locations listed below to decide which works best for you. Then you can:

  • Contact an NYLD advisor by calling a number listed below, OR
  • Go to the location you'd like to join and complete the registration forms.

Our Locations

Attention Teachers, Settlement Workers, Youth Workers and Students!

Would you like our staff to deliver a workshop in your class, library or community organization? Our Learn and Lead workshop series for newcomer youth offer a great variety of topics to choose from, including leadership, communication, volunteering, post-secondary education, Canadian culture and more. Check out our flyer (PDF) for more details!



Funded by: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada / Financé par : Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada