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The Newcomer Youth Leadership Development (NYLD) program is designed to help newcomer youth and parents have a positive settlement experience. NYLD offers a safe, supportive, and fun environment where you can meet new people, build new skills and get involved in your new community.
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:
Your parents, guardians, brothers and sisters are invited to participate in fun, educational and recreational family engagement activities. By taking part, your family gets to learn about Canadian culture too. Family engagement activities take place throughout the year and allow families to spend time together while meeting new people, visiting new places and building new skills. Family members are also invited to attend NYLD special events.
Check out our monthly activity calendars, read our newsletter, or watch our video.
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:
You will also need your Permanent Resident (PR) card, Landed Paper or Letter of Decision to register. If you are 13-17 years of age, your parent(s) or guardian(s) will need to sign a consent form for you.
To learn more about our Arabic Newcomer Youth Leadership Development program, please contact: 416-609-0218 ext. 30019
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!
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