Newcomer Youth Leadership Development Program
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:
- 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
- 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 experiences and collect volunteer hours for school
- Get involved in your community
- Mentorship opportunities
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.
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 the number listed below from the location you've chosen or by emailing. They will provide you with information on how to register.
- Or, go to the location you'd like to join and complete the registration forms.
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.
- Toronto Central Grosvenor St. YMCA Centre: 416-975-9168 ext. 32408
- Toronto (North York) Dufferin Street YMCA Centre: 416-630-0330 ext. 31090
- Toronto (Scarborough) Town Centre Ct. YMCA Centre: 416-609-0218 ext. 30048
- Toronto (Scarborough) Milner Business Court YMCA Centre: 416-609-0218 ext. 30019
- Toronto (Etobicoke) Albion Road YMCA Centre: 416-741-6994 ext. 30237
- Brampton Union St. YMCA Centre: 905-276-9322 ext. 31208
- Mississauga City Centre Drive YMCA Centre: 905-276-9322 ext. 31208
To learn more about our Arabic Newcomer Youth Leadership Development program, please contact: 416-609-0218 ext. 30019
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!