Organization: Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)

City: Toronto

Address: York University Keele Campus, 4700 Keele Street

Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018


The CCR Youth Network is hosting in parternship with the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) at York U,Amnesty International at York and WUSC Keele committee at York its sixth Youth Action Gathering (YAG)! This years' YAG will be under the theme The power of being you: liberating our intersecting identities.

YAG is a space created for and by youth that allows newcomer youth, including young refugees, immigrants to come together from across Canada to discuss common challenges facing newcomer youth and to equip themselves with the necessary tools to address these challenges. The event is a mix of workshops, plenaries, informal discussions and social events.

This time, YAG is a one day event. With the CCR International Refugee Rights Conference following on June 7-9, we decided to bridge both events and have a more international YAG as well. Youth networks from around the world will be invited to join the YAG and meet with the Youth Network during the International Conference.


The Youth Action Gathering 2018 will take place in Toronto, on York University Keele Campus.


A limited number of rooms (100) have been reserved for booking at York University's residences. The recently-renovated Tatham Residence is a traditional dormitory building. Each floor here has a mix of single and double rooms, and five private washrooms for use of all occupants on the floor. Images and sample floor plans can be found here.


  • $36 per night per person for a SINGLE room
  • $31 per night per person for a DOUBLE room

To reserve a room at Tatham Residence, click here.


The YAG always tries to provide food for participants during the event, more information will be up soon.

How can I join?

REGISTER HERE! Apply before March 19 (places are limited)

Please note this is a confirmation of interest, it does not guarantee you a place at the YAG. 

While you wait for a  confirmation, we recommend preparing for the YAG, which includes: 

  • Making a budget and gather some funds to cover part of your travel and accommodation for the event as well as pocket money on site for extra expenses. See some fundraising tips here.
  • Make sure you can take off from high school,  summer classes or work if you plan on coming.

Use our YAG 2018 Pamphlet to ask for sponsorship or funding for your participation to the YAG, let them know what it's all about and why you should be coming!


Organiztion: Women's Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre (WHIWH)

City: Toronto

Address: 2 Carlton Street, 5th floor

Date: Every Thursday from March 8 to March 29

Open to racialized women (Caribbean, African, Latin American, and South Asian communities).

Join WHIWH for a fun-filled 4-week group on developing healthy relationships with others, and most importantly within ourselves. Have fun, learn, and make new friends.

About Empow(HER)

This group, catered to young racialized women aged 16-24, aims to explore concepts relevant to the communities of these young women through open discussions and fun activities. The program is intended to provide a safe space for these women to feel supported, validated, and thusly, as the group name suggests: empowered! Through this group, we hope to increase the inner resilience and strengths of the young women in our communities.

This group will cover:

  • Healthy relationships, boundaries, consent
  • Intersectionality, intergenerational trauma, role of culture in identity formation
  • Self-care strategies, physical wellness etc.


WHIWH provides primary health care to racialized women from the Caribbean, African, Latin American and South Asian communities in metropolitan Toronto and surrounding municipalities. They are committed to working from an inclusive, feminist, pro-choice, anti-racist, anti-oppression and multilingual participatory framework in addressing the issue of access to healthcare for WHIWH’s mandated priority populations encompassing all the determinants of health caused by gender, gender identity, race, class, violence, sexual orientation, religion, culture, language, disability, immigration status, and socio-economic circumstances.


For registration, contact:


416-593-7655 ext. 4922

[email protected]

Volunteer hours, food, and TTC tokens will be provided.


Organiztion: Centenniral Branch, Toronto Public Library

City: Toronto

Address: 578 Finch Ave W

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Information from Toronto Public Library: Do you know your legal rights as a youth? What rights do you have at school, what can you do about sexting gone wrong on social media, and what is consent? Emily, a lawyer from Justice for Children and Youth will be coming to answer all your questions.

Free in the Youth Hub. Drop-in.


Are you…

  • 14 – 19  years old?
  • Interested in theatre and music?
  • Do you identify as a youth of colour? (Newcomer or PR welcome!)

CROSSING GIBRALTAR is Cahoots Theatre’s FREE Arts Access Program. This year’s program, OUR CITY, OUR SONG explores theatre and song creation. Cahoots is currently seeking applications youth aged 14 – 19, interested in music and performance! Our program is for youth of colour (newcomer and PR welcome!).


Through the week, participants will create and perform original music and theatre. Participants will also receive a free field trip to see theatre, tokens of transit, healthy snacks and an honorarium for completing the program! As well, these hours can count as volunteer hours, and you will receive a certificate at the end.


Every day from Saturday, March 10 – Sunday, March 18 (March 15 is OFF).


ACCESSPoint Danforth (3079 Danforth Avenue) at Victoria Park

CAHOOTS THEATRE STUDIO (388 Queen St. East) at Parliament Street


Please fill out this form (or have your parent or guardian fill it out):


If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Wong, Program Coordinator at [email protected]


Funded by the Ontario Arts Council 

Community Partner: Access Alliance Multicultural and Community Health & Common Boots Theatre 

Are you interested in writing and performing your own music? Are you between the ages of 16 and 24? Register for Scarborough Arts’ EAST: Mixtape Challenge!

Work with musicians and producers and learn about beats, flow, performance, songwriting and song structure, and artists’ rights. At the end of this intensive 16-week program, participants will have the opportunity to debut their songs at a live performance showcase in Scarborough. 

Workshops take place Mondays, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Toronto Public Library — Malvern S.P.O.T., 30 Sewells Rd., starting March 19 until July 16, 2018. Participants will also attend a weekend recording session on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018.

Deadline to submit applications is Monday, March 19, 2018 at 6:00 PM.

To register, download and fill out the application form in PDF or in Word. Please bring your completed application to the first session. 

Limited spots! For more information, contact Jen D. Fabico, Program Director, at [email protected] or at 416-698-7322. 

Organization: Youth Employment Services YES

City: Toronto

Address: 2562 Eglinton Ave W

Date: February 5, 2018 (13 week program)

The Job Skills Training & Work Placement Program for Youth

Job Central program assists youth 15-30 years of age to find employment through 13 weeks of group-based employability skills training and a work placement. Job Central offers holistic services to youth who are out of school, unemployed, and not receiving Employment Insurance.

Participants Will Learn:

  • How to GET and KEEP long-term employment
  • Effective job search and job maintenance tools and techniques
  • Teamwork, successful goal setting and time management skills
  • Financial Literacy information and budgeting
  • How to work safely and effectively

Job Central Provides:

  • Minimum wage for 3 weeks of pre-employment workshops
  • Work experience through 10 week paid job placement
  • Access to a wide-range of jobs from various sectors
  • Winning resumes and interview techniques
  • Life skills training boosts confidence nad build self-esteem
  • FREE expert job coaching and support from skilled employment prfoessionals, Internet and computer access, voicemail, faxing, TTC and more!

NEXT Group starts Monday February 5, 2018!

Call today to pre-register: 416-656-8900

Organization: Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club

City: Toronto

Address: 180 Westmoreland Ave

What's NextGEN?

NextGEN is a new initiative by Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club specifically designed for newcomers to Canada. Their goal is to provide programs that tailor to Skill Development, Employment Assistance and Educational Assistance.

Programs Offered

Online Safety, Career Development, Productivity Hack with Office 365 and Windows 10

Date: Friday, January 26, 2018

Time: 6:30pm - 8pm 

Open Gym Basketball

Date: Fridays beginning January 19, 2018

Time: 6pm - 8pm 

Women's Only Swim

Date: Fridays beginning January 26, 2018

Time: 9pm - 12pm 

How to Join

To access programs, you must at least be 13-years-old, and come to the Club to register with one of the following documents:

  1. Permanent Residence Card
  2. Landing Paper
  3. Notice of decision letter

If you are interested in this program, please contact Lucy.



Organization: Toronto Youth Cabinet

City: Toronto

Address: Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 Queen West

Date: Monday, January 22, 2018

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Calling all newcomer youth!

We want to hear from you! How can Toronto be better for its newcomer youth?

Young people who are new to Toronto can face many challenges in adapting to a new environment. We want to hear from newcomer youth about your experiences in Toronto. What works, what doesn't, and what needs dire improvement.

The consultation will focus on themes of transportation, education, social services, and accessibility to municipal government.

Come out to City Hall to let the Toronto Youth Cabinet hear your concerns as newcomer youth!

Food and TTC tokens will be provided. Register online.

Organizations: CultreLink and The Hospitality Workers Training Centre

City: Toronto

Address: Culturelink Children & Youth Centre, 3535 Dundas St W

Date: January 17, 2017

Time: 4pm - 5pm

Are you a newcomer youth?

Interested in a career in hospitality?

The Hospitatliy Workers Training Centre is hosting a focus group for newcomer youth! 

*Participants will receive a $50 Visa gift card.*

For more information and to register, contact Asal at [email protected] OR 416-766-6288 ext. 211.

**Spaces limited. Registration is required. Participants must be between 1-29 and in Canada for less than 5 years.**

TTC tokens and ligh refreshments provided.

OCASI (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants) invites frontline workers to participate in: Creating Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers: A Webinar Series for Frontline Workers.

LGBTQIA+ newcomers and refugees are an integral, though often invisible, part of immigrant, refugee, and LGBTQIA+ communities. Their experience of marginalization from within cultural communities and mainstream LGBTQIA+ communities often leaves individuals feeling that there are few options for obtaining services.

This series, hosted by a range of experienced professionals working in the sector, will allow settlement sector workers to acquire the skills and knowledge in areas related to equitable service provision for LGBTQIA+ immigrants and refugees.


Webinar1: Framing Positive Spaces - Building an Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppressive (ARAO) Framework for Leadership

Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Speakers: Yara Kodershah and Sizwe Inkingi

Description: Acquire the foundational knowledge of what ARAO means in the context of building positive spaces, and the importance of having an active and intentional ARAO framework.



Webinar 2: The Importance of Terminology and Language in Building Positive Spaces

Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Speaker: Zunaira Baig

Description: Learn important terminology and develop a clear understanding of the importance of language as it relates to our work with LGBTQIA+ newcomers.



Webinar 3: Trans Migrations - Barriers that Trans Refugees Face In Canada

Date: Thursday, February 1st, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Speaker: Kusha Dadui

Description: Engage with the complexities of intersectional identities using trans refugees as the primary case study. This webinar will help you to understand the nature of interlocking power and privilege.



Webinar 4: Integrating LGBTQIA+ Issues with Resettlement Services

Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Speaker: Gabriela Arredondo

Description: Situate LGBTQIA+ newcomer issues in a global context, and develop specific strategies for making your workplace safe and inclusive for LGBTQIA+ newcomers.



NOTE: You have to register for each webinar separately. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining each of the webinars.


Technical guidelines:

  • Please be prepared with a headset and mic for the best participation options (or you will be limited to using 'chat' for questions and comments).
  • Please test your equipment BEFORE the webinar because it is quite difficult to resolve technical issues during the presentation.
  • For optimum participation we recommend using a high speed internet cable connection (NOT Wifi) for stable access.
  • Please turn off or move hands-free communication equipment (ie. cellphone, hands-free landline, laptop with mic) away from the computer you will be using for    the webinar. We have found that other equipment nearby sometimes causes audio interference.

For more information please contact:

Yara Kodershah, Bilingual Coordinator, Positive Spaces Initiative
[email protected]
Sizwe Inkingi, Bilingual Coordinator, Positive Spaces Initiative
[email protected]