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The YMCA has provided leadership training for youth for over a hundred years. In 2007 we started the Newcomer Youth Leadership Development (NYLD) program to help newcomer youth and your parents have a positive settlement experience. NYLD offers safe, supportive and empowering spaces where you and your family can become active and engaged new Canadians.
NYLD focuses on integration, settlement, skill-building, volunteerism and community involvement. NYLD groups meet with a staff advisor each week to join in:
What are the benefits?
Who can join?
Can my family get involved?
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 youth culture in Canada too. Family engagement activities take place in the outdoors, Canadian-style, four times a year – in the spring, summer, fall and winter. Some examples of activities are apple picking, snowshoeing and visiting a conservation area or city park.
How can I find out more about all the activities?
How can I join?
First, check out the locations listed below to decide which is most convenient. Then you can:
You will also need your Permanent Resident (PR) card 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
20 Grosvenor Street, 3rd floor, Toronto
416- 975-9168 x 32408
Etobicoke Albion Road YMCA Centre
1530 Albion Road, Suite 83, Etobicoke
416-741-6994 ext. 237
North York Dufferin Street YMCA Centre
4580 Dufferin Street, 2nd floor, North York
416-630-0330 x 154
Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Ct. YMCA Centre
230 Town Centre Court, Toronto
416- 609-0218 x 248
Brampton Union St. YMCA Centre
20 Union Street, Brampton
905-276-9322 x 208
Mississauga City Centre Drive YMCA Centre
151 City Centre Drive, Suite 800, Mississauga
905-276-9322 x 208
*Mississauga youth group only meets during the summer time (July and August)
Would you like our staff to deliver a workshop in your class, library or community?
We come to you! 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 1.41MB) for more details!
For Toronto, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Peel Region (Brampton and Mississauga), email: email@example.com