Community Development

Funding level: $50,000 to $100,000


The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)’s idea is to mobilize the leadership of newcomer youth across Canada to augment newcomer youth contributions to communities, through exchange and networking with newcomer youth in other countries.

The Newcomer Youth Civic Engagement (NYCE) project promotes newcomer youth engagement and leadership in their communities by supporting positive interaction between newcomer youth of various cultural, religious and ethnic origins, within regions and across regions in Canada, and between newcomer youth and other members of society. Newcomer youth face a number of barriers in Canada: language barriers, newcomers’ struggles in school, lack of job opportunities, lack of youth-only spaces, and limited opportunities to be involved in collectively as newcomer youth. The project will thus promote equal opportunity for individuals of all origins and focus on those who are marginalized on the basis of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation, or are vulnerable because of their past experiences, notably as refugees.

With the participation of 400 youth, primarily newcomers, between the years of 16 and 25, the project’s objective is to engage them in addressing issues in their community. 10 communities across Canada will participate in the project, each running their own local project, supported by a local community organization able to offer resources and guidance to the newcomer youth.

With the Aviva Community Fund’s help, the youth will prepare for a Youth Action Gathering (YAG), participate in and bring back learnings from this event. The YAG will be organized by and for youth, in June 2018, and held in conjunction with the CCR’s International Conference on Refugee Rights. This event will bring youth together to strengthen connections, learn from each other and connect with youth and other leaders from outside Canada (for example, the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network – Australia).

This project is led by the youth division of the CCR, a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada. The Youth Network works within a gender justice and anti-oppression framework and strives to enhance youth-led initiatives and spaces.

The CCR launched its Youth Network ten years ago. From 2012 to 2017, CCR’s youth work was supported by various successful newcomer youth engagement project for which we had various sources of funding such has private family foundations, the Canadian government and additional punctual funding from Provincial Child Advocate Offices, Member organizations of the CCR, and Provincial and City founding.

In June 2018, the CCR’s International Refugee Rights Conference provides an exciting opportunity for the Youth Network to present their achievements on an international stage and network with newcomer youth leaders from other countries. Participating youth will have the opportunity to network and knowledge-exchange with national and international advocates committed to the rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants, and will bring these learnings back to their communities across Canada.

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Canadian Council for Refugees

Location: Canada