Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Latinx Mentorship Program

In November 2019, the Sankofa program began a partnership with Teach2Learn to collaborate in the Latinx Mentorship Program.
The program, which has been serving youth for over 10 years, focuses on helping Latin American newcomer youth to settle in Canada as well as promoting the recovery of cultural identity for Canadian-born youth of Latin American background. The workshops are facilitated in English and in Spanish, and there are always volunteer mentors more than happy to translate.

The programs are laid out in such a way so that youth will have the opportunity to create meaningful bonds and relationships with their peers and the coordinators, while also learning valuable skills from facilitators. The facilitators often are members of the community who have overcome multiple barriers to achieve success in diverse areas and can relate to the participants’ experiences.
The program is a safe space for newcomer youth to practice their English skills, as well as for Canadian youth to practice their Spanish. It is the perfect space to make friends, practice your language skills, learn, and feel you belong!
The program runs two days per week. On Mondays, it takes place at Casa Maiz Cultural Centre (1280 Finch Ave W), from 5-7 pm; on Tuesdays, it is hosted at the Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples (2141 Jane St.), from 5-7 pm.
Every week the participants are presented with different dynamic and engaging workshops related to themes relevant for the participants. The program focuses on character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, art and cultural experiences. Previous workshops include goal setting, financial literacy, public speaking, team building, finding your passion, among others.
This program is accessible to everyone. We provide participants with snacks and public transit tickets or tokens. In addition, the participants receive community hours for attending the workshops and can obtain recommendation letters for their commitment and assistance in the program.

If you would like to join the program or receive more information, please do not hesitate to contact Juan at You can also follow the CultureLink Children & Youth Centre on Instagram to stay on the loop of upcoming trips and programs!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Archery Tag is a team-based sport that offers a competitive combative experience. The concept of the sport is similar to a game of dodge ball, with the exception that instead of a ball, it is played with a bow and arrow like Archery Dodge ball. CultureLink Youth Centre wanted to share this amazing experience with their newcomer youth.

 Partnership with Sankofa and Youth in Action to enhance the social integration of newcomer youth with Archery Tag

Overall it was an amazing experience for our newcomer youth



In February, the Sankofa and Youth in Action programs partnered with North York Community House to start an after-school program for newcomer students at Etobicoke Collegiate. The Newcomer Club is run on Thursdays right after school, from 3:30 to 5:30.

During the first sessions, we have done fun icebreakers and team-building exercises for the participants to mingle and get to know each other. We have also agreed on the rules we all commit to following to make sure everyone feels included and respected. Also, we have done some activities that involve reflection and discussions, such as reviewing our 2019 and establishing our goals for the year 2020.

This program serves over 20 newcomer students who enjoy learning different life and leadership skills, as well as playing sports and doing crafts. It is always nice to have a safe and positive space where you feel you belong!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Caroline or Change 

Getting a chance to go watch a  musical is not an everyday event for some Canadians. Thanks to The Musical Stage Co. a group of newcomer youth from the Youth in Arts Program were invited to go experience for Black History Month the new performance of Caroline or Change on Monday, February 3rd 2020. 

The youth had a blast going and learning about the historical aspect of this beautiful and last surviving, Edwardian Stacked Theatre. 

The performance was amazing and we had great seats! 

It was such a fun event for everyone! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

CultureLink Youth Snowboarding Sessions

CultureLink's Youth Centre Snowboarding Activity 

 Many Canadians embrace and enjoy the winter season by participating in recreational activities such as skiing and snowboarding. Therefore CultureLink Youth Centre wanted to share this experience with their newcomer youth. 

Partnership with Sankofa and Youth In Action to enhance the social integration of new comer youth in Snowboarding!! 

 The youth had an amazing time and learned quickly how to maneuver down the hills.

Here we are getting a crash course how to fall properly without injuring ones-self.  

Overall it was an amazing experience for our newcomer youth!!