“What do you think about volunteering with OCISO?” “Wha? Wait...who?” “Uuuhhhh Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization. They’re matching Canadians with the refugee community to help them learn English, Canadian Culture, make connections, stuff like that.” Immediately, images flash like gunfire...tears streaming down terrorized faces, hungry children, fleeing pregnant women, desperate fathers, an elderly man sitting [...]
“Who is these people?” asks my 6 year old. “A family – remember the family we talked about?” “From Serious?” “Syria, honey. They escaped their country because of war. Lots of people were scared and they left – their home, their friends...” “Their toys?” “Yes. Everything. They moved to Canada to feel safe and find [...]
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YOCISO is busy preparing to launch the Newcomer Youth Centre at 1800 Bank Street on the 3rd Floor alongside LINC. We are very excited to create our youth-centric space, but we need some help from our community! To make our new home comfortable and appealing for our youth, we are in need of some lightly [...]
YOCISO would like to congratulate Mitra Salamzada, a recent graduate of Rideau High School who was awarded a grant from the City of Ottawa’s Youth in Culture Pilot Program http://ottawa.ca/en/liveculture/youth-in-culture. This is the first time this grant is available and Mitra was chosen from a large pool of youth under 29 years of age. With [...]
Congratulations to House of PainT – UrbanArtFest for another successful festival, thank you for allowing space for newcomer youth to receive mentorship! A VERY special thank you to all of the newcomer youth from our programs who were a mainstay at the festival, actively participating in mural painting, lighting and sound, and volunteering with set-up and takedown [...]