YOCISO’s newcomer Youth Centre to be launched soon

  • Youth with YOCISO staff

YOCISO’s newcomer Youth Centre to be launched soon

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 used items that maybe you were looking to part with. Here’s a list of what we could currently use:

  • Board games, puzzles and group games
  • Musical instruments (guitar, hand drums, and shakers, but others are welcome)
  • Craft materials (glue, paint, painting canvases, construction and cardstock paper)
  • Video game consoles in working condition, old and new systems: Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Playstation, X-Box, Wii
  •  Music & Electronic hardware (amplifier w/ aux in, inputs & outputs, speakers, a turntable or record player (for music production), laptop, microphones, mic stands, etc. etc…)
  •  A Bookshelf (preferably taller)
  •  Video or photo cameras (working condition)
  •  Floor cushions/bean bags for seating

Stay tuned for the official launch of the centre!

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Our Mission!

OCISO supports immigrants through the journey of making Canada their home by providing creative and responsive programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, by building community through mutual respect and partnerships, and by fostering healthy and inclusive spaces for open dialogue and healing.

What we do 🙂

We are community based non-profit organization that has been providing services in Ottawa since 1978. We are motivated by the stories of new immigrants, and we are there every stage of the journey. OCISO directly serves over 10,000 immigrants and refugees every year. Our work is augmented by the generous efforts of our enthusiastic, caring and talented staff, volunteers, both established and new Canadians.