YOCISO’s Newcomer Youth Centre, located at 1800 Bank Street (3rd Floor) is a safer space for immigrant and refugee youth to receive free support through various programming initiatives.  We offer academic, life skills, counselling, and arts-based support in a fun, interactive, and newcomer youth-centric space.

The YOCISO team consults with youth to deliver programming that is tailored to their needs and interests in an effort to provide opportunities to engage with arts and skill development that may not otherwise be accessible for newcomer youth.

Workshops, special events, and projects are organized by the youth themselves on an ongoing basis to allow for a youth-lead approach to the centre.

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YOCISO programs are specifically designed to assist immigrant youth, ages 13-24, with their settlement and integration process in Canada. Through this process, these youth gain the necessary skills to achieve their goals, as well as develop a positive mindset to begin to overcome the challenges they may be facing so that they can contribute to the Canadian society.

These programs are offered both at the elementary and high schools levels in the Ottawa area, community health centres, and at OCISO.

YOCISO’s Canadian Council for Refugees SpeakUp! Project 2014:
This video was created by a group of youth from YOCISO’s programs and artist Allan André through a grant provided by the Canadian Council for Refugees under their SpeakUp! Project The project addresses the theme of refugee youth experiences within the Canadian education system.

Our hope is that the video will be used as a public education tool in raising awareness of the experience of refugee youth in our schools and create more understanding of the challenges these youth face once they are resettled in Canada.

We also hope that the stories in this video will highlight the resilience of refugee youth and how their difficult experiences contribute to their strength and ability to not only strive but thrive.

Newcomer Youth Centre
1800 Bank Street (3rd Floor)