Youth Program | YOCISO

Youth Program | YOCISO2019-09-10T21:56:28-05:00

2017 Community Grant Recipients!


The Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund was created in the honour of our founder, Ted Rogers. Launched in June 2017, the fund is dedicated to ensuring the success of future generations of Canadians by helping the brightest young leaders across the country succeed in their educational aspirations.

The Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund is divided into two key pillars: Youth Scholarships, including employee scholarships, and Community Grants.

By focusing on the importance of youth development and educational programs, we are helping to break down barriers that Canadian youth face in order to help our next generation of leaders succeed.

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)

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.


Donnielle Roman
Youth Services Program Manager
613-518-0680 ext. 110
Fax: 613-249-9642

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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.