Youth Program | YOCISO

Youth Program | YOCISO2021-10-14T11:31:43-04:00


During the COVID-19 pandemic, YOCISO continues to provide services online through Instagram, Facebook and email. Please reach out to us if you need help with schoolwork, activity ideas, and mental health support or if you just want to chat. We are here for you during this difficult time and we will get through it together.

Stop by and chat with us, play some fun games and please remember to continue practicing physical (social) distancing. Stay safe friends.

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

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

YOCISO’s Newcomer Youth Centre, is a safer space for immigrant and refugee youth to receive free support through various programs.  YOCISO offers academic, life skills, counselling, and arts-based support in a fun, interactive, and newcomer youth-centered space.

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

YOCISO uses a youth-lead approach. Its workshops, special events, and projects are organized by the youth themselves on an ongoing basis.

For more information please contact:

Donnielle Roman
YOCISO Program Manager
YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre
1800 Bank Street, 3rd floor
613-518-0680 ext. 110
[email protected]

YOCISO is seeking tutors to help newcomer youth with science, math, English, French and business. Please sign up here.

YOCISO Tutors Needed

YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre
1800 Bank Street, 3rd floor

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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.