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A way to reach out to young people struggling to adjust to a new country



Folk Arts Council of St. Catharines - Multicultural Centre

For Folk Arts Council of St. Catharines Multicultural Centre, partnering with the Youth Program Co-ordinator at Masjid an-Noor Mosque in St. Catharines offered a way to reach out to young people struggling to adjust to a new country.

Newcomer youth often struggle with a sense of belonging, as Canada is a very different place than the countries they come from. For young girls at the mosque, the separation from other youth is sometimes even greater. Working with the Mosque, Folk Arts could develop and deliver summer programs that focused on four key points: Belonging, Volunteering, Giving and Leadership.

When the Mosque’s youth co-ordinator identified a desire to help those girls build confidence and stronger ties to the community, Folk Arts was pleased to help put together a new project.

Thanks in no small part to a $460 grant from the Niagara Community Foundation, Folk Arts helped the Mosque hold 12 workshops for 32 girls over the summer. Of those girls, 90% said they had learned something new, and many said they felt confident speaking in front of small groups. Many reported they had made new connections through their social networks.

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