Local NYCE projects

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The Newcomer Youth Civic Engagement (NYCE) Project aims to help newcomer youth from across Canada to connect and engage with their communities. The NYCE initiative will identify and focus on key issues for newcomer youth and will support them in exploring ways to address these issues within their communities!

Newcomer youth will participate through two main activities:

  1. Local projects divided in two sessions (January – February 2017)
  2. A national Youth Action Gathering (April 2017)


As a youth led project, NYCE is embedded in the CCR Youth Network's principles and focuses on offering newcomer youth an opportunity to be leaders in their communities and tackle issues that affect them.

While the project is based on the youth-led principle, it is also important that the youth involved gain leadership skills within the right conditions, through the support of organizations that can offer resources and guidance to the newcomer youth involved. 



Local projects

The NYCE project currently includes thirteen local projects across Canada, each of them involving newcomer youth 16-24 years old. Together they will:

  • Consult newcomer youth in their community on key issues and barriers, and explore ways of addressing them creatively, and 
  •  Provide youth with tools and guidance on how to engage with relevant decision makers.

Depending on their own realities and ideas, local projects will take different forms to address the issues they have identified in their community. Here is the complete list of the local projects in all Canadian cities with their assigned youth leaders.

Congratulations to all and welcome to the CCR Youth Network!


Youth Leader Name
Supporting Organization
Narges Samimi & Tenzin Phantok New Westminster, BC Immigrant Services Society of BC
Naol Kassa Edmonton, AB Multicultural Health Brokers
Saleh Alimasi Winnipeg, MA Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba
Obada Baghdadi Windsor, ON YMCA of Western Ontario
Sally Hammad London, ON Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support & Integration
Huda Al'Obaidi and members of Crossing Borders Kitchener, ON Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support
Julia Salmon Toronto, ON FCJ Refugee Centre
Humaima Ashfaque Toronto, ON York University Centre for Refugee Studies
Keshav Bajgai  Ottawa, ON Youth Program of the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization
Hicham Khanafer Montreal, QC Centre Social d’aide aux immigrants
Justine Dangbe, Rene Rukundo, Arnaud Kazamwali and Pierre Dushime  Joliette, QC Lanaudière Regional Committee for International Development Education
Noussaiba Dehimi Fredericton, NB Multicultural Association of Fredericton
Milia Aidemouni Saint John, NB YMCA of Greater Saint John