Newcomer Youth Civic Engagement

The Newcomer Youth Civic Engagement (NYCE) Project was youth-led, embedded in the CCR Youth Network's principles, and focused on offering newcomer youth an opportunity to be leaders in their communities and tackle issues that affect them. The project aimed to help newcomer youth from across Canada connect and engage with their communities. The NYCE initiative identified key issues for newcomer youth and supported them in exploring ways to address these issues within their communities.

While the project is based on the youth-led principle, it was 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. Read about the local projects and organisations below! And scroll down for a breakdown of how the project worked.

Read the report on the NYCE project here!


Newcomer youth participated in NYCE through two main activities:


1. Local projects

The NYCE project included thirteen local projects across Canada, listed below, each of them involving newcomer youth 16-24 years old. Together they consulted newcomer youth in their communities on key issues and barriers, and explored ways of addressing them creatively, and developed tools to engage relevant decision makers.

Depending on their own realities and ideas, local projects took different forms to address the issues they identified in each community. 




Have a look at the Myth Busting Cartoons that came out of the local projects here!



Youth Leader
Supporting Organization
Narges Samimi & Tenzin Phantok Making a Change! New Westminster, BC Immigrant Services Society of BC
Naol Kassa Newcomers are Lit! Edmonton, AB Multicultural Health Brokers
Saleh Alimasi Your Ideal Winnipeg Winnipeg, MA Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba
Obada Baghdadi The Unexpected Journey Windsor, ON YMCA of Western Ontario
Sally Hammad Stories of Newcomer Youth London, ON Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support & Integration
Huda Al'Obaidi and members of Crossing Borders Crossing Borders Kitchener, ON Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support
Julia Salmon Tearing Down the Walls Toronto, ON FCJ Refugee Centre
Humaima Ashfaque Adversity 2 Action Toronto, ON York University Centre for Refugee Studies
Keshav Bajgai  Newcomer Youth Voice Ottawa, ON Youth Program of the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization
Hicham Khanafer Conver-Station FM Montreal, QC Centre Social d’aide aux immigrants
Justine Dangbe, Rene Rukundo, Arnaud Kazamwali and Pierre Dushime  Together in Action Joliette, QC Lanaudière Regional Committee for International Development Education
Noussaiba Dehimi Fredericton Youth Fredericton, NB Multicultural Association of Fredericton
Milia Aidemouni Facing Issues & Barriers Saint John, NB YMCA of Greater Saint John



2. A national Youth Action Gathering (April 2017)

Follow the link to read the report on the YAG!

Congratulations to all and welcome to the CCR Youth Network!