Connections Resources

 

Each one of us has a strong need to belong, and to feel connected to people in our families, communities and cultural groups.  Keeping in touch with people who will support you will help you to achieve your life goals.

Teen Voices
This Boston-based organization supports and educates teen girls to amplify their voices and create social change through media.  The biannual magazine addresses issues about careers, college preparation, diversity, the environment, food, LGBTQ youth, health, relationships, sports and positive role models.  They also invite submissions from girls aged 13 – 19.

Your Legal Rights
This website contains free, practical and easy-to-find legal information for people in Ontario. The site contains legal information about topics like employment, housing, the environment, family law (including child protection), criminal law and education.  All the information is written in plain language – and is available in dozens of languages.  You’ll also find answers to common questions, and an interactive map of key legal and social services across Ontario.

Teen relationships
What does a healthy relationship look like?  To understand how people in healthy relationships communicate, respect each other, enjoy personal space and make decisions, check out this Relationship Spectrum.  Examples of abusive behaviour and red flags are also provided.

U of T Free Astronomy Tours
Once a month, the University of Toronto’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics provides free tours to the public.  You’re invited to attend a lecture and then have a look through the powerful telescopes on the top floor of the building.  You can also sign up to participate in a planetarium show while you’re there.

Passport
If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, you can apply for your your Canadian passport at a Passport Canada office, Canada Post outlet or Service Canada centre.  This website lists the documents you’ll need and will lead you through the application process. (En français)

Fostering Cultural Connections

Culture Days
In the fall, you can look forward to hundreds of free activities taking place in cities and towns all over Ontario.  Culture Days are organized by hundreds of arts organizations, cultural groups, individual artists, libraries, museums, and festivals to show off and explore cultural music, dance, visual art, film, history, theatre, literature – you name it!  Discover all the different threads in the tapestry of your community. (En français)

Indian Status
This pamphlet describes who is eligible to register as a Status Indian with the Canadian Indian Register.  Registration does not happen automatically, you must apply.  Eligibility criteria and documentation required are outlined on the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada website. (En français)

Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
The Ministry’s website contains numerous links to important resources, including education, artists, health, housing, jobs and status cards.  There is also a Youth Zone for youth-specific resources. (En français)

Jamaican Canadian Association
The K-Club program offers individual and group counseling, anger management, conflict resolution, and advocacy services for youth aged 16-25. The Jamaican Canadian Association provide social and cultural programmes for the community. They offer a wide range of culturally sensitive services, which support the diverse needs of youth. They also advocate on behalf of the community on various economic, social, educational and political issues.

Central Ontario Chinese Cultural Centre
This organization promotes the Chinese culture and provides culture-related programs and services to the Kitchener-Waterloo community.  If you’d like to brush up on your Mandarin or Cantonese, or learn Chinese calligraphy or take Tai Chi, contact the COCCC.

Hindu Cultural Centre of London Ontario
The Centre provides activities, religious services, social functions and educational opportunities.  The Youth Group brings young people together to learn about the Hindu religion and Indian culture, and participate in fun activities.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
This Toronto organization offers a health and fitness program, swimming pool, community choirs, camps and classes of all varieties. They also provide a theatre program and concerts, visual arts gallery and number of Jewish and Israeli holiday celebrations and programs throughout the year.

Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre
The KW Multicultural Centre assists new Canadians by providing information about education, work, counselling, health care and family services.  They offer peer support groups for men and women in a variety of languages, and they offer English as a Second Language courses. For 40 years, they have hosted the annual Multicultural Festival in June, and admission is free!

Brampton Multicultural Community Centre
This site offers programs to new Canadians to help them settle into their new country.  They also run a Youth Opportunities Program, with a three month series of workshops designed to help youth learn skills in leadership, public speaking and negotiation. (En français)

Thunder Bay Multicultural Association
This organization offers services, programs and referrals to new Canadians for housing, jobs and education.  They also offer English language lessons and organize volunteer programs to help new Canadians settle and adjust to life in a new country.

COSTI Immigrant Services
This website offers job search services, counselling, English language courses and other settlement services to help new Canadians feel welcome.  COSTI offers specialized programs and services for youth to help enhance their skills, make new friends, take part in sports programs, and participate in a mentorship program with other youth.

Charityvillage.ca
Charity Village has assembled a list of all the cultural and heritage non-profit organizations and charities that are registered on its web site, many of which are located in and serve Ontario.  If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities, check out this list of organizations that could use your help.

LGBTQ

Youthline
The Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line is a toll-free service provided by youth for youth.  They offer support, information and referrals specific to your concerns.  The service is available Sunday to Fridays from 4-9:30, and the phones are answered by LGBTQ individuals.

Supporting Our Youth
This program serves LGBTQ youth in Toronto, offering youth the opportunity to be involved in the arts, sports, recreation, and to be connected to housing support and employment services.

The 519 Church St. Community Centre
Located in Toronto’s Church and Wellesley neighbourhood, the 519 is a welcoming place for members of the LGBTQ communities.  Youth who are exploring their identities are welcome to contact the 519 and make use of their resources, volunteer, and meet up with people who will support and encourage them.

Social Connections

West Nipissing Zone Teen Centre
This teen centre provides services and programs for youth aged 13 to 18 in the West Nipissing Area. They strive to create a safe, empowering place where teens can interact and access a variety of programs, services and activities they need and enjoy. (En français)

Voice4Peel Youth
This program was designed to help prevent youth violence in Peel Region.  The organization has assembled a list of a number of youth drop-in centres in and around Peel Region, as well as ways for youth to get involved in their communities:  Mississauga, Brampton or Caledon.

Greater Sudbury Youth Centres
Drop-in centres in the Sudbury area offer a wide range of opportunities including sports; pastimes such as billiards and video games, movie nights and dances. Internet access, homework assistance, peer mentoring and educational workshops are also offered. Check out their hours and locations.

Essex Youth Centre
This youth centre has a big-screen TV, satellite, computer lab, gaming room, Nintendo Wii, X Box 360, arcade, pool, ping-pong and foosball tables. Their programs include counselling, peer mentoring, tutoring, as well as social activities and games.

 


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