The “not-so-mini” NOW

Kristin News, Settlement Workers in Schools News

At CultureLink, NOW means Newcomer Orientation Week. It’s a program for newcomer students entering secondary school, to help ensure they have the information they need to succeed. CultureLink has traditionally offered NOW programs in late August, but we began to run a program in winter as well, for students who may have missed out or who may have arrived in …

Reaching for Goals – SEAP

Lisa Settlement Workers in Schools News

In 2016, CultureLink launched the Student Education Attainment Program (SEAP) – a mentorship program designed to help students of Somali descent with credit accumulation and educational attainment. Over the past 5 months, we have been busy recruiting and training mentors, organising community information sessions, meeting with the community partners and registering students. This past December, we were ready to start …

Failure – The First Step to Success

Lisa Settlement Workers in Schools News

Maged Mohammed is a Grade 12 student who attends Central Technical School (CTS). He was born in Saudi Arabia of Yemeni background and came to Canada in June 2014. When he arrived in Canada he could not speak a word of English. He said it was really tough for him as he was placed in Grade 10 and started learning …

Back to School: Peer Leaders in Action

Asal Settlement Workers in Schools News

For many newcomer students, navigating the Canadian education system can be quite challenging. To give students a better understanding of the new education environment and school culture, CultureLink’s Settlement Workers in Schools Program (SWIS) annually hosts a four-day Newcomer Orientation Week Program (NOW) at selected schools, one week before school year begins. The overall goal is to promote confidence in …