Become a Public Speaking Mentor

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Volunteer Mentors will help newcomer participants practice Public Speaking and relevant skills in a small group setting. Successful mentors must commit for the program duration and some extra hours as required by the program.

Mentors must be fluent in English with knowledge and life experience in Canada of five years or more. Mentors are matched with participants for extra support and guidance.

Mentors must have experience in public speaking, coaching, group facilitation and have the ability to engage participants of varying skills and language levels. Experience working with immigrants/ refugees would be an asset as group participants are mostly newcomers.

Exceptional communication and people skills are required. Additional skills that would be assets are: flexibility (in terms of program delivery), creativity, self-motivation and bringing new ideas/ activities to support learning of the newcomer participants.

Mentors would be expected to develop program material/offer short presentations to achieve the program objectives.

Mentors are required to attend mandatory orientation session.

Police clearance and reference check is required.

Mentors will receive certificate of appreciation at the end of the program.

Program Structure:

Currently, this program is designed to run bi-weekly for 7 consecutive weeks and once in a year!

Each session is 2.5 hours long which includes presentation, discussion on related topics and hands-on practice and homework assignments (if required).

The last session is generally about presenting final speeches (if the attendees decide to do so) followed by group photos, awarding certificates and a potluck party.

Please contact Rubeen for any questions or further details at 416-588-6288 x 231 |

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Tree for Me

TBaker Youth News

On May 27, 2018, Youth in Action hosted the Tree for Me event at CultureLink Children & Youth Centre. Tree for Me is a community-powered backyard tree planting program where Toronto residents and non-profit organizations were able to receive free native trees in order to improve the tree canopy in Toronto for future generations. This event was in support of the Every Tree Counts campaign in partnership with Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation.  This connection was made possible by the Bike Host program.

There were 7 volunteers from SEAP and Youth in Action who worked hard to make this event possible in assisting Rachel Bennett our Youth in Action Program Worker and Alasis Mohamed our SEAP Program Worker with community outreach and facilitating workshops. On the day of the event there were 75 trees given away and Councillor Sarah Doucette was able to come visit and support the youth in our community

“If Nai Can’t Go to Serenade, Let’s Bring Serenade to Nai”

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Last November, the Nai community became excited about an invitation from the United States. Nai was privileged to be invited to participate in the Classical Movements 2018 Serenade! ChoralFestival in Washington, D.C.  The Festival will bring together professional, community, and youth choirs in an exuberant celebration of choral music from all over the world. Held at  the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the 8th annual Serenade! Choral Festival will honour the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. …Read More


Leadership Session for Syrian Women by Mania Elendari

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A group of Syrian Refugee women attended a workshop on Leadership on May 23rd at CultureLink.

One of the many leadership activities they enjoyed was to talk about the people that had an impact on their lives. All the stories were about people they knew and had personal relationships with. Through this exercise they found out that the leaders don’t have to be famous. They are the people who have the ability to build good relationships with others.  Another activity they appreciated was the sharing of their own refugee experience.

In the end, they sang songs from their culture and enjoyed potluck with traditional Syrian food.

They told us they all had a wonderful time and wanted to have more workshops to know each other better and become more involved in their community.

The Magic of Three by Hanaa Al Sadi

TBaker Find a Mentor News, Syrian-related News, Uncategorised

One of the truisms in the non-profit world is that when you help women, the entire family benefits.  After a successful year with the Syrian Online Support (SOS) English Conversation Circle pilot via WhatsApp, I started to think about what I could do to make it better.  I wanted to expand the program beyond Syrian women and to provide them with both educational opportunities and recreational activities to facilitate their smooth integration into their community, and by extension their families. However, I could not do it on my own so I thought about which organizations I would approach.  Family Services Toronto and Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services came immediately to mind.

So, we met and discussed how we might address our collective clients’ needs and challenges. CultureLink could provide an English Conversation Circle, Family Services could deliver important workshops critical to newcomer mothers and Access Alliance would offer larger space and childcare. Together we could provide the tools, resources and services our combined clients needed that we were unable to offer alone.

We have developed a year-long pilot project which introduces these newcomers to various workshops and recreational activities to help them practice their English, meet new friends, get the supports they need and learn more about their new country. IRCC has been very supportive of the program.  They regard the partnership as key to providing client-centred programming which will help each organization improve their efficacy, impact, and sustainability.