Youth Programs

The Newcomer Youth Centre (NYC) at CultureLink was established in 1997 and has since offered very progressive and unique programming for newcomer and refugee youth in Toronto.

Now known as CultureLink Youth Services, our mission is to create and provide programming where newcomer and refugee youth can form communities and break out of their isolation; a safe place where there is no discrimination and where inclusion, respect, and tolerance are the norm for all. CultureLink Youth Services also attempts to instill in newcomer and refugee youth civic pride and a sense of belonging to Canada by offering programs that promote social justice, healthy lifestyles, and environmental stewardship, and a place where newcomer youth may find help in dealing with immigration procedures, issues of identity, integration and adaptation, bullying, violence prevention, inter-generational conflict at home, discrimination, and racism. We also provide orientation and advocacy services for refugee claimants and “out-of-status” youth.

Our programs are open to any newcomer/refugee youth residing in the city of Toronto.

Our youth programs include:

Sankofa Newcomer Youth Program

  • Global Roots (April to October)
  • Multicultural Club (only for Bishop Marrocco students)
  • Sankofa’s Drop In (every Thursday)
  • Sankofa LGBTQ + (pilot project starting in December 2014)
  • GLOW Girl Group  (every Tuesday)
  • NOW Club at Central Technical High School (only for Central Tech students)

Wintegration After-school Program for Kids

See Youth Services for more information.

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Amina Yassin-Omar

Assistant Manager of Community Development

(416) 588-6288 ext. 230


Zarina Butt

Youth Program Worker

(416) 588-6288 ext. 240


Asal Afshar

Youth Program Worker – Youth Online Employment Strategy (YOES)

(416) 588 6288 ext. 211


Alasis Mohamed

Program Worker – Student Education Attainment Programming (SEAP)

(416) 588-6288 ext. 225


Lynda Young

Youth Program Worker – Sankofa Youth Program

(416) 588-6288 ext. 238


CultureLink Youth Services is funded by the City of Toronto, United Way Toronto, Service Canada, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Toronto Community Foundation, Vital Youth and ParticipAction.

Our partners include Cycle Toronto, Dufferin Grove Community CentreKids Up FrontMJKO BoxingParkdale Community Health CentreParkdale Youth SpaceParticipActionPlaying for Keeps, Roma Community CentreSt. Christopher HouseSt. Stephen’s Community HouseThe 519 Community CentreThe Stop Community Food CentreToronto Public Health and others.