Youth Services

Are you a newcomer youth looking for fun activities? Do you have immigration questions? Are you applying for refugee status? Are you unsure about your rights if you don’t have legal status in Canada or are unsure about how to sponsor a family member?

We can help! We offer free after-school programs, immigration orientation services by appointment, and our youth services workers can guide you and if necessary, accompany you to the Refugee Board. We keep all of your information confidential.

We also provide assistance for newcomer youth in job searching, filling out school and scholarship applications, getting referrals to appropriate programs and services, finding housing, applying for Ontario Works, getting a work permit and lots more!

Wintegration After-School Program for Kids

For more information about Wintegration After-School Program for Kids, contact Youth Program Worker Fartun Mohamud at fmohamud(at)

Sankofa Newcomer Youth Program

Newcomer youth making cultural connections at CultureLink!

For more information about the Sankofa Newcomer Youth Program, contact Youth Program Worker Lynda Young at lyoung(at) or (416) 588-6288 ext. 238.

Current Programs:

The Global Roots Garden

The Global Roots Garden is an opportunity for newcomer youths to learn gardening, cooking and environmental skills.  Youth work with senior newcomers to grow their own community gardens and harvest the vegetables too! Participants also get to learn about nutrition, and get to share healthy recipes and recipes of different cultural origins.

The program runs on Mondays at The Stop’s Green Barn (map) from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, April to October. Snacks and TTC tokens are provided.

Multicultural Club (only for Bishop Marrocco students)

The Multicultural Club is a group started and led by peer newcomer youth leaders at Bishop Marrocco Catholic Secondary School. The peer leaders plan games and activities for other newcomer youth. Tutors from WEST Neighbourhood House help youth to participate in the conversation circle and do worksheets to improve their English.

The club happens every Tuesday during school term at CultureLink and Bishop Marrocco from 3:15pm to 5:00pm. Snacks are provided.

Sankofa’s Drop In

This program gives all newcomer and refugee youth the opportunity to interact with each other and learn new skills. The program includes activities like arts and craft, watching movies and documentaries, attending concerts and sports events, playing sports and games, etc. The program also includes workshops to provide youth with useful knowledge and/or leadership skills.

The drop-in happens every Thursday at CultureLink from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Snacks and TTC tokens are provided.

Sankofa LGBTQ+

Sankofa LGBTQ+ is a pilot project aimed at promoting a queer friendly space in the west end of Toronto. The program is designed to give queer youth the tools to plan and implement events and activities for others in the community.

The project will be starting in December 2014.

GLOW (Girls, Learning, Opportunities, Working together)

This is an all girl group for 12- 18 year olds to gain leadership skills, participate in workshops, work on self esteem, self discover, transitions, and body image through dance and art. The program gives a safe space for youth to express themselves through Latin style dances such as Salsa, Merenge, and Bachata.

The dance crew practices every Monday at CultureLink from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

NOW Club at Central Technical High School (only for Central Tech students)

The NOW Club at Central Technical High School is led by Settlement Workers at the school. The Sankofa youth program runs similar activities to the Sankofa’s drop-in with the students in a bi-monthly basis.

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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