The ISKA Youth program provides settlement services and a drop in youth group program to newcomer youth between ages 13-24. We assist with the integration of newcomer youth in Kingston by providing a safe and welcoming environment, and helping youth reach their full potential.
ISKA’s youth settlement worker provides support to youth on immigration issues, supportive counseling, and offers information sessions on diverse subjects such as housing, education, employment, health and legal services. We also provide help with immigration documentation, interpretation and translation, and community referral.
Drop-in Youth Group and Homework Club
Come to the ISKA Youth Group at the new Boys and Girls Club in Frontenac Mall (1300 Bath Road) every Tuesday afternoon 3-6pm to make new friends, eat good food, play fun games and learn about Canada! Youth group nights include movies, fun games, art projects, skills development workshops and homework help. We have group sessions, community outings, and field trips. Sometimes there are special events or guest speakers. This is an opportunity to share your ideas and experiences with other immigrant youth. Our immigrant youth group discusses various topics that help you become familiar with your new community and that are important for you. If you have a difficulty with transportation, we can make arrangements.
Some Skill Development Opportunities
Dare to Stand Out: Kingston Youth Diversity Conference: ISKA youth will meet once a week for a period of two months to help plan and organize this conference that will take place early 2015 at the Queen's University McArthur Hall. This conference is in partnership with the Limestone District School Board and Jer's Vision. Click here for pictures from last year's conference.
Shaking the Movers: ISKA youth, invited by the North-South Partnership for Children, participate in this conference that takes place each November in Toronto. Youth from across Ontario get together each year to discuss the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This year, the conference will focus on Articles 32, 34 and 36.
Love my Life and Freeze the Industry: Thanks to KFL&A Public Health, ISKA youth have had the opportunity to learn about the strategies the tobacco industry is using to target youth. Youth will become ambassadors in their communities by hosting events to raise awareness about this industry.
Multicultural Afterschool Program (Starting November 2014)
The Multicultural Afterschool Program provides weekly programing specifically for immigrant children ages 8 -12. The program ensures that newcomer children have the supports needed to adjust to a new culture, language, friends, and school environment. The program includes educational games, sharing stories and experiences, and language & homework help.