What is the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre’s Youth Program?

The youth program offers several opportunities for newcomer youth age 13 to 24 to get connected to the community.

The Multicultural Centre youth group exists to assist newcomer youth ages 13-24 in aspects of settling into Canada. The youth group consists of various components including a weekly conversation circle on Mondays from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm designed to encourage youth to learn and practice English in an open and welcoming environment aside from educational settings. Along with this, we run a drop in youth program on Wednesdays from 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm.

Aside from these weekly programs, we offer:

  • Post-secondary guidance (OSAP support)
  • Tutoring matches
  • Cooking activities (every last Wednesday of the month)
  • Professional development opportunities (First Aid, Smart Serve etc)
  • Recreational activities

Youth workers provide a support to youth by helping youth succeed in finding volunteer opportunities, job search, and educational support. Overall, the youth services program provides newcomer youth with a safe and welcoming environment to grow and thrive as they settle into Canada

Benefits of Participating:

  • Comfortable relaxed environment
  • Meet new people
  • Try new things
  • Learn about the community
  • Learn about other cultures
  • Opportunity to build your resume and your network
  • Programs are offered after school, weekends and during school holidays

Office Hours:

Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30 in St. Catharines
Niagara Falls by appointment

Application/Intake Process:
Any youth age 13 to 24 who is interested is welcome to stop by the centre or make an appointment to meet with the program coordinator for a short interview to learn about the program and determine which program is best for you.

Conventional refugees, permanent residents and live in caregivers are eligible for youth programming at no cost.

For more information or to register for upcoming activities please email or call:
St. Catharines 289-241-5913 | Niagara Falls 289-407-1358

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We are pleased to announce that we will be offering high school aged newcomer students the opportunity to undertake The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme at the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is highly regarded by employers and is achieved by completing a personal program of activities in four sections. These are: Volunteering, Physical Fitness, Skills Development, and an Expedition. Students will be required to complete all of these sections within a ten month period. Students will select their own
activities so that their program consists of things that will really interest them. Along the way, they will pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with them for the rest of their life.

We are very excited about the launch of this program here at the Multicultural Centre and will provide all the support required for students to achieve each section of the award. We will also provide all specialist equipment for the expedition as well as work closely with the Duke of Edinburgh Award team in Toronto to ensure that the provision is of a high standard. The Award Scheme is open to all students over 14 years of age and we will only be selecting students that have the desire and passion to undertake all of the activities involved.

Should you require any further information about the award scheme, or how it will run at the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, please do not hesitate to contact the Centre.

Landline: 905-685-6589 ext. 243
Cell Phone: 289-241-5913
Email: dofe@folk-arts.ca