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ENGAGED IMMIGRANT YOUTH PROGRAM

ENGAGED IMMIGRANT YOUTH PROGRAM (EIYP)


 
 

The Engaged Immigrant Youth Program is dedicated to working with school communities to support youth to stay in school and improve their chances of pursuing meaningful employment and educational opportunities.

Youth who move to Canada as older teens face a number of challenges which may prevent them from connecting fully with their school and community.  These challenges include learning English, the complexities of a new culture, the demands of school work, and making new friendships at school.

The Engaged Immigrant Youth Program targets immigrant youth in Grades 10, 11 and 12 attending VSB schools.  New immigrant and refugee youth in these grades are often at risk for not completing secondary school due to their lack of engagement with their school.   


​​In October 2016 the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) presented EIYP with the Honourable Mention award under ​the Education category, recognizing the program’s effort in promoting positive race relations and an awareness of Canadian values and identity for newcomer youth in the school system (see http://www.crrf-fcrr.ca/en/best-practices for more information).​​​​

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