Our impact

SCF strives to build welcoming and inclusive communities while fostering skills and talent amongst newcomers and people of diverse backgrounds.

Current Programs

English Tutoring  Program

This program engages hundreds of volunteers to deliver one on one English tutoring sessions to vulnerable newcomers who are unable to access ESL classes due to illness, disability, lack of childcare, etc. Our students also gain access to innovative e-learning resources.

Sawa  Support Group

Sawa” is our virtual wellness program for Arabic-speaking newcomer women living in the Halton Region (Oakville, Milton, Burlington, and Halton Hills). Participants will develop new skills, share their life experiences and make friends while engaging in activities and fruitful discussions. Participants will learn about stress management, parenting, self-care, and more. Spots are limited!

Her Startup

An entrepreneurial training and funding opportunity for refugee women. This is the first of its kind program globally that has the potential not only to change a lot in the refugee service sector when it comes to creating entrepreneurship programs for refugee women but, it will also have the potential to transform the lives of refugee women that will be chosen at the end to own and lead their startup. The program is unique to other refugee entrepreneurship programs as it offers not only training, but incubation, seed funding, mentors, access to top investment organizations and a dedicated business consultant to help them build their startup and propel them to success during the incubation phase of the program. 

Previous Programs

Flash Forward  PhotoVoice

Flash Forward PhotoVoice youth program is a safe space for newcomers youth in Scarborough to document their integration experiences and learn how to express themselves through photography, art and fitness. The program also focuses on personal development and social skills building.

Friends & Coffee

A virtual safe space for Arabic-speaking newcomer women to develop new skills, share stories and make friends while engaging in activities and discussions! We envision this as an online community where newcomer women can forge connections with others who share similar experiences, as well as learn and grow together during this time of change.

Youth Soccer Program

Youth Soccer Program This soccer program provides a much-needed outlet for refugee youth ages 12-16 for physical fitness, building friendships, tackling integration challenges and exploring self-development topics including goal setting, stress management, self-expression and time management.

Safe Spaces Family Program

Safe Spaces Family Program Safe Spaces consists of 12 monthly workshops helping refugee youth and their caregivers build better inter-family understanding and communication. Families learn to harness resilience, integrate trauma stories and channel them into building inner strength.

Virtual Fitness Program

Competitive para-athletes Ousama and Dima Juha will run weekly virtual fitness classes for Arabic speaking newcomers with physical disabilities. Classes will run online from Dec. 13th, 2020 to Feb.19th, 2021 via ZOOM. Participants will benefit from exercise techniques that are tailored to their needs, free exercise equipment, and the opportunity to stay active and social while at home. Thank you to the Canadian Red Cross and Government of Canada for supporting this project. 

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