Our impactSCF aims to empower newcomers and people of diverse backgrounds while promoting cross cultural exchanges within Canadian society. Current Programs VR and AI Language Training Program Engag3D is a research project studying the impact of virtual reality and artificial intelligence technologies on education. In partnership with the Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga, we wish to examine and better understand how technology can be used to improve access to, and the impact of, English language learning, among newcomers to Canada.Vaccine ProjectThis national project implemented across Toronto, Calgary & Montreal aims at tackling vaccination hesitancy among Arabic speakers by spreading awareness on Covid-19 through social media campaigns, developing the capacity of health care providers, promoting community-based COVID-19 education and building capacity for evidence-based vaccination communication. Her StartupHER Startup in partnership with Jumps tart Refugee Talent through outreach and client intake. This unique program offers refugee women an entrepreneurship program that empowers them to build their startups and propel them to success. Phase 2 will provide training in communication, help with access to seed funding, mentorship and training to help refugee women develop entrepreneurial skills and understand how to launch their own business ideas in Canada.Previous ProgramsNatawasal This project connected Arabic speaking newcomer seniors to the digital world and services through an intergenerational volunteer mode York Research Project The study examined the impact of refugee discourses (political and media) on same-ethnic (Syrian-American and Syrian Canadian) Citizens in the US and CanadaVaccine ChallengeSCF delivered a COVID-19 memory game “Back to Safety” to 2500 Arabic-speaking children in partnership with UNICEF English Tutoring ProgramThis 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.Virtual Fitness ProgramCompetitive para-athletes Ousama and Dima Juha will run weekly virtual fitness classes for Arabic speaking newcomers with physical disabilities. Safe Spaces Family ProgramSafe Spaces consisted of 12 monthly workshops that helped refugee youth and their caregivers build better inter-family understanding and communication.Community InitiativesBridging the Gap: A virtual conversation between Newcomers and Indigenous YouthWe collaborated with BAM – Books Art Music Collective on a virtual conversation between Newcomers and Indigenous Youth. This conversation introduced newcomers to Canadian history and empowered youth to stand together against racism, discrimination, and injustices—making a contribution toward healing as a community and as a country. The conversation has been funded by the Laidlaw Foundation. (2021) Senators and Youth Engagement EventIn September 2021, SCF collaborated with Senate of Canada – Sénat du Canada and the Politics and Governance at Ryerson University on the Senators and Youth Engagement Virtual Event. Senator Ratna Omidvar, Senator Salma Ataullahjan and Senator Marilou McPhedran joined to share their inspirational stories, their experiences at the Senate, and their role in connecting with youth and supporting underrepresented communities.Our youth had the opportunity to connect with the Senators, ask questions, network and more! (2021) Virtual Social Justice Cafe & Art CafeWe partnered with BAM – Books Art Music Collective on creative monthly sessions for racialized youth to discuss social justice issues while engaging with professional guest speakers and enjoying arts. This project is funded by the Ryerson Office of Social Innovation. (2021)Nobody’s Perfect ProgramWe partnered with Rexdale Women’s Centre on Nobody’s perfect program; a parenting program supported by the government of Canada to educate immigrants about parenting in the Canadian society. The goal of the program was to promote positive parenting, increase parent’s understanding of children’s health, safety and behaviour, help parents build on the skills they have and learn new ones, improve parents’ self-esteem and coping skills, increase self-help and mutual support, bring them in contact with community services and resources and help prevent family violence. Rising Youth Grants We established a partnership with TakingITGlobal on #RisingYouth, a program that help youth build Canada and develop life skills by giving back to their communities. We delivered two workshops for newcomers youth between the ages of 15-30 that have a community service project and need support turning it into reality. We helped over 25 youth across Canada get funding from TakingITGlobal and run their community projects.