2018 Summer Programming
September 25, 2018
Every year, the ANC’s Children and Youth Division delivers summer programming designed to support newcomer children and youth in the St. John’s area. This year, the ANC delivered three concurrent Summer Programs designed to support newcomer children, youth, and their parents: Healthy Lifestyle Summer Initiative, ESL Summer Program for Newcomer Children, and Summer Enrichment Program for Newcomer Youth. These programs supported approximately 85 refugee and immigrant participants while connecting an additional 100 with external programming in the community.
As part of its new Healthy Lifestyle Summer Initiative (funded by the Provincial Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development), both young newcomers and their parents were provided with an array of specially-tailored workshops designed to encourage their positive health and well-being.
Topics for parents included:
- - Healthy eating and packing healthy lunches for kids
- - The importance of sun protection (delivered by the Canadian Cancer Society)
- - Growing produce at home (included a tour of Murray’s Garden Centre)
- - Shopping for healthy and culturally-relevant food (delivered in conjunction with Sobeys)
- - Topics for children and youth included:
- - Identifying a variety of healthy foods
- - Distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy foods
- - The importance of eating a balanced diet and getting exercise
Junior and senior high school students also had an opportunity to visit a local grocery store to learn about how to budget for their lunches during the upcoming school year while children in the summer program visited a local farm to learn about growing food in the province.
The ESL Summer Program for Newcomer Children hosted several guest speakers and presenters, including representatives from:
- - Lester’s Farm
- - Cricket NL
- - Autism Society of NL
- - ANC’s Diversity Outreach Team
- - Canadian Cancer Society SunSense Program
- - ANC’s Public Health Nurse
- - Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) Community Services
Participants also visited Bowering Park, Salmonier Nature Park, and the Suncor Energy Fluvarium.
Participants in the Summer Enrichment Program for Newcomer Youth took part in various weekly outings designed to improve access to community resources and facilitate overall integration, while supporting skills learned in the classroom. These included outings to:
- - Suncor Energy Fluvarium
- - A.C. Hunter Library
- - Quidi Vidi Plantation and Quidi Vidi Lake
- - Bowring Park
- - Confederation Building
- - Signal Hill
- - Johnson Geo Centre
Presentations were also delivered by representatives from Youth Ventures and the Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador Green Team.
The ANC would like to express its sincerest gratitude to the funders who supported these initiatives, including Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and the Provincial Departments of Education and Early Childhood Development as well as Children, Seniors, and Social Development.
We would also like to thank the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District for supporting this important programming.
Finally, a big thank-you to the hard-working staff and volunteers who assisted young newcomers as they prepared for the school year (including the over 20 newcomer youth who returned to volunteer in the same programs that they first participated in as new arrivals to Canada). Their efforts are truly appreciated and have contributed greatly to the important integration and inclusion of newcomer children and youth in their schools and community.
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