We’re looking for dedicated SFU students who want to make a difference in the lives of newcomer youth.
The SFU Surrey-TD Community Engagement Centre is working with the Surrey School District (SD36) Welcome Centre to offer support and mentorship to English Language Learners in elementary and high school via the Community Connect Program.
The Community Connect Program offers the following streams:
- Connect Through Homework: Offers mentoring and homework support to young English Language Learners in Grades 8–10. Themes addressed in the program include: making peer connections; understanding settlement, self and others; self-image, stereotypes and social skills; communication, conflict, and care; staying safe in school and community; working, volunteering, and connecting in community.
- Connect Through Reading: Supports English Language Learners in Grades 5–7 with their transition into secondary school by providing mentoring through reading support. Themes addressed in the program include: how to make the best of your high school experience; staying safe and healthy in school and community; working, volunteering and connecting in community; and developing an understanding of school and community.
- Connect 11: Provides meaningful connection for the whole family and enhances student, parent, and other family member’s engagement and integration into their new community. Children and youth are provided with sports and activities to engage and develop the skills necessary for life and in school. For parents, there are workshops to support the family’s engagement and connectedness to school and community.
- Connect Through Voices: Amplifies the voices of refugee and immigrant students to talk about what they need, the challenges that they face, and how to best support them in their school and Community.