Active programs

For the safety of our volunteers and community, we are adjusting many of our programs to virtual formats while suspending others until further notice, in response to COVID-19. 

  • BC Newcomer Camp is a Canadian charity that operates free programming for recently arrived refugee children and youth and have been operating summer camps for the last 4 summers and growing steadily each year. The SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre is working with BC Newcomer Camps to launch two new pilot after-school programs that run throughout the school year!

  • The SFU Surrey-TD Community Engagement Centre works with the SD 36 Welcome Centre to offer support and mentorship to English Language Learners in high school through the Bridge Program.

  • The Central City Learning Garden is located on the P3 parking level of Central City behind the SFU Surrey campus in Surrey City Centre. The community-centred learning, social, and event space is operated by Embark Sustainability Society in conjunction with SFU Surrey, SFU Surrey-TD Community Engagement Centre, and Central City. Gardening participants learn how to grow, eat, and share food grown in the garden.

  • CommuniCreate is a program through which newcomer youth, ages 13 to 17, can get involved with their communities, feel a sense of belonging and improve their English through a fun and engaging youth-led and youth-centered curriculum. This new program is offered in partnership with DIVERSEyouth, a program of the DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society. A team of SFU student mentors provide support to newcomer youth to help improve their English by engaging in hands-on activities such as role-playing life scenarios, discussing videos, mock debates, presentations - all taking place virtually!

  • 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 through two programs: Connect through Homework and Connect through Reading.

  • The DIVERSEYouth program is designed for youth between the ages of 13-18 and between 19-24 who are newcomers to Canada. The program provides training and leadership development in essential areas such as cross-cultural communication, resume building and interview skills, volunteer experience and leadership workshops, as well as recreational activities and field trips. Guest speakers and staff deliver interactive workshops geared towards the settlement needs of youth. SFU volunteers support the program with workshop development and facilitation.

  • DIVERSEyouth and the SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre are partnering to develop and facilitate a series of virtual mentoring cafes that link newcomer youth ages 16-24 in Surrey to post-secondary information and stories. SFU students will act as mentors, providing knowledge and ideas to support the DIVERSEyouth participants as they consider post-secondary as a pathway or next step in their lives.

  • English Conversation Groups support newcomers (temporary foreign workers, refugee claimants, international students, and immigrants who have become Canadian citizens but still face language barriers). The program is offered through a partnership between the SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre and SUCCESS BC Settlement and Integration Services (BCSIS). Weekly conversations facilitated by SFU Volunteers help remove language barriers, allowing participants to integrate better into their workplaces and understand more about their rights and responsibilities at work.

  • The SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre collaborates with the Learning Buddies Network over the summer months to offer free one-on-one tutoring to children in grades 1-7 from low income families who are struggling with math and reading. SFU student volunteers are paired with elementary school students to work together and inspire young students to reach their full potential.

  • The SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre is partnering with MOSAIC BC to support their Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) programming. Funded by the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), this program provides basic to intermediate level English training for adult newcomers to Canada. SFU student volunteers support the instructor with course delivery and converse with newcomers to help improve their English.

  • The SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre is offering a virtually-delivered Media Minds program for Surrey youth in grades 6 and 7. The program is a series of workshops that help children develop confidence, communication skills and creativity through film education. Youth participants create characters, write stories, and animate their characters either individually or as pairs, and receive feedback on their work from SFU volunteers and the Program Supervisor.

  • The SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre supports Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver (BBGV) with their Mentoring with Math program for children in grades 1-7. The program uses the JUMP Math, a numeracy program that enhances the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students and educators. SFU students volunteer as tutors in the program.

  • The SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre is offering a virtually-delivered Racing Readers program for Surrey children in grades 2 to 5. The program is a series of 8 sessions that help children develop literacy skills and physical and social well-being. Children participate in reading, writing and numeracy exercises and physical activities. SFU students offer support and act as positive role models for program participants.

  • The SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre (SFU CEC) is partnering with Red Fox Healthy Living Society to offer workshops on post-secondary pathways for youth ages 18-15 who face barriers to employment - racialized, newcomer, Indigenous, LGBTQ2+, people with disabilities, etc. SFU student volunteers and SFU staff will engage in a half-day workshop to share information and experiences that make post-secondary pathways more relatable and accessible to the youth participants.

  • Science AL!VE is a student-run, not-for-profit organization based at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. The organization provides opportunities for youth to explore science beyond the textbooks through hands-on, interactive discovery, which stimulates their interest and fosters confidence.

  • The SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre provides a no-cost tutoring outreach program targeted towards immigrant and refugee children in grades 5-9. This program is open to students who have immigrated to Canada, and to students who may have been born in Canada but whose parents/guardians have immigrated to Canada. The program is a partnership with the Friends of Simon Tutoring Project and the City Centre Library.

  • The Youth Leadership Development (YLD) Program gives youth ages 10-18 a chance to grow as individuals and learn what it means to be a leader in their community. Youth explore relevant issues in today’s society in a safe and fun environment while building positive relationships and preparing for their future. This program, hosted by the YMCA, is held at the SFU Surrey-TD CEC once per week on Thursday evenings and includes SFU student volunteers as youth leaders.

  • The SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre is partnering with Pathways to Education, a program for youth in low-income communities that helps students graduate from high school and successfully transition onto post-secondary education, training, or employment. Pathways addresses systemic barriers to education by providing leadership, expertise, and a community-based program proven to lower dropout rates. The program is being offered for the first time in Surrey, and will provide a range of supports for youth including free tutoring, social and mentoring activities, one-to-one educational support, bus passes, grocery cards, scholarships and positive relationships with adult role models.

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