Who We Are?
We are a non-for-profit organization that aims to address the complexities of immigration which has adverse impact on our Youth and their future role in our country. The immigration causes the breaking of all ties and circles and that's the reason why the youth immigrant feel despair and lonely which has extremely adverse impact on their well being, social establishment, acceptance, and the future of Canada. In many cases, the economic situation of the family does not give them the opportunity to use the costly services of private sector for help in education, attend workshops, or seek professional counselling sessions. Therefore, the existence of our non-for-profit organization to fill the gap and be a cultural bridge in bringing the immigrants and local community values together is a key element for the healthy and proper development of the community.
We strongly feel the immediate need for easily accessible projects during which newcomers or minorities to be incorporated into the social structure of York region community to prevent further damages.
According to the statistics Canada in 2016 close to 2.2 million children under the age of 15, or 37.5% of the total population of children, had at least one foreign‑born parent and the Children with an immigrant background could represent between 39% and 49% of the total population of children in 2036. Almost half of children with an immigrant background were from an Asian country of ancestry, while less than one‑quarter were from a European country of ancestry or the United States.
Our goal is to pass this torch of kindness and understanding from our current teenagers to the new generation that will be coming to Canada by proving them a place to share and grow. We want to bring unity to all teenagers going through life and provide a supportive, loving and understanding environment for them in the most important years of their growth and character development. We aim to provide mentors and a group of peers that they can share their thoughts and feelings without being judged or discriminated against. Our strategy to deal with the issues falls into different plans of actions as follows.
The cultural/or multi-cultural events and family gatherings offered by our organization is designed to fill the gap and establish new relationship and friendship ties for better understanding of the host society structure and smooth integration. These are elements for the inclusion of youth and their families and maintaining the mental health. ICTC is running gatherings in a safe and loving environment where our teens can easily, without any judgement, communicate with their peers, share their experiences and be able to learn new techniques to cope with the new environment. Another activity is running educational-academic sessions run for youth immigrants having difficulty in English or understanding of the school subjects and help them to figure out the subjects like Math, Physics, Chemistry and make smooth transition to the academic system. This program helps low income families to have access to private tutoring and prevent them from being isolated in school and encourage young people for more participation in school and plan for brighter future. Youth volunteers are selected for mentoring and tutoring in this program under supervision of university graduate experts.
ICTC has been successful in running different workshops such as painting, photography, and psychology letting youth to define and process the idea and proceed to implement the stages of the projects with supportive coaching mechanism. These workshops aim to develop the feeling of inclusion, volunteering skills, youth-led approach, team work, and creating new and healthy relationship. The psychology workshop approach helps youth and their family to find scientific and practical solutions to their problems raised through immigration and help them for better integration in the community.
We are committed to make sure that the opportunity of solving immigration complications that teens are facing is not fading away. We strongly believe that the responsibility of finding solutions lies with both government and non-for-profit organizations and the optimum results can only be achieved by bringing awareness to the issues and taking proper actions.