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Youth Programs

Empowering Students

Our mentoring programs for youth, supports marginalized, refugees and newcomer youth ranging from grades kindergarten through 12. It includes Homework Circle, Makerspace, School Readiness, Day on Campus and Literacy programs. The mentoring programs empower students for academic success and access to post-secondary education through problem solving, one on one mentoring and tutoring, and goal setting.

Homework Circle

The Homework Circle Program provides children and youth with mentoring and tutoring for academic success in preparation for a pathway to access post-secondary education.

This program is for participants who are struggling with their learning skills, work habits and language.  For example, receiving satisfactory or needs improvement in learning skills or “C’s” or “D’s” in language on their report cards.

In Ontario, the school system is the first and most significant point of contact for   newcomer youth. As an age appropriate education system where newcomer youth are placed in grades based on their age rather than academic ability, the classroom is an intimidating environment since many of them have had no access to school either in refugee camps, war torn countries or other impoverished communities of origin. As a result, many youth from newcomer, marginalized, immigrant and refugee communities are likely to drop out of school or struggle with not only academics, but social, emotional, and mental trauma.

The Homework Circle program is designed to support newcomer youth and their families in building self – confidence and school readiness for positive engagement in the education system.

Our staff and volunteers work as mentors in supporting youth to develop resilience and problem-solving skills as they engage with the education system.

This enables us to engage students in an asset-based environment through the development of academic literacy and community engagement as an overarching strategy for academic success.

Program Schedule (Elementary):
October 1, 2019 – June 16, 2020
Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Location: Immigrants Working Centre, 182 Rebecca Street, Hamilton, ON

Age of participants: 5 – 13

Cost: Free

Program Schedule (Highschool):
October 3, 2019 – June 17, 2020
Wednesday from 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Location: Empowerment Squared Office, 162 King William Street, Suite 103, Hamilton, ON

Age of participants: 14 – 18

Cost: Free

Registration is mandatory and there will be an intake process.  Participants are to bring their report card and health card (for emergency purposes) for the intake process.  On the days of the program, participants are to bring their homework.

Literacy

The Literacy Program provides children from grades kindergarten to grade 2 with the opportunity to develop reading strategies including: phonemic awareness, levelled reading, shared reading and targeted interactive writing exercises.

This program is for participants who are struggling with their learning skills, work habits and language.  For example, receiving satisfactory or needs improvement in learning skills or “C’s” or “D’s” in language on their report cards.

Research proves that youth who cannot read are more likely to be involved the criminal justice system as a result of their inability to access opportunities.

The Literacy Program is a key intervention to help youth fill in the literacy gaps and remove barriers to positive community engagement.

Many youth from newcomer, marginalized, immigrant and refugee communities struggle with developing literacy strategies since many parents are illiterate in their native language as well as English and do not have the means to help their children with basic literacy skills.

In the Literacy Program, our mentors work with youth to identify literacy goals and bridging academic gaps.

Program Schedule (Summer):
2020 dates to be announced
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Immigrants Working Centre, 182 Rebecca Street, Hamilton, ON

Age of participants: 4 – 10

Cost: Free

Registration is mandatory and there will be an intake process.  Participants are to bring their report card and health card (for emergency purposes) for the intake process.  On the days of the program, participants are to wear comfortable shoes and bring sunblock for any outdoor activities.

Makerspace

Providing children and youth with a collaborative environment to explore, learn and create.

Program Schedule:
To be announced

Location:

Age of participants:

Cost: Free

Registration is mandatory and there will be an intake process.  Participants are to bring their report card and health card (for emergency purposes) for the intake process.

Adult Programs

Empowering Adults

Empowerment Squared’s adult programs empower parents, caregivers and adult allies to support their children and be active participants in the educational journey.

Hamilton Educational Law Program

Hamilton Education Law Program (HELP) empowers students and families to meet challenges that one may encounter in the school system. HELP provides information and resources for navigating issues related to student discipline, special education, bullying & harassment, and the right to attend school.

Information Literacy

The program brings parents, children, caregivers and entire families together through the development of specific skills to build resilient families where children and youth feel supported. Program facilitators and mentors support the delivery of formal and informal skill development that help families communicate better with their children and become engaged within their community.

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