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Conversation Circle: Join the Conversation

Conversation Circle is designed to introduce newcomer youth to mentors who have a caring, flexible attitude and an interest in mentoring  children and youth who are new to Canada.  Funded through Ontario Trillium Foundation, this mentoring program helps children and youth build connections, learn about the community they live in as well as Canada and work towards the goal of increasing self esteem and social integration.  

Program staff in conjunction with mentors will carry out 1 hour sessions which mirror the school year.  Mentoring sessions will be compromised of a variety of activities led by the needs of youth.  Each session will include a healthy snack, structured group activity and informal time where youth and mentors can build their relationships through games, conversation, projects, shared experiences and field trips.


The program strives to do the following:


  • Practice English language skills in a safe, encouraging environment
  • Build the self esteem of newcomer youth through a mentoring relationship with a Canadian mentor
  • Opportunity of social integration and friendship with Canadian youth
  • Ease the transition to school through shared experiences
  • Strengthen presentation skills in small teams
  • homework help
  • Have fun

Big Brothers Big Sisters of York recognizes Ontario Trillium Grant