About IYC

The Immigrant Youth Centre (IYC) is part of Centre for Immigrant and Community Services (CICS), located in Markham (Hwy 7 E. & McCowan Road). It is fully funded by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada. It opened in fall 2009 with a goal to reach out and provide a vast range of programs and services aimed at supporting newcomer youth of York Region in adjusting and settling into their new lives in Canada.

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We welcome all newcomer youth ages 13-24 to visit us and make use of our services. At the CICS Immigrant Youth Centre (IYC), newcomer youth can find resources, different programs and volunteer opportunities that can help them grow with us.

Please come and make use of our facilities which include:

  • Drop-in lounge – Foosball Table, Air Hockey Table, Table Tennis, Board Games, Nintendo Wii, Rock Band and much more.

  • Computer lab

  • Audio/Visual Studio

  • Multipurpose Room for workshops and seminars

  • Full Kitchen

  • Job Board

Mission Statement

Enhancing immigrant youths' sense of community that is youth-led, youth-centered and youth-developed in an inclusive, supportive and diverse environment.

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Goals

  • To encourage youth to maintain their cultural roots while adjusting to Canada

  • To encourage youth leadership and self-expression

  • To encourage youth to feel good about themselves and reach for their dreams

  • To build youth self-esteem and confidence

  • To create strong, healthy and respectful friendships

  • To enhance self-care and personal development through fun and innovative activities

 
 

Our Funder

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Immigrant Youth Centre (IYC) receives funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) through various youth related programs and services.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) facilitates the arrival of immigrants, provides protection to refugees, offers programming to help newcomers settle in Canada, grants citizenship, and issues travel documents (such as passports) to Canadians.