Year Round

Newcomer Youth Leadership Development Program (presented by YMCA)

The Newcomer Youth Leadership Development program is a free leadership-based settlement program for refugee claimant newcomer youth (ages 13 to 24).

We are currently offering virtual and in-person workshops! Come earn your volunteer hours, join a homework club, go on field trips to the city and participate in a variety of leadership opportunities. For more information contact: Salem Azizah at Salem.azizah@ymcagta.org


Year Round

Employment Centre Workshop and Information Sessions (Tropicana Community Services program)

A series of workshops and information sessions available to help with your job search and career development. Employment Center Calendar – Tropicana Community.


August – December

Black Youth Gathering (16 -29yrs) (organized by The 519 New to Canada Program)

A free forum that aims to empower LGBTQ2S Black youth (ages 16 to 29) to be part of a solution-driven process addressing societal issues. We work together to raise awareness of existing struggles, systemic barriers, and policies affecting Black youth, and develop youth-driven solutions to barriers and issues raised. At 7:00 PM on Aug 19, Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, and Dec 9.


Submissions close September 30

Photo Contest (hosted by Art and Creative Skills Collective)

Art and Creative Skills Collective is inviting photographers (ages 14-29) who are residents of Canada to participate in the photo contest for a chance to win amazing prizes! Closing date for submissions is September 30, 2021. The winners will be announced on October 4, 2021. Entry is free.


Applications close September 30

The What if Scholarship $3,000 (sponsored by Empathic Counselling Centre)

The What if Scholarship aims to help one woman, aged 17-24, answer their “what if” questions and inch forward towards their dream career, despite the obstacles that they face along the way. The chosen recipient will receive $3000 to be used towards what they define to be a “non-traditional” career choice. Applicants are invited to explain why they believe that their choice of career is “non-traditional”, the obstacles that they face (or will face) as a result of choosing this career, and why they chose to pursue it despite these hurdles. Applications close on September 30th, 2021.


September – December

Free Tech & Innovation Programs with Elevate Talent (presented by WMRCC)

The Customer Care & Sales in Tech course is a brand-new course providing essential knowledge related to sales and customer service in the tech and financial sectors. The program will teach learners sales tactics and objection handling techniques, power skills such as Effective Communication, Emotional Intelligence and Navigating Uncertainty and core digital skills training.

The Product Management course provides essential knowledge related to successful and strategic product management in any business. Learners will understand the importance of developing and combining expertise in business acumen, technology, and user experience to inform value-driven product development and management in organisations.

The Business Process Automation program will allow users to learn how to apply basic code to build new capabilities, create custom applications and forms and demonstrate functionality which will help to improve the efficiency of business processes. Participants will learn the basics of the various Microsoft Power Apps including Power Automate and Power BI. The objective of PowerApps is to enable business users to build new capabilities via apps, without requiring that they have detailed coding expertise.


Applications open for October 4 Start

Free Cloud Certification Program (presented by Youth Employment Services YES)

The YES 2 Tech Learn and Earn (Y2TLE) program will prepare you for a drastically shifting workforce. AWS re/Start teaches through real-world, scenario-based learning, labs, and coursework. Youth build Linux, Python, networking, security and relational database skills. Receive professional training to prepare for employer meetings and become equipped to pass the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification exam to gain the qualifications for entry level cloud positions.

Now Accepting Applications for the October 4 Cohort.


October 4 -29

Milestones to Employment for Newcomer Women (presented by Achēv)

Milestones to Employment is a research project which supports visible minority newcomer women (VMNW), offers entry-level career opportunities in Senior Care. Clients will be placed in paid work-placements following the completion of virtual 4-week training.


October 18

Fall 2021 Kitchen Masters Program (presented by CEE Centre For Young Black Professionals)

The Kitchen Masters Program ran by CEE Centre For Young Black Professionals in partnership with the City of Toronto and Nestle Canada, is a 16-week comprehensive training program that offers Black youth between the ages of 18 to 30 years old direct access into the culinary space. The 16-week program includes 12 weeks of soft-skill and technical training; and a 4-week internship/placement opportunity. Eligible youth will participate in cooking challenges, one on one coaching sessions, and industry exposure trips; youth participants will obtain culinary certification through industry-direct training. Program participants will receive exclusive access to Nestle’s Young Culinary Talents (YOCUTA) program. Estimated Program Start Date: October 18, 2021.

Please note: Program start dates are subject to change.


September – November

Free Online Peer Support and Mental Wellness Group (presented by Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Centre)

The group workshop combines conventional therapeutic techniques, with concepts from queer theory, critical race, and Mad studies, to facilitate wellness and peer support for 2SLGBTQ+ BIPOC. TOPICS include: Unpacking mainstream ‘mental health’, Do I need to be ‘happy’, Race, gender, sexuality: histories & presents, Engaging with identity, Rewriting our ‘stories’, Valuing (and managing) our emotions, Accepting the unacceptable, The joys of living in the margins.

September-November 2021.
Now Accepting Applications for the October 4 Cohort.
Register By Emailing vawcounselling@riverdalehub.ca


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