This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
A few years ago when I came to Canada, I couldn’t find much about youth by youth from a youth perspective. As I grew, I felt there was a need for a theme that would lead the newcomers –‘youth immigrants’ like myself, in a positive direction. Therefore, I have decided to start a “Welcome Club” for new young immigrants whether they are, elementary, middle or high school students so that they can understand the Canadian educational system as well as enjoy the school’s social life. While they meet the expectations of their respective teachers, this club will be a great help for new members to our country. To answer this need, myself, an 8th grader at Stewarttown Middle School in Georgetown, founded a club called, ‘PEACE Welcome Club’ on February 29th, this year.
The aim of the “PEACE Welcome Club” is to provide an opportunity for new young immigrants to understand their new school environment and to celebrate the Canadian way of life and friendship. Being a young immigrant myself, I will share my experiences and it would be great to hear from others who are living a similar situation.
I am passionate about volunteering and the thing that I enjoy the most is give back to the community! The communities of Halton, Peel and the GTA are well known to me. I enjoy volunteering and I’ve been told my efforts are inspiring to others to also volunteer at community events. I am currently a member of the Volunteer Halton Youth Advisory Council and their ‘Change The World’ campaign.
Through this club, I would like to contribute to the community and let others know that volunteering can be an excellent way to adapt to local culture while contributing to society and having fun.
I am sure the “PEACE Welcome Club” will also help young people keep their values. But I think it is very important that they 'understand the Canadian landscape not in a superficial way but in a real way'… so they can keep what is good and change what is not.
If you are a new immigrant student and this club appeals to you, please feel free to contact me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade 8 student
Stewarttown Middle School