RCC works with young people across the Region of Waterloo including Rohingya and non-Rohingya. We use a variety of different youth work methodologies, supporting young people’s needs and involving them within their communities. RCC’s detached youth work involves teams who work in the Rohingya Centre and in local playgrounds to engage with young people from diverse communities. We work with them around personal and community issues helping them to identify what they need support with.
Personal issues might include their studies at colleges and universities, mentorship for their achievement to higher studies, mental health, school or college etc… Community issues include enabling young people to have a voice within their community, local volunteering opportunities and consulting them on agendas affecting them such as local park spaces, community facilities and activities.
RCC employment support provides newcomer youth with employment skills training, mentorship sessions, and job placements to foster learning about the labour market. Sessions are held both in one-on-one and group formats for youth aged 12-24.
A hangout place for youth in the centre. Everyone involved in this program can have the opportunity to spend time with their friends, meet new young people, play different kinds of knowledgeable games, or use the library or computer as a tool to study as they like. Our friendly and experienced youth coordinators at the centre direct the “Youth lounge” and can connect them to volunteer opportunities with different organizations in the Region of Waterloo, some youth-led community groups, and institutions if they wish to improve their skill and knowledge.
RCC’s Youth Team also supports young people by empowering them to plan and establish their own groups and projects, with the longer-term aim of these groups becoming self-supporting. These volunteering opportunities build young people’s confidence and skills and through this involvement they often become active in groups that benefit the whole community as they start to understand and be interested in the wider picture of the society of which they are a part.