Since 1992 the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth has identified newcomer children and youth as requiring specific support to meet settlement and integration needs. Newcomer children and youth are entering the settlement process at a time when their emotional and physical development is already in upheaval. Language barriers, racism, balancing cultural identities, parental conflict, academic challenges, isolation and shifting familial roles are compounded by occurring at a point in time when their sense of identity, relationships with others and view of the world are being formed in the most basic
ways.

School Settlement Program

The YMCA School Settlement Staff works on site in 34 schools in HRM and 20 schools across the province with the objective of supporting newcomer parents and children to be actively engaged in new school communities.

  • On-site School Settlement Workers
  • Orientation Sessions
  • Home & School Engagement
  • Awareness Raising Presentations
  • Linking and referral to school and community resources
  • Supporting involvement in school based activities
  • (clubs, meetings, events)