Immigrating to another country can be an exciting but challenging experience. More so for the youth that may not view or be prepared for the new possibilities and uncertainties the same way as adults. In order to adjust to their new surroundings and thrive, the young people require customized immigration and settlement support. The Youth Program by Next Stop Canada, a reputed pre-arrival settlement service, offers just that – online youth-specific services and resources.
The Next Stop Canada Youth Program
The program’s services are for those aged 12 to 19, currently outside of Canada, and preparing to move to this country. The idea is to make the youth feel at ease by answering any questions they might have as well as to let them know what resources are available once they land. Once registered, members have access to various online resources, be it e-learning courses, webinars, informational videos, youth podcasts, or blogs. They also receive a personalized settlement plan.
Newcomer youth mentors ready to guide
Guidance is key, especially for the youth’s settlement journey ahead. For instance, one of the big concerns that pre-arrival youth have before immigrating to Canada is how the education system works. Another one is about making new friends once they land. The Youth Program also includes a mentorship component. How does that work? It matches registered members with a newcomer youth mentor, who has been through the experience of immigrating to and settling in Canada. Next Stop Canada prides in having “mentors across Canada that speak many languages, ready to guide immigrant youth about the settlement process even before they get here.” Many see this relationship as the beginning of friendships through a safe online community and an opportunity to build a Canada-wide network.
Additionally, members of the Youth Program also develop leadership, language, communication, and research skills through a series of mentorship sessions and participation in the online youth services, which helps them transition to their new home.
This article is sponsored by Next Stop Canada. If you are a youth or parent preparing to move to Canada, get to know more about the Youth Program and register for it at www.nextstopcanada.ca to make the most of your settlement journey.