Healthy Children & Youth

AHC has two programs helping to serve local youth in the community.

New Immigrants and Refugee Youth Day Camps
Program Description

The New Immigrant and Refugee Youth Camp program offers diverse opportunities for newcomer children & Youth in Edmonton. Youth are engaged with fun and educational activities in various themes, which are designed to enhance their academic achievement, develop personal and social skills, build resilience, develop a healthy lifestyle, increase community connection and foster cross- cultural interaction and friendship. All this interactive learning is intended to help new immigrant youth to begin to root themselves into the Canadian society have a strong foundation to build their life journey in their newly adapted home.

This program is offered at 15 schools partner schools across Edmonton once a week. The students attending those partner schools can participate in this program, through referral by the school teachers.

This program is offered with NO COST for new immigrant youth. (Permanent residence status or Refugee claimants, Proof of the immigration status is required when registering.)

Programs

In school group activities:

AHC offers group activities to ESL students throughout the school year at the partner schools. Program activities are part of an English Language Learners (ELL) class during the school hour.

Program components are:

  • Group activities facilitated by program staff or guests
  • Fieldtrips
  • Practicing English
  • Leadership training

Program themes include:

  • Life management skills
  • Personal skills
  • Community Awareness/connection
  • Education/Career planning
  • Sports and outdoor activities
  • Healthy living
  • Arts and Crafts

Programs Offered:

Summer Camps
  1. AHC ELL Summer credit school – 5 high school credit:

AHC offers Summer Day Camps in partnership with Metro Continuing Education Summer School Programs and Edmonton high schools each year during the summer break in July. The program engages newcomer high school youth in a 3-4 week long day camps and participants earn up to 5 high school credits towards their high school diploma. Summer Camp activities are designed around high school credit courses and the program is open to newcomer youth going into Grades 10, 11 and 12 in the following school year.

  • Youth learn about Canada, leadership skills, and healthy living.
  • Curriculum and the lessons are geared to engage low-level English learners, using hands-on activities.
  •  Certified teachers and youth support staff provide intensive support to youth throughout the program so they can successfully earn 5 credits.

There are 4 Edmonton Public School sites and 4 Edmonton Catholic School Sites.

 

     2.  Elementary/ Junior high school aged summer camps:

Each year, we run summer camps for Elementary/ Junior high school-aged children and youth at various locations.

More information about the Dates, locations and registration for this year will be coming around in April.

Spring Break Camps

1. AHC ELL Spring credit school – 1 high school credit

AHC Spring Break Camp runs during the week-long spring break in March. The program is offered in partnership with Metro Continuing Education each year to support settlement and integration for newcomer high school youth. Newcomer youth participating in the spring break camp come from various high schools in Edmonton and the program offers great opportunities for the youth to interact and share their experience. The activities are designed around a high school curriculum course and students will earn high school credits for their high school diploma.

Location: Metro Continuing Education

For registration: Please contact AHC. Mustafa.zahid@a4hc.ca or 780-944-4687 ext.222

  1. Elementary/ Junior high school aged Spring camp
Each year, we run spring camps for Elementary/ Junior high school aged children and youth at various locations.
More information about the locations, programs and registration for this year will be coming around in February.

For registration: Please contact AHC. Mustafa.zahid@a4hc.ca or 780-944-4687 ext.222

Registration starts in January.

Afterschool program

AHC run after-school activities at Elementary schools and Junior high schools for provide extracurricular activities to children of New immigrant families who are limited to opportunities due to the various barriers. The activities are based around Canadian culture, Healthy living activities, improving their self-confidence and coping skills. Similar to other youth camp programs, after-school programs use similar approaches to make the program fun using hands-on experiences for students, so youth can learn while they are having fun and improve their capacities.

Leader in Youth

A leadership training program for new immigrant and refugee youth between the ages of 16-24. The program will consist of 12 group sessions such as team building, critical thinking, presentation skills, project planning, etc. Upon completion of the 12 modules, youth will receive an AHC Youth Leader certificate.

Cost: Free!

When: Every Saturday from 10:00-1:00 PM

Where: Action for Healthy Communities

#200, 10578-113 Street NW

Edmonton, AB T5H 3H5

For registration, please contact: Basem Alrahim, (780) 944-4687 Ext.232; Email: basem.alrahim@a4hc.ca

Youth Theatre Club

For registration, please contact: Basem Alrahim, (780) 944-4687 Ext.232; Email: basem.alrahim@a4hc.ca

 

Youth Basketball Club

 

 

Youth Soccer Club

 

For registration, please contact: Basem Alrahim, (780) 944-4687 Ext.232; Email: basem.alrahim@a4hc.ca

Youth Talk Club

For registration, please contact: Basem Alrahim, (780) 944-4687 Ext.232; Email: basem.alrahim@a4hc.ca

The Learning Table

 

The Learning Table is an after-school program for new immigrants and refugees in junior high and high school who can benefit from extra support with their schoolwork. The Learning Table provides students an opportunity to boost their academic and study skills, as well as enhance their learning skills. The Learning Table also offers a reading club where youth can develop advanced reading, writing, and listening skills in a positive environment.

Cost: Free!

When: Every Thursday from 5:00-6:00 PM

Where:
Castle Downs Public Library 
15379 Castle Downs Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T5X 3Y7
Time : every Thursday from 5.30 to 6.30 pm.

For registration, please contact: Basem Alrahim, (780) 944-4687 Ext.232; Email: basem.alrahim@a4hc.ca

Youth Ready to Work

This program will offer different workshops for new immigrant and refugee youth between the ages of 14-24, in order to enhance their employment readiness skills, which will open up their opportunities and propel them on a pathway to success. A few of the workshops offered will include, job search, writing a resume, and preparing for an interview.

From June 3 until July 15  every Saturday from 2-4 pm we will start online course in Child Care!

This course is provided by Alberta Health Services with the support of AHC’s youth facilitators! 

Course duration:  6 sessions

The students that pass the test will be award an Alberta health Services Child Care Course Certificate (valid for three years).
Cost: Free!

When: Every Saturday from 2:00-4:00 PM

Where: Action for Healthy Communities

#200, 10578-113 Street NW

Edmonton, AB T5H 3H5

For registration, please contact: Basem Alrahim, (780) 944-4687 Ext.232; Email: basem.alrahim@a4hc.ca

Contact/More Information
For partnerships, please contact Program Manager: sherry.park@a4hc.ca
To register for summer/spring camp program or any other inquiries: Project/Site Coordinator: mustafa.zahid@a4hc.ca
To register for Youth Club activities: basem.alrahim@a4hc.ca
To register for Leader in Youth, The Learning Table, or Youth Ready to Work programs: basem.alrahim@a4hc.ca 
Healthy Active Community Kids (HACK) Program

Program Description

The Healthy Active Community Kids (HACK) program aims at providing a safe and enriching environment for grades K-6 to improve physical, social, emotional health, culinary arts and crafts, music, leadership skills, school engagement, etc.   to vulnerable elementary school children in west Edmonton schools. The program is designed to offer quality, child development, and fun-filled activities during the after-school time.

Program Activities

The program aims to provide a safe and enriching environment to improve physical, mental, emotional, and social wellness activities to vulnerable elementary school students. The program also includes outreach and support to parents/guardians in addressing needs at home that affect their children’s development, thus program staff and parents/guardians work in collaboration to deal with, or prevent, issues related to bullying, self-esteem, and nutrition. In this way, the program involves a system-based approach to the students’ well-being.

Main activities of this program have been developed and conducted around following themes:

Learning Themes:
1.Leadership Building
2.Community Development
3. Anti-Bullying
4. Self-awareness
5. Healthy Life Style
6. Mental Health
7. Caring
8. Safety
9. Respect
10.Relationship Building
11. Multiculturalism
12.Conflict Resolution and Positive outlook

 

Activities:

  • Free Play Stations
  • Team Building Activities
  • Physical Activities
  • Culinary Arts
  • Science
  • Music movement
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Mathematical/ Analytical skills
  • Language literacy
  • Songs/chants
Events/Workshops
Workshops by guest facilitators
Once a month guest facilitator(s) perform(s) sessions on healthy living
Camps 
Fun filled camps take place during school holidays. Children will be cooking, learning new skills from variety of guest facilitators about healthy living, social-emotional development and community development etc.
Sessions for parents
A series of sessions on the requested topics from parents one per term. For example healthy living, positive parenting etc.
Celebration of learning
Parents, school management, children and staff will gather to celebrate the achievement of children throughout the term
Contact/More Information

For more information on this program email Elly Graff: elly.graff@a4hc.ca