New Youth

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Organization: OCASI
Contact: jsahak@ocasi.org
Started in: 2008



Summary

NewYouth.ca provides accurate, timely and youth-friendly information and resources while establishing an online community. NewYouth.ca was created in response to focus groups held by OCASI, showing that newcomer youth weren't accessing settlement services. The aim of the site was to bring settlement information directly to young newcomers using a variety of channels. By utilizing content that was written in clear and appropriate language, multimedia technology, and online social media tools, NewYouth.ca aims to enhance the accessibility of settlement services for newcomer youth while at the same time providing them with a venue to ask questions and receive accurate information and referral from qualified peers and professionals.

Website Features

The website is divided into several major sections: school, work, immigration, law, health and daily life. The site includes research articles addressing the needs and demands of newcomer youth which users of the site can ask questions and make comments about. The NewYouth.ca website also posts videos, event listings and has a link to the project twitter feed.

URL

The website's URL is http://www.newyouth.ca

Site Management and Funder

The NewYouth.ca website is managed by OCASI and funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

Social Media

As with all social service users, it is often best to approach audiences where they are already choosing to congregate and where they feel comfortable. Youth in immigrant and refugee communities are highly comfortable with internet communications technologies and utilize them regularly and with great ease. For this reason, a more concentrated effort was made to utilize online social media tools to connect with newcomer youth. OCASI has a Twitter account (@newcomeryouth), facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/newcomeryouth ) and youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/newcomeryouth) for the NewYouth project with the purpose of further engaging this audience.

Newsletter

NewYouth.ca distributes a bi-weekly newsletter with events and news of interest to youth. Interested parties can sign up for the newsletter at http://www.newyouth.ca.

Archived Newsletters

Past editions of newsletters can be found at http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=a5cd17929ceb10396cea60f6a&id=f28075c464

Agency Demonstrations

OCASI provides agencies in the sector with in-person demonstrations of the NewYouth.ca Website. Agencies who are interested in learning more about the NewYouth.ca site are welcome to request a demonstration at their agency by sending a message to jsahak@ocasi.org.

Project Statistics

  • 80,013 site visits (from April 2, 2011 to Feb 29th, 2012)
  • 825 twitter followers (as of November 2012)
  • Newsletter distributed to 3166 subscribers (as of November 2012)

Contact Person

For more information on the site, please contact:

Jai Sahak
Content Coordinator, NewYouth.ca,
tel 416-322-4950 ext. 255,
email jsahak@ocasi.org

See also: Networks for Newcomer Youth