Newcomer Youth Leadership Development
Two months, eleven days and twelve hours
By Mcah Jreh D. Dizon
Two months, eleven days and twelve hours ago, my brother, my dad
and I arrived here in Canada. I came here with a body tired enough to be
dragged home and with a pout that nothing could remove. Obviously, it
wasn’t my decision to come here; they didn’t even ask me if I wanted to.
At first, I was so mad at them for bringing me here. I could not say that our life there in my country was
any better than our life here but there, I have friends, they know me for things that I have done, they know me.
At that time, moving here was like being robbed of everything you had and starting all over again. Back in
the Philippines, I never felt alone, and never did I feel that I was different or unwanted. There, no matter where I
go, I know somebody, not like here where I had nothing at all.
I went to the YMCA to accompany my dad and to look for a summer job when the lady at reception told
me that they had summer activities for newcomers like me. So we inquired about these summer activities and they
told me to go to another office.
There we met Andrew Kowalchuk. He turned out to be our advisor. A strict‐looking‐yet‐funny kind of
person. He encouraged us to socialize with others, especially with those who are not of our same race. This program
helped me to be once again myself. Through these activities, I was able to realize that I would be able to live a life
far better than the life I used to have because even though I am away from my friends and loved ones, I can still
depend on them to be my anchor when bad times come. I learned that friends can come in different shapes, sizes
and even color.
By VJ Maupoy, Roberto Kindipan, Marc Angelo
The most awaited event the YMCA
team anticipated was the soccer tournament.
The league was attended by different
organizations in the Greater Toronto Area. The
players were incredibly excited to play and win
the tournament. In the first game there were
many people, both players and fans. The other
members of the YMCA who did not join the
soccer team cheered for the Y‐Not’s.
Before the game started, we were very
excited to play and trained very hard. Some
players had just joined the soccer league, while We went home with our first win and first
others were veterans. When the game started lose, but we were not to look at the past. Rather, we
we were very confident and had a lot of people looked forward to the next day’s game. On the second
cheering for us. We – the Y‐Not’s – worked day our third game was a do‐or‐die match. If we were
hard, scored the first goal, and we won our first to lose our third game we were to be excluded out of
game! We were very happy as a consequence the tournament. Unfortunately, we did. But for us, our
of our victory and broke into having our lunch. defeat is not important: what’s important is that we
After lunch we practiced immediately! The did our best, enjoyed bonding moments and made
second game was very tough for us and it was a friends. After our game we gathered into a circle and
close fight. We lost and had our first defeat of made the loudest “Y‐not” cheer ever! We went home
the tournament. We were all disappointed as losers – but we were the happiest losers!
because of our defeat.
Volunteering at Rouge Park by Emily Han
On July 28, 2010 the Scarborough Newcomer Youth Leadership Group travelled to Rouge
Park to help install blue bird boxes for the east blue birds that live in Rouge Park.
Approximately 20 people came to help; we were divided into several teams. Installing
the boxes may sound easy, but actually it involved many steps and group coordination
to get the job done. First several people had to measure the distance for where to install
the boxes. This involved treading in the wild glasses to get to the location. Then, we had
people who brought the post and box to the location. Believe it, it was not a short
distance. Next we had to make sure that the boxes were facing the right direction so
that the home for the birds wouldn’t get overheated by sunlight. The guys in our group
had to lift a very heavy pounder to stabilize the post in the ground. And we couldn’t do it
without the screwing crew who installed the box on the post with screws and wings. At
last, it was the GPS team who recorded down the coordinates of each box so that the
locations of the boxes were clear. All in all, it was not easy work! Everyone had to tread
through the thick masses of wild glass for several hours and under the relentless heat of
the sun. But we were glad to help the blue birds find homes.
We went on a hike in the afternoon, with bottles of water ready at hand. It was a
wonderful trip to the forest of Rouge Park because we had a chance to witness the
different vegetation and plants as we traveled around. It was amazing that the
trees and plants started to change as we travelled forward. There were coniferous
and deciduous trees just opposite of the trail. And we even saw poisonous ivy.
Different plants were able to grow there because of sunlight, water, temperature
and other various factors. We learned a lot about the environment that’s around us
and a lot of names too. Even though we were all tired, we really had fun looking
and experiencing the different plant life in the park!
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JOSHUA GARCIA: A FICTIONAL BUT REAL IMMIGRANT STORY
By Georgina, Gloria, Paolo, Mert
My name is Joshua Garcia. I’m a My new school is different from the
fourteen year old boy from Spain. On
My name other one I went to. There are
is of July, I immigrated to different rules and regulations. There
Canada, to live in Toronto with my
Garcia. are different people, and different
parents. Back a Spain, I used to live
I’m cultures. At first I was nervous to
in a village with a population of three
fourteen talk to people because my English
hundred people but where I live now
year old wasn’t fluent but as time went by, I
are more than three million
there boy from met other people from different
people. My new house is different countries, and they told me about
from0 the one I used to live in: there their experiences and I realized I’m
are beautiful lights on the ceiling, not the only one who’s English is not
there’s a living room, a bathroom and fluent. So I didn’t feel shy to talk to
a bedroom but in Spain, my house them because I knew we were all
only had a bedroom with no the same and I knew they wouldn’t
electricity. My parents and I had to make fun of me when I talked. So
use a torch light. Our bathroom wasn’t far I’ve improved on my grades but
as beautiful as the new one. The new what I also want is to make new
one is built out of cement but the old friends so I can learn about and from
one was built out of wood. Next different people. And I want to speak
month, I’m supposed to attend a new English fluently. If these things all
school where I have to make new come true, it’ll be easy to live in
friends and I know it will be easy Toronto.
because I heard it’s multicultural. But after all, it was a good day to
start at a new school.
A Day to Remember by Gloria Owusu PAGE 5
July 22nd, 2010, beach day! At 12pm we all met at the
North York YMCA building. We took the subway to
downtown Toronto and met up with all the NYLC
participants from the Downtown NYLC. Together, we all
went to Woodbine beach where we met Joseph, a
dancer. He taught as a South African dance. But first he
explained to us that this particular dance was from a
long time ago when slaves from South Africa weren’t
allowed to talk to each other, so they used these dance
moves to communicate.
Joseph wasn’t the only person we met that day. We met
Rob Christian. He is a jazz musician. He plays the
saxophone, flute and other musical instruments. He
played the saxophone for us, and it was amazing. There
was a jazz festival that evening and Rob told us that he
and his band will perform. And we knew there was no
way we would be missing that.
Finally we headed down to the beach. The temperature
was perfect. We played beach volleyball, others went to
explore the beach, others went swimming and the rest
got dance lessons from Joseph.
After the lessons, we split up into two groups and performed for each other. It was really cool. Night
finally came and we all headed down the street to see the jazz festival. We saw a couple of different
performances and of course Rob and his band. When it was getting dark, we decided to go home.
We didn’t stay for the whole performance but after all, it was a day to remember.
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Summer Fun, the YMCA Way! PAGE 6
By: Sanobar, Christine & Tanea
The YMCA is not just about having fun, it’s also about honing
The YMCA is the right place for the newcomers. Every one’s leadership skills. On July 27th we gathered at the YMCA
summer, they come up with various activities that help to plan a food drive for the North York Harvest Food Bank.
newcomer youth explore the different attractions of the city. Some made posters about hunger, and the others went to the
To start it off, last July 13th we went to visit the prestigious nearby offices to give out letters for food solicitation. We were
University of Toronto. There, we were shown different touched by Shawn’s story about how a child can make a big
buildings and structures. Pictures of famous people could be impact with a food drive just by asking for donations from
found inside each building as these depict historical events. friends, neighbours, and family. Truly, big things start with small
Moreover, we found out that some films were shot inside this things.
university, like Mean Girls and Time Traveler’s Wife. We also
got to visit the John P. Robarts library which houses more Our next visit was to Center Island. We had a lady captain tell
than 4.8 million books, making it one of the largest libraries in us about the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, and some facts about
Toronto. the area. The tour was just as fun and exciting as what we
thought it would be! Upon arriving on the island, we had lunch,
and then some fed the ducks, played volleyball and Frisbee.
The best part of it all was that we got to see the beautiful
Toronto skyline which is a tourist favourite.
They say all good things come to an end. Summer is almost
over, and so is the summer program. But the laughter shared,
the friendships built and the happy memories that come with it
will surely be remembered. ‘Til next summer, guys.
Let’s go Y-Nots, Let’s GO!!!!
On July 14th we got to watch Toronto Argonauts game
(Professional Canadian Football) at the Rogers Centre. SUDOKU
Many YMCA youth were there together with their parents to solution
show some support for the players. The next day, on the
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Dundas Square, where there were live bands playing at the
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Phillips Square where we took some photos. We then went 1 9 5 6 7 2 4 8 3
to have our lunch together at the Eaton Centre. After the
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Allan Gardens, where we played different fun games. Our 2 5 8 3 4 6 7 9 1
next fun day which was on the 23rd was spent at the
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awesome beach. What a breathtaking view! We had an
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Library and then after lunch we left to see the Beaches
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