Newcomer Youth/Youth Drop In Program

Contact Information:

Carolina Meneses, Newcomer Youth/Youth Drop-In Coordinator

Facebook: Spence Merc


SNA Newcomer Youth/Youth Drop In Program is open to anyone ages 12-18.  New youth are welcome anytime!  The Newcomer Youth/Youth Drop In Program runs out of the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre (MERC) located at 430 Langside Street – Monday to Friday, 6:30 pm-9 pm.  A full healthy meal is served every evening and a safe ride home or bus tickets are provided at the end of every night.  Outings or activities are planned every evening and youth have the option of coming and just hanging out with staff, being creative with crafts, or using the gym.  Activities and outings include going to the beach, sports, games, movies, skating, cooking class, bowling, roller skating, and many more!  All of these activities are free to registered youth.

Supports for Newcomer Youth:

The Newcomer Youth/Youth Drop In Program at Spence Neighbourhood Association was put together due to a need to connect the growing number of newcomers that are settling in the West Central community to educational, recreational, and cultural resources. The program runs 5 days a week from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm for children 12 to 18 years of age.

Our goal is to support newcomer youth and families in connecting them to resources that will fulfill their needs and support the settlement process. The program also aims to extend support and mentorship to the larger community which includes other newcomer serving agencies.

The Newcomer Youth/Youth Drop in Program networks with other newcomer serving agencies to provide services for newcomer youth and their families such as:
NEEDS Inc., IRCOM, City Church, NISW, NOWAN, Klinic, New Journey Housing, local schools, Global Welcome Centre, Welcome Place, the Aurora Family Centre, SERC and West End Women’s Center.

Newcomer Youth/Youth Drop In Program is delivering cultural meal kits to its participants!
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For Educational Programming:

  • Peace building, health & sexuality, and creating a safe place workshops etc.
  • First Jobs for Youth & Junior Staff (employment opportunities)
  • Homework support
  • For Recreational Programming:
  • Outings (swimming at the beach, movies, Go Karts etc)
  • Basketball, wheelchair sports, soccer and hockey at the MERC, as well as other sport and sport development programming.
  • Sporting events such as Jets, Bomber, Goldeyes games

For Cultural Programming:

  • Cultural outing such as Folklorama, Fringe festivals, Festival du voyageur, Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, African Dance Night and Aboriginal Concerts
  • Hip hop, African Drumming, Cultural Cooking with youth workshops
  • Joint Programming with Newcomer Agencies

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Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre (MERC) – 430 Langside Street – Winnipeg, Manitoba – R3B 2T5

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