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The Youth Leadership Development (YLD) Program gives youth ages 10-18 a chance to grow as individuals and learn what it means to be a leader in their community. Youth explore relevant issues in today’s society in a safe and fun environment while building positive relationships and preparing for their future. This program, hosted by the YMCA, is held at the SFU Surrey-TD CEC once per week on Thursday evenings and includes SFU student volunteers as youth leaders.

In partnership with the Friends of Simon Tutoring Project and the City Centre Library, The SFU Surrey CEC provides a no-cost tutoring outreach program targeted towards immigrant and refugee children in grades 5-9. This program is open to students who have immigrated to Canada, and to students who may have been born in Canada but whose parents/guardians have immigrated to Canada. 

The BAOBAB Pre-Employment workshops empower youth to seek, obtain and maintain employment. The workshops will cover topics such as skill identification and assessment, time management, networking, mock interview, financial literacy, writing the WAP statement, practice interview questions, resume, labour market information, career perspectives, and what employers are looking for in youth. The program will also include digital storytelling and cooking workshops to provide youth with practical skills.

The Surrey School District (C-SP), the SFU Surrey-TD CEC, and Blackwood Partners have teamed up to run a pilot project in Central City Mall. Modeled after existing Early Learning initiatives, this exciting initiative will bring C-SP’s programming out of the schools and into the public arena, reaching new families. Existing initiatives for pre-school aged children and their families are among those most sought after and they often operate at or over capacity. This early integration has allowed the identification and elimination of barriers that families face in their dealings with the education system.

On Halloween, the SFU Surrey - TD CEC invites local elementary schools to bring their students to “trick-or-treat” at decorated departments at the SFU Surrey campus. Current SFU Surrey students act as tour guides. This fun, interactive event introduces young children to a university setting while providing them the opportunity to take part in a traditional activity in a safe environment. We have over 300 students from k-7 participate with their teachers each fall.

Racing Readers is a program created in partnership with the Surrey School District and the SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre. This after-school program is designed to fill the need for an increased level of physical activity, literacy and numeracy skills among children in grades 3-5.

The SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre and Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver (BBGV) are partnering to offer the Mentoring with Math Program for children in Grades 1-7. The program aims to help elementary school students develop their math skills in a fun way using the JUMP Math program, and also to engage them in games, and activities. JUMP Math is a numeracy program that is dedicated to enhancing the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students and educators.

Media Minds is a program which provides team-based workshops that strive to help students integrate into and engage in their community. These workshops enhance their interpersonal and teamwork skills through the use of film education. Our objective is to give students a more effective transition into high school by empowering them to speak up, share their ideas and think creatively to overcome the barriers they face.

Surrey is a very culturally diverse city with 40% of the population foreign born, and receives more Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) than any other BC municipality. This rich diversity brings vibrancy and innovation to the City, however both newcomer and "receiving" communities in Surrey are experiencing challenges in adapting to new ways of being and living such a diverse city. 

The DIVERSEcity Youth Point Course is designed for youth between the ages of 13-18. The course provides training in essential development areas such as cross-cultural communication, resume building and interview skills, volunteer experience and leadership workshops, as well as recreational activities and field trips. Guest speakers and staff deliver interactive workshops geared towards the settlement needs of youth. Participants develop essential skills, gain knowledge of life in Canada, practice official languages skills, make friends, and gain knowledge of local resources for youth.

Surrey has a high population of youth. In fact, according to the SurreyCares Youth Vital Signs Report (2015), 22% of youth in Metro Vancouver live in Surrey, and more children and youth aged 10-24 live in Surrey than any city other than Vancouver. A young city brings many opportunities and challenges, and the Teen Philosophers’ Café’s are a safe space for youth to discuss these challenges and opportunities with other youth and adult allies. We hope to see you there!

The Teen Cafes will take place on one Thursday per month at the City Centre Library (room 402) during the regular Youth Leadership Development Program. All youth are welcome. Sessions will be co-moderated by youth and adults.