Contemporary Realities of Youth
Second-generation immigrant youth and newcomer youth face different challenges in reality.
Second-generation youth are Canadian children of immigrant parents. This population is considered a successful group that will outperform other generational groups. However, second-generation youth may struggle to find their sense of belonging to Canada and shape their identities (Wilkinson, 2018). OneHub Growth addresses their challenges by supporting the development of second-generation youth with immigrant backgrounds.
Newcomer youth’s social integration and economic well-being can predict their participation in the Canadian labour market (Anucha et al., 2017). When finding employment, barriers newcomer youth face may relate to educational outcomes, bridging networks, English language proficiency, cultural adaptation, and work experiences in Canada and their home countries. Our organization acknowledges these challenges and allows all young immigrants & Canadians to thrive using their potential.
To empower newcomer youth and second-generation youth, we use strengths-based perspectives and systems theory to explore the following areas:
- Learn interdisciplinary knowledge
- Identify needs & set goals
- Find personal identities
- Recognize strengths & eliminate barriers
- Promote positive development
- Build developmental relations
- Explore career and occupations
- Build professional network
Youth-led Program: You(th) Got This!
Anucha, U., Bernard, M., & Anucha, A. (2017). The well-being of youth from immigrant and refugee families. In M. C. Yan, & U. Anucha (Eds.), Working with Immigrants and refugees: Issues, theories, and approaches for social work and human service practice (pp. 244-266). Toronto, ON: Oxford University Press.
Wilkinson, L. (2018). Second-generation immigrant youth and their sense of belonging to Canada. In S. Wilson-Forsberg & A. M. Robinson (Eds.), Immigrant youth in Canada: Theoretical approaches, practical issues, and professional perspectives (pp. 69-82). Oxford University Press.