The Somali Canadian Youth Centre (SCYC) provides advocacy, educational programs, leadership training, social services and broad supports that are culturally sensitive to youth and their families in the Ottawa area.
Our services include simple basics such as emergency transportation (to hospitals, courts, other institutions), caring advice to parents and youth in crisis, and attendance with parties in court, in hospital, and at hearings of various kinds.
We provide support with affidavits, correspondence, and other documentation, translation, logistical support for parents, networking through the various social services and legal offices seeking answers, connecting with law firms, fundraising for retainers, and attending at political offices to request help or guidance for such individuals in need.
The subject matter included is family law, immigration, health care, employment, criminal justice and more.
The SCYC responds to community needs by bringing together members of the public on issues of concern. We do this to generate debate, share information, match guest presenters with the needs of the community and generate outcomes. There have been several Townhalls held in the past years.
We are planning an upcoming Townhall Meeting on a foundational issue for the Somali-Canadian community in Ottawa, and will be reaching out to youth to invite them to inform and grow the issue at hand. This meeting will be held February 27. Details circulated by flyer.
The Next Generation: Leadership Speaker Series (TNG) is a successful pilot project begun in 2014 to develop, inspire and motivate young adults with exceptional promise to learn from leaders in Ottawa who have a message to share. These Speakers meet with student candidates at a series of evening sessions to tell their personal stories and answer questions. Our exceptional Speakers in the past have included Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, Police Superintendent Dan Delaney, all the candidates from the provincial election, Carl Nicholson, and Dr. Caroline Andrew. Each student participant receives a leadership certificate issued by the Somali Canadian Youth Centre, upon completion of the series.
TNG Leadership Speaker Series is offered bi-annually in the fall and spring terms, subject to funding. Contact us if you would like to apply to attend the next session, so that we can send you the start date and program.
We are a flexible organization finding our unique niche amongst an integrated network of partners in Ottawa. To encompass the largest group of people, the SCYC includes individuals from 8 years to 30 years of age as "youth". This has enabled us to provide such varied things as T-shirts and other support to an after school basketball team, political debate practice for very young boys and girls under 10 years of age, workshops on leadership to teens, and personal visits to men in their twenties in provincial jail. The SCYC has responded to an Ottawa Police Services call for potential recruits from the Somali-Canadian community by referring a dozen candidates for the interview and information session. The range of support we provide is wide, as it changes to accommodate community need, our skills, and our resources.