YMCA Newcomer Youth Pathway to Belonging Project

By Rochelle Benoit – December 16, 2016

Youth who feel connected to their community give back too.

When Ibtisam Saeed first landed in Canada eight years ago after leaving Saudi Arabia, her immediate reaction was, “This is a cold country!” But the cool, damp spring of Waterloo Region was the least of the 16-year-old’s worries.

“I wanted to make friends and fit in,” she says now.


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