Contest Rules and Details Our goal is to support business-minded youth who also are passionate about changing their communities. We will award three winners and provide each winner with a monetary gift. The winners will be selected based on the following criteria: originality, feasibility, and scope of social impact. You must be between the ages of 13-and 19 during the contest period. We will notify winners in May 2013 and you will be invited to receive your award at our Awards Ceremony. Contest ends March 18, 2018 11:59pm. What is Social Enterprise? Social enterprises are businesses that have a blended purpose of generating income and achieving social, cultural, and/or environmental aims. ResourcesSocial Enterprise Council of Canada: Toronto Enterprise Fund: Social Enterprise Fund: Examples of Social Enterprise: Bike Works in the UK: Food in Toronto: Out of This World Café: How to Apply Download the application and email it to

Literacy Challenge

Do you love to write? Enter the literature contest for a chance to have your piece awarded the literature piece of the year plaque. We will award various winners. There are two categories you can enter under; Category 1: Artistic The first is a call for an artistic written piece which can include: a song, a poem, lyrics, a rap, a jingle. Category 2: Short Answer The second category is a short written piece to respond to the following: What do you believe are the most pressing issues or challenges facing youth today and what are some of the opportunities? Rules The short written response should be a minimum of 2.5 pages (800 words min). We will not tolerate any use of profanity and or hate speech- any type of entry will be disqualified and further action may be taken. The piece must also be original and where you are using someone else’s work (whether a friend or another writer) please make sure to acknowledge it. WinnersWinners will be notified in mid-April and will receive an award recognizing their skill and ability. The winning pieces will be judged on originality, creativity and passion, and grammar. DeadlineThe deadline to enter is March 18, 2018. How to apply Please download the PDF Registration form and submit it with your piece to or fax it to us at 905-674-5931.

Markham Saturday School Outreach

MSSO was first piloted in the summer of 2012 with five schools in Markham South and had over 400 participating children (age 5 to 9) and youth (10 to 14). The MSSO project provides four options for enrolment: Sports Ball, Tuition, Recreational Yoga, and Mega Arts. Children and youth can choose to participate in a combination of two options or just once in the morning or the afternoon. Sports ball leverages Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) for both age groups by focusing on “FUNdamentals” and “Learning to Train.” A tuition is a tutoring option for children and youth who may need some extra help with some schoolwork or an upcoming test. Recreational Yoga serves as an introductory yoga class and is taught by a trained and certified instructor. Lastly, Mega Arts is an exploratory series of arts & crafts workshops. The following are the schools that will have our Saturday Outreach Program:
  • Armadale P.S
  • Cedarwood P.S
  • Markham Gateway
  • Coppard Glen
  • Ellen Fairclough
If you would like more details about these programs please feel free to surf each program's details or contact us.


Course Description York Region Youth Outreach Piano Lessons is a program dedicated to instructing children with basic theory and piano skills. The goal of this program is to instill a love of music in our participants that will be with them for a lifetime. Participants will be practicing songs and theory techniques on keyboards that we will provide. A qualified instructor with a strong music background will teach the lessons and ensure that participants are learning and having fun. Instructor’s Bio Chelson A. McDonald is Canadian-born. He has been playing the piano and engaged in the musical arts for over 7 years. Beginning in a small community-based church, Chelson’s expertise has led to his career being expanded locally as well as internationally. He possesses a strong understanding and appreciation for the introduction of musical arts to students who have the desire to learn. Chelson is proficient in a variety of genres such as classical, contemporary, and more. Chelson has experience with learning material of all levels including beginners, intermediate and advanced. His style is designed for students who are interested in playing for leisure, building a knowledge base, or pursuing a higher skill level worthy of note and performance. His approach is tailored to meet the needs of every individual. Chelson is enthusiastic to provide the necessary skill not only to learn the piano but also to excel at playing this instrument with refined grace and discipline that will inspire. BOOKING TIMES & LOCATIONS Please contact us at 905-695-1779 x221 for bookings and locations COST $20/half hour (10 lessons) $22/half hour (5 lessons) $23/half hour * (*Must be booked a week prior, requires 48-hour cancellation notice) *Family Discounts available* *Tax credit receipt available upon request

Performance Arts

This fun class is a great introduction to the magic of acting. The young actor explores acting through costumes, storytelling, animal exercises, fairy tales, and improvisation. This is a wonderful class to build the young actor’s self-esteem by helping them to trust their own unique imagination. Rising Stars: Ages 8-9 Students will develop a solid acting technique while having fun in the process. This course includes acting exercises, improvisation, storytelling, and place/imagination work. In doing so, they will develop self-confidence that will stay with them wherever they go. This program has 6 units pertaining to different acting techniques: improvisation, movement, voice, characterization, scriptwriting, and directing. Shining Stars: Ages 10-12 This acting class will allow our students to focus on the craft of acting as well as performance in a fun and creative environment. This program has 6 units pertaining to different acting techniques: improvisation, movement, voice, characterization, scriptwriting, and directing. At the end of the session, students will participate in a showcase, featuring dialogues and monologues that the students have been rehearsing. This showcase will be a wonderful opportunity for students to show what they’ve learned through the program. Each scene or one-act play will be chosen to best suit the talents of the student. More about the Rising and Shining Stars Units: Every week we will be focusing our attention on a unit pertaining to the craft of acting. Each unit will provide students with specific skills and will help them with their acting abilities as well as increase their self-esteem. All of these units build on one another and students will learn that skills learned in each unit will help them with the other units as well. A more informative look at each unit is as follows:


English Language Classes We offer full-time and part-time Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes, ranging from beginner to advanced levels, as well as specialized courses. Experienced and certified instructors deliver the classes, which are based on the LINC curriculum and each group's interests and needs. Classes include:
  • English communication skills developed through reading, speaking, listening, grammar, and writing exercises;
  • Field trips to historical, cultural, and educational places
  • Computer-assisted learning
Eligibility: LINC participants must be adult immigrants, convention refugees, or persons to whom Canada intends to grant permanent residence. Canadian citizens are not eligible. Before you start class, a qualified assessor will determine your eligibility and language level. We can make an appointment for your assessment at an approved site. Class Locations and Times are yet to be determined. Please check again soon.

Settlement Services

Settlement and Integration Program- a Canadian model of settlement and integration which aims to enable newcomers such as newly arrived immigrants, refugees, new Canadians, and live-in caregivers to adapt, settle and integrate into Canadian society socially, economically as quickly and comfortably as possible. Services include newcomer’s orientation and information, form filling assistance, assisted access to services and social support that focus on cross-cultural interpretation, family adjustment issues, settlement counseling (Guided Pathway), life skills workshops, and community connections that connect newcomers with community events, services, and institutions. The Settlements Services Program helps newcomers get started in their new surroundings in Ontario and successfully integrate into Canadian Society. Service Offerings
  • Newcomer Orientation and Information
  • Finding housing
  • Transportation
  • School information for children
  • Tax information and benefits
  • Learning how to find employment
  • Childcare resources and child tax benefits
  • Citizenship and immigration
  • Assistance with form filling, interpretation, or translation of:
  • Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • Canada Child Tax Benefits (CCTB)
  • Ontario Housing/Rental Assistance Program
  • Employment Insurance (EI)
  • Childcare subsidy
  • Immigration applications
  • GST/HST Credit application
One of the challenges faced by newcomers is adapting to Canadian culture. Homesickness, coping with a new environment, and dealing with community members from different ethnicities is just some of the hurdles new immigrants face as they adjust to their new life in Canada. YRYO Newcomer Resources provides support services to clients such as:
  • Cross-cultural orientation
  • Family adjustment issues
  • Significant life changes
  • Life Skills Workshops
Be armed with the basic tools and help ease your adjustment into the community. The YRO Newcomer Life Skills Workshops provide information that eases the integration of newcomers. Workshop topics include:
  • Community resources
  • Employment Standards and Labour Code
  • Immigration process and options
  • Legal rights
  • Parenting
  • Values and self-esteem
  • English communication skills
  • Basic computer courses
  • Preparing for citizenship
For more information about immigration and settlement in Ontario visit

Newcomer Access

YRYO is committed to helping immigrants from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds by providing timely social services, employment and economic support services, and training and education services. We especially assist those who are disadvantaged by barriers in language, employment, and social isolation. We work in cooperation with other community organizations in Ontario to meet the needs of clients. Newcomer Services Offer
  • Settlement Services: individual counseling, workshops, and referrals to other appropriate services and resources
  • English language (LINC and ELT) training programs
  • Career mentorship for Internationally Trained Individuals, through The Mentorship Partnership (TMP)