The Regina Open Door Society Youth Program assists newcomer youths in becoming familiar with their community and establish strong supportive social networks through its various programs that empower the youth with knowledge and skills that are essential for them to become thriving and contributing members of the community.
It is committed to provide quality programs and services to newcomer youth in order for them to successfully integrate into the community. It includes community connections activities, information and orientations, life skills education, cross-cultural workshops, leadership programs, sports and recreation, community referrals as well as volunteer opportunities.
Activities and Services
EAL Support Group and Conversation Circles
The EAL Support Group also known as the Homework Help Club provides opportunities for newcomer youth to enhance their academic performance, English communication skills and build social networks through one-on-one tutorials and mentorships they receive from competent volunteers and conversation circles. This program runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 5pm to 7pm at the Regina Open Door Society. It runs during the school year starting in September and ending in June. To register to this program, please contact the youth program staff at (306)352-3500 or see the SSWIS worker assigned in your school.
Toastmasters Leadership Program
In partnership with Toastmasters International through its local clubs in Regina, this program is designed to hone newcomer youth into effective leaders and public speakers. A variety of interactive learning activities are given to the participants including; speech writing, public speaking workshops, vocabulary building, leadership training and other confidence enhancing activities. This 8-week program runs in spring and fall on a once a week basis. It is held every Thursday from 5pm to 7pm at the Regina Open Door Society
Summer Blast Program
The Summer Blast Program is a combination of educational and recreational activities that empower the newcomer youth to become proactive members of the community. This program is made possible in partnership and collaboration with different community organizations. Its activities include:
- Canada Day Celebration
- Educational Games and Group Dynamics
- Cross-cultural Sensitivity workshop
- Life Skills Educational Workshops
- English Camp
- Summer Spin Theatre Camp
- Sports and Recreational Activities
- Field Trips to different museums, organizations and other historical sites
- Arts workshop
- Volunteering activities
RODS Young Leaders Academy
The RODS Young Leaders Academy is a leadership program designed to hone the newcomer youth into pro-active and responsible citizens that are ready to make a difference in the community. This program is divided into two phases. The first phase emphasizes on Personal Development and Capacity Building where the youth participants will undergo a series of workshops and activities that focus on character and leadership building, group dynamics, effective communications, self-awareness and other confidence enhancing activities. The second phase emphasizes on social awareness and integration. In this phase, the youth participants will go through a series of social awareness exercises such as focus group discussions tackling various issues in the community, as well as learning visits to community organizations. Another important component of this project is the Volunteer Education where the participants will gain knowledge about the volunteering, its importance, benefits as well as gain volunteer experience. They will also learn the basics on research and proposal development and will receive mentorship from RODS staff and adult volunteers. This program runs for 10 weeks on a once a week basis. For more information and to register please contact the Youth Program staff at (306) 352-3500.
Youth Bridges Program
The Youth BRIDGES Program is an Initiative of Regina Open Door Society Youth and SSWIS Programs, Multi-cultural Council of Saskatchewan and Newo-Yotina Friendship Centre. It aims to bridge newcomer youth with indigenous youth and promote friendship, cultural sharing, understanding and appreciation. The program also aims to educate newcomer youth about indigenous peoples of Canada, their culture and history. The program organizers have collaborated with various artists and community organizations for the delivery of specific activities and workshops such as series of cross-cultural workshops, dialogues, field trips and theatre based games and activities which result into a presentation. The Youth Bridges Program runs once a year and is open to all newcomer and indigenous youth ages 13 to 24.
Job Readiness Workshop for Newcomer Youth
In partnership with Regina Open Door Society Employment Services and Catholic Family Service Regina, this program helps newcomer youths access the labour market by means of empower them with knowledge and skills essential for them to be able to find a job. Activities in this program include, resume building, job search, effective communications and job interview workshop. This program culminates with a job fair where the youth participants get the opportunity to interact with employers and get hired on the spot.
Multicultural Food Platter Program
Once a month, the Regina Open Door Society Youth Program runs a cultural cooking workshop where the newcomer youths can learn about different cultures from around the world and learn how to cook different cultural dishes. The program also gives emphasis on kitchen and fire safety as well as nutrition. For more information about this program, please contact the Youth Program staff at (306) 352-3500.
Field Trips and Other Community Connections Activities
By signing up with the Youth Program, the newcomer youth participants will have the opportunity to become familiar and get connected to the community by participating in various community events such as the Mosaic Festival, Saskatchewan Roughrider Games, Bird Day, Government House Victorian Christmas Celebration, Canada Day Celebration and a lot more.
Other Programs and Services
Do you want to join a sports club but do not but do not know how and where to register? Do you need help with university or scholarship application? Do you want to access different community services? Don’t worry! The Regina Door Society Youth Program can definitely help you with that. Our Youth Caseworkers are always ready to talk to you and help you out with your settlement needs by means of providing information sessions and referral services for you to be able to receive the assistance you need. All you need to do is give us a call at (306) 352-3500 or email us at .
For more information about our youth program or to join,
please contact us at:
Tel: (306) 352-3500
You may also drop at our location at
2220 12th Avenue