Services for Black Children Youth and Families
As part of the Ontario’s Services for Black Children Youth and Families (SBCYF), The Women’s Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham (WMRCC) established two new programs: The Enhanced Youth Outreach Worker Program (EYOW) and Together WE Can (TWC) Mentorship Program. Both programs are focusing on helping Black community meet their service needs.
EYOW will serve Black youth in identifying their needs, goals, skills and potential to address risk factors impacting their lives.
Delivering programs and services to Black youth between the ages of 12 to 25 years and their families in Durham Region. We will offer a preventative and empowering approach to address mental health, addictions, trauma, unhealthy relationships, family violence and/ or human and sex trafficking.
WMRCC EYOW Program will continue to use culturally sensitive, client centered and anti- Black racism approach to work with Black Youth and families. The program will provide Black youth the opportunity to gain confidence, learn conflict resolution skills and nurture their abilities to respect oneself and others; meeting them where they are and creating solutions to meet their complex social needs.
To engage, work and provide Black youth in the Durham Region from ages 12-25 years opportunities to build confidence, gain new & meaningful skills to strengthen their place in society.
While using anti-racist and anti-oppressive approach, WMRCC will deliver services and programs to Black youth in Durham Region who are ‘at-risk’ or ‘high risk’ and their families using a culturally sensitive “client centered approach”.
Is holistic, evidence-based, engaging and empowering. The EYOW team focuses on helping youth foster positive cultural identities with enhanced healthy lifestyle through:
- Offering comprehensive assessments to individualized support to Black youth and their families
- Building connections between individuals, communities and cultural groups
- Encouraging participation in cultural activities
- Provided culturally appropriate referrals, information and community resources
Program and Services Include but are not limited to:
- Counselling Services
- One-on-One counselling , group & family support sessions
- Evidence Based Practice
- Multidimensional approach
- Culturally Sensitive
- Life Skills, Personal Development,
- Housing and Employment,
- Conflict Resolution
- Healthy Relations
- Support Groups
- Health and Well-Being
- Emotional and Social Issues
- Engagement Sessions
- Community Events
- Youth Led Initiatives
- Leadership Skills
The Service Delivery Model will consist of the following highlights:
- Series of cultural youth participants intake initiative
- Series of culturally sensitive youth and families assessment
- Using culturally sensitive designed flyers and postcards to reach out to black youth and families
- Using appropriate culturally sensitive outreach strategies and marketing
- Culturally sensitive referral to other community resources
- Culturally sensitive lens of engaging youth and families in in supporting and working with black youth
- Incorporating CI2 (Cultural Impact and Community Involvement Approach)
- Positive cultural identity and taking pride in one’s heritage
For More Details Contact the Enhanced Youth Outreach Worker:
- decision making process
- Culturally appropriate use of best practices that are most effective
Testimonies from WMRCC Clients
It feels so good to have someone to talk to; someone who understands the issue and sensitive to my feelings. I am always looking forward to coming to my counselling session every week!
Today I hesitated quite a bit before coming to this session. I contemplated cancelling the appointment but here I am leaving a different individual from the one who walked in. I feel so much lighter after my session. These counselling sessions present an opportunity to feel free and clear my mind of negative and other thoughts of hopelessness.
This agency was there for me in the early nineties when majority of the community did not know how to deal with a Muslim woman like me, for that I will always be grateful.