Imprisoned in Canada for committing a violent crime, a young man from Ghana tells his cellmates a story on the eve of his release. Although there is great risk in sharing his tale, he must tell it to be truly free. Through storytelling, dance, and live music, Obaaberima chronicles a young African-Canadian’s journey across continents, genders, races, and sexualities.

Winner of the 2013 Dora Award for Outstanding Production, Obaaberima has played on stages across the country, garnering rave reviews from coast to coast. Our 40th anniversary season sees Obaaberima’s long-awaited return to the Buddies stage.

Audiences will remember Tawiah from the Buddies / Saga Collectif hit production Black Boys, which premiered as part of our 2016-17 Season and returned in 2018 after a national tour. Obaaberima was the first project to be developed through the Buddies Residency Program – launching a platform for new work development that has gone on to produce eight mainstage productions in the past six years.

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Funded by the Government of Ontario, the Newcomer Youth Green Economy Project (NYGEP) supports newcomer post-secondary students in the GTA to access field trips, experiential learning opportunities and job skills training.

Students will have access to learning opportunities in multiple environmental career pathways, including ecological restoration, water management, green energy/green building and environmental education.

Who is Eligible?

  • Must be 18-29 years of age and currently enrolled in an undergraduate college or university program in the GTA.
  • Must have immigrated to Canada within the last 10 years (international students are not eligible).
  • Major focus of study must be in the environmental sector (e.g. Environmental science, engineering, education or studies).

What Do Students Receive?


Six in-class full-day workshops on Saturdays throughout the semester where you will learn about corporate culture and job search skills in the environmental sector. You will prepare your resumes and perfect interview skills.


30 hours of existing Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) online training on job search and communication. Topics: labour market, resume targeting, networking, making a good first impression, teamwork, giving and receiving feedback.


Online technical modules covering: low impact development (LID), environmental legislation.


To Kortright Centre for Conservation.


During the reading week, students will be placed with a host employer in one of the four streams for an experiential learning opportunity. The host employer will provide a mentor who will guide a group of five students (per stream) through completion of a real word project.


Students will receive a $500 stipend for their participation in the project to offset travel and other related costs to participation. This will be provided at the end of the semester, pending successful attendance and participation.

Apply for our Winter Semester (January to March 2019)


Students need to be available on the following dates for the Winter Semester:

  1. Job search and corporate culture training: Saturday January 5, 19 and 26, Saturday February 2 and 23, Saturday March 2 (all dates in 2019).
  2. Field trip: February 16, 2019.
  3. Group project: Students need to be available in person for the full winter reading week.
  4. End of program gathering: March 9, 2019.

How to Apply

We are currently recruiting for the following program session dates:

  • January to March 2019

To be eligible to apply, applicants must register for and participate in a webinar information session.

Sign up today for an information session to learn more about program eligibility criteria, application procedures and curriculum.

Program Information Sessions


October 25, 2018, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm



Organization: Volunteer Toronto

Location: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. Toronto, Ontario M5J 2H5

Date: October 21, 2018 @ 1PM

Volunteer Toronto is hosting a FREE Youth Expo. The Volunteer Toronto Youht Expo is an annual event for high school students to meet 100+ non-profits recruiting youth volunteers. If you've been wondering where to do your 40 hours, then the Youth Expo is the perfect opportunity to explore endless volunteering possibilities!

Register here to attend!

Further Questions?

Contact Olivia Sonnenberg, Development and Events Coordinator
[email protected]
416-961-6888 ext. 224

presented by Planned Parenthood Toronto's Supporting Newcomer Access Project (SNAP)

‘cuz google doesn’t always cut it for your sexual health,

ask SNAP the questions you’d usually search online.

no awkward search history on the family desktop, guaranteed ;)


A launch party for our new zine and a chance to ask questions about relationships, sexuality, navigating consent, etc.


Hosted by SNAP volunteers and open to ALL newcomer youth ages 13-29


The Central YMCA

20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto 


Saturday, August 18, 2018



Have fun and get your questions answered.

FREE food, FREE swag, FREE info and a chance to meet new people.


Register on eventbrite:

City: Richmond Hill

Location: Richmond Hill Public Library - Central Library (1 Atkinson Street)

Date: September 12th, 2018 - October 17th, 2018 (every Wednesday)

Time: 7:00pm  - 8:30pm

Attention aspiring web designers ages 16 - 25! In this intermediate level program, you learn how to design responsive websites in six free lessons. By registering for the first class, September 12, you are registered for the entire 6-class program.
It is important to attend all of the classes in order to learn and benefit from the instruction.

You must bring your own laptop.

Hosted by the Parya Trillium Foundation



Organization: Canada International Dance Culture Association

City: Toronto

Location: Nathan Phillips Square(100 Queen St W Toronto, ON M5H2N2)

Date: Aug 3rd, 2018 @ 5PM, Aug 4th, 2018 @ 12:00 Noon

FREE ADMISSION to the public. The Festival celebrates cultural diversity through the art of dance. Specifically, we focus on youth dancers, with participation ranging from local to international dance schools. Opening ceremony begins Aug 3rd, at 5pm. The festival continues the next day with the main competitions, and then concludes with a closing ceremony on the 4th. There will also be food vendors and merchant vendors present through the two days. It is a great opportunity to enjoy a wonderful weekend with your families.

The Festival is in partnership with SickKids Foundation. Part of revenue will be donated to benefit the good deeds of this fantastic organization. Once again, It is FREE to the public! Mark the dates down to your calendar!!

For more information please visit: or email [email protected]

Organization: Mon Sheong Foundation

City: Scarborough

Address: 2020 McNicoll Avenue

Date: July 21 - August 25 (depending on workshop)

Time: 10pm - 12pm   or   1pm - 5pm  (depending on workshop)


Mon Sheong Foundation Youth Group will be hosting a series of workshops in July and August titled “Route to Career Success for Youth”. Spread out over several weekends, these workshops aim to help youths prepare for life after graduation.

Supported by the Royal Bank of Canada, the workshops will teach youths a range of skillsets, covering topics from:

  • Personal Finance & Investing

  • Resumes & Cover Letters

  • Interviews

  • Networking & Communication

The workshops are geared towards youth between the ages 14-29. Participants will come out the workshop with new skills or a better understanding of the working world.


Workshops will take place at Mon Sheong Community & Volunteer Services Building (2020 McNicoll Avenue) and Mon Sheong Scarborough Long-Term Care Centre (2030 McNicoll Avenue).

How to Register

REGISTER HERE before July 20, 2018! (spaces limited)

Registration ends on Friday, July 20, 2018. Please visit for registration and workshop information.


GIDSS Canada and Elegant Security and Employment Services are hosting one of the biggest jobs and volunteer fairs with participation from more than 50 businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

Date: June 29, 2018

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Brampton Soccer Centre, 1495 Sandalwood Parkway, Brampton, Ontario

This event is sponsored by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration of the Government of Canada.

Register today!

Creative Arts Competition

Do you have what it takes to win?

Entries can include:

  • Poems
  • Fictional stories
  • Art and photography

All entries should portray cultural diversity, migration, newcomers, home countries, etc.

Entry deadline: August 17, 2018

Contact [email protected] for more info and entry guidelines.

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Event TypeJob Seekers

Location: Tropicana Employment Centre, 505 Consumers Road, Suite 102, North York, Ontario, M2J 4V8

In this workshop you will learn the basics of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word including:

✓  Creating, formating and saving documents

✓  Preparing and formating Excel Worksheets

✓  Inserting and formating pictures, clip art, and smart art

✓  Inserting formulas into a worksheet and enhancing a worksheet

✓  Mail Merge

✓  Moving data within and between workbooks

To register contact Donna Neita at 416.491.7000 Ext. 269 or [email protected]