Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services (N.E.E.D.S.) Inc.
About Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services (N.E.E.D.S.) Inc.
- N.E.E.D.S. Inc. is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides accessible services and supports to immigrant and refugee children, youth and their families. N.E.E.D.S Inc. which was established in 1999 by immigrant and refugee women for newcomers to Canada. These women developed programming based on their own personal experiences, needs assessment, and realistic expectations.
- Our goal is to enhance the integration of newcomers into Canadian society by providing employment, mentorship, education and social recreational programs as a means to assisting in the development of life skills, confidence, and positive social support networks. All of our services are supported by psychosocial educators to ensure the success of our participants.
Products & Services
N.E.E.D.S. Inc. provides the following supports to newcomer children and youth:
- SWIS IN-HOUSE SERVICES
- Focus: To provide transitional educational, school preparedness and orientation programming for newly arrived refugee children and youth, 6 to 21 years, who are awaiting placement in a Winnipeg school.
- TIME: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- SWIS In-House Components Include:
- School preparedness (learning about a ‘Canadian classroom’, expectations of teachers, etc.)
- Orientation to Winnipeg (community services & resources, safety issues, etc.)
- English language skill development (opportunities for skills development, EAL activities, etc.)
- Recreational activities (team building activities, low organized games, gym time, etc.)
- Computer skills (structured computer classes, introduction to technology skills, etc.)
- Addressing Common Settlement Issues (culture shock, making new friends, decision making, etc.)
- Pro-Social Skills & Integration (decision making, anger management, etc.)
- SWIS OFF-SITE SERVICES
- Focus: To provide enhanced services and supports for newcomer children, youth and families for the first 12-18 months of arriving in Winnipeg as a way of increasing integration into their new community.
- SWIS Off-Site Components Include:
- Completion of Needs Assets and Assessment and Referrals (NAARS) followed by a Settlement Plan with children, youth and their families for the purpose of identifying settlement needs and completing appropriate referrals to existing resources, programs and services
- Enhanced NAARS and Settlement Plans for individual newcomer and refugee children and youth identified as having more complex needs who may require additional support to integrate into the school system or transition to alternative pathways after exiting the school system
- Pro-social skill development and wellness programming for participants alongside base services
- Relevant and timely referrals for participants to community resources
- SWIS CRITICAL HOURS
- FOCUS: To assist newcomer and refugee children and youth within the first 12-18 months of arriving, successfully settle and integrate into Canadian society through social educational activities as well as to provide education support through homework help and opportunities to build their English language skills
- TIME: Critical Hours (lunch time, after school, spring and summer breaks)
- SWIS Components Include:
- After school homework support to help newcomer and refugee children and youth
- Orientation Workshops for Newcomers (OWN) to help students gain a better understanding of their school environment and foster self-reliance, confidence building, identity, belonging and integration into the school culture
- Group Orientation Activities that focus on five modules: education & employment, safety & law, health & nutrition, community & places, pro-social skill development
- Family Engagement Activities to help connect parents and guardians to their child(ren)’s school
- EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
- FOCUS: To help newcomer and refugee youth (ages 16 to 29) develop the employability skills required to enter and successfully participate in the Canadian labour market.
- Employment Services Components Include:
- Individual Career Coaching & Employment Support: Offers one-on-one employment support in the form of resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation and job searching assistance.
- Employment Readiness Training: Designed to prepare newcomer youth for the Canadian workplace. Workshops are interactive and hands-on to help youth be engaged in the learning process and build interpersonal skills, communication skills and confidence.
- English for Employment Purposes Training: Provides opportunities for youth to build their English language skills specific to the Canadian workplace through sector specific language training with partnering employers.
- Work Experience & On-the-Job Support: Helps youth develop employability skills through on-the-job mentorship & experience at various organizations and businesses around Winnipeg.
- PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT OVERVIEW
- FOCUS: To provide newcomer children and youth with additional support during their participation in N.E.E.D.S. Inc. services to enhance their success and ensure a smoother transition during their settlement and integration into Canadian society.
- Psychosocial Service Components Include:
- Establishing rapport and building relationships with clients
- Helping clients learn the reasons for their behaviours and assist clients in learning new behaviours when appropriate
- Assisting youth in recognizing their abilities, capacities, interests, goals and personality to reach their fullest potential
- Assisting youth in exploring their feelings and emotions and exploring healthy coping strategies
- Helping youth find ways to grow personally and socially
- Providing opportunities for comfort and hope
- Psychosocial support services are provided in either group setting or individual one-on-one sessions, depending on the need
- Connecting children, youth and families to additional resources in the community
- Providing Circle of Security Groups to parents in first language
- Providing consultations and training to the greater Winnipeg community on the challenges and unique needs of newcomer youth
Parents or youth may contact Service Delivery Manager directly or call General Inquiry at (204) 940-1260.
When registering, please bring:
- Manitoba Health Card
- Immigration Documents (Landing Paper/Permanent Resident Card)
- Social Insurance Card (required for Employment Skills Program only)