Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)

Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)

Program Partner

The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) program is an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada funded program, delivered by the YMCA of Northern Alberta in partnership with the Fort McMurray Catholic and Public School Boards. The program provides newcomer students from kindergarten to grade 12 and their families with:

  • Needs assessments and referrals to other support agencies
  • One-on-one and group information orientation sessions to help with their successful integration into the Canadian education system
  • Workshops to help connect families to services and resources in the schools and the community
  • Community connections including afterschool academic support
  • Targeted matching with settled immigrants or long-time citizens
  • Facilitate communication between home and school
  • Advocacy

Other services offered by the YMCA include:

  • Translation and interpretation
  • Supportive counselling
  • Commissioner for oaths
  • Legal clinic referrals
  • English conversation circle
  • Immigrant women’s wellness group

 

Questions?

If you have questions about the Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) program, contact us at newcomers@northernalberta.ymca.ca.