Enable Program

Every year over 200 Immigrant and Refugee children, youth and young adults access this program in their adjustment to the Greater Victoria area.

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Enable Program supports the needs of , immigrant or refugee, children and youth between the ages of 6 - 25 . All of service are designed to address their academic, social and emotional needs as they transition into Canadian Society.


Program activities include:

SPARKS for Children

Homework Club & Tutoring

Adjustment Support Groups for Children

Youth Activity Night – Youth Drop-ins

Youth Strides Summer Camp




SPARKS For Children

SPARKS is for Immigrant or Refugee children attending a new elementary school in Canada who want to improve their english, build stronger social-emotionall skills as they adjust to the Canadian School System. SPARKS use games, art, stories, sports and  other non-language based activies to help children make new friends, practice their English and learn about Ca­nadian culture. All activities and lessons plans are designed to build children's self-esteem, creative self-expression, healthy behaviours while celebrating their diversity and having fun. Check with the Enable Program to see if the SPARKS program is at your school by contacting our staff.

Age Range: 6 - 11 years old

Schedule/ Location : Sparks takes place after school for two hours per week, for 10 weeks at a local elementary school. Please contact us for more information.


Homework Club & Tutoring

Need help with school? Are you having difficulty with English, Math, Science and want to learn how to study?  Our Homework Club drop-in is here to help children, youth and young adults succeed in school environments by providing one-on-one tutoring to support assignments, projects, tests and improve their study skills. Homework Club helps with any grade level school subjects. The drop-in is a safe space to learn, meet other students from ages 6 to 25 years old, build  self-confidence and increase academic performance. Best of all it is Free!  We meet once a week with qualified volunteer tutors and VIRCS Staff.  One-on-one tutoring is also available for those who need extra help outside of Homework Club drop-in hours.

Age Range: 6 - 25 years old

Schedule: Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Location: Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society, Third Floor, 637 Bay Street

Homework Club March 2018 Calendar


Adjustment Support Groups

The Adjustment Support Group helps Immigrant and Refugee children overcome challenges such as grief and loss, separation from family members, loneli­ness or isolation and past traumatic experiences while settling in Canada. Facilitated by a profes­sional art therapist, the group provides extra support for children from diverse cultures and a safe envi­ronment to express and process feelings about their immigration experiences using art as a medium.  The group increases children's self-esteem, confidence and helps builds supportive relationships with their peers. Check with the Enable Program to see if the Adjustment Support Group is at your school by contacting our staff.

Age Range: 6 - 11 years old

Schedule and Location: Offered at a local elementary school for 10 weeks at one hour per week. Please contact us for more information.


Youth Activity Night

Are you a youth new to canada looking to meet people, hang out, have fun and  learn more about life in Victoria? Youth Activity Night is for you! Youth Activity Night is a drop-in program that provides a safe and fun place for youth to meet socially and make new friends once a week. Every week we offer a different orgranized activity including community outings, arts projects, physical sports and workshops facilitated by guest speakers or program leaders. We do things like ice skating, going swimming , making food, and  learning how to dance from a professional!  Youth Night is a place to  practice your English, learn new things and make friends from all over the world. Best of all we have fun!

Age Range: 13 - 20 years old

Schedule: Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Location: Pearkes Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Rd

Youth Activity Night March 2018 Calendar

Download/View our Youth Night Poster

Youth Strides Summer Camp

Are you looking for something fun to do during your school summer break and you want to learn more about camping in Canada? Then come join us at Youth Strides Camp!  Youth Strides is a week-long summer camp for Immigrant and Refugee youth looking to meet other youth and experience a cross cultural outdoor camping experience. Youth participate in various workshops and activities throughout the week, including the arts, leadership and outdoor recreation.  We explore Important world issues such as racism, religion, media, cul­tural differences, and much more. You will learn leadership skills, gain confidence, and make new friends! Youth Strides also helps you build essential life skills for you to successfully work toward your per­sonal goals as you transition to life in Canada.

Ages: 13 – 19 years old

Dates: Monday, July 17th - Saturday, July 22nd 2017 

Location: Camp Banard, Sooke, BC

You can download an application for camp below, and application due date is Monday, June 5th, 2017!

Download/View our Youth Strides Summer Camp Poster

Download Summer Camp Application Form

Enable Program is supported and funded by the Province of British Columbia along with: