Supporting Calgary Youth in tackling tough issues and making positive choices

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Anti-crime programs that focus on gangs, bullying, drugs, and internet safety will help young people in Alberta sort fact from fiction.The most recent Civil Forfeiture Fund (CFF) grants support 15 projects throughout Alberta, including the YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre which received a two-year $500,000 grant.The YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is an interactive facility that supports youth by helping them strengthen their knowledge of the tough issues of their time, make positive life choices, and become responsible citizens in their communities.CFF grants support community initiatives aimed at children, youth, and families at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity, including gang involvement and those at-risk of being a victim of crime. A total of $2.8 million in grants support community crime prevention and victims’ services projects.

Get to know Alberta through numbers

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You might be aware that Alberta is the fastest growing province in Canada. Alberta’s population grew by 3.5 per cent in 2013—triple the national average—surpassing the four million mark for the first time. The average weekly earnings in Alberta are more than 20 per cent higher than the national average. And did you know that Albertans are big on volunteering? More than 80 per cent of Albertans do some kind of volunteer work and almost half of Albertans who volunteered chose to contribute to sports and recreation activities by coaching a team or by officiating or organizing sporting and/or recreational events. These are just a few of many interesting facts you’ll find in the 2014 Alberta Official Statistics.

Getting ready for school should not be stressful!

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This is that time of the year when we say good-bye to the lazy days of summer and turn our attention to the new school year. The new online Alberta Education’s Back to School Toolkit is packed with important and useful information to help students, parents, and teachers get a positive and healthy start to the new school year. For …

Thinking of Moving to Alberta?

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Here are some things you should know about finding a place to live in Alberta.

Finding the right place to live takes time as well as some effort and energy. So be prepared! First of all, give yourself time to do careful and thorough research about Alberta’s communities, housing markets, rental and vacancy rates.

– In April 2014, average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Alberta ranged from $739 to $2,061. The provincial average was $1,190.

– In June 2014, the average price of a house in Alberta ranged from $238,481 to $606,281. The provincial average of $407,166 is on par with the Canadian average of $413,215.

Whether you’re looking to live in a rural or urban community, to rent or purchase, there’s a lot to consider, including home and property insurance, legal rights and responsibilities, and don’t forget about utilities!

Volunteering at ISC

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The Volunteer Program responds to those who have a passion for helping immigrants adjust to their new life here in Calgary. As a volunteer, whether you are accompanying a client to an important doctor’s appointment, coaching an individual on how to write a resume, or helping our staff in the office, you will be contributing to the successful integration of newcomers to Calgary. Some of the volunteer job positions include:
Cultural Translator, Cultural Interpreter, Employment Coach, Special Events Volunteer, Office Support Volunteer, Income Tax Volunteer, Children’s Programs Volunteer, Workshop Assistant

Change your name to fit in?

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Some people upon arriving in Canada wonder if they should change their name to sound more “Canadian.” People are concerned that their name may sound too ethnic, and are worried that people will discriminate against them because of that; or simply because people will have a hard time pronouncing their name. Quite often newcomers ask if they should pick a more “Canadian sounding” name for their resume and correspondence. Is this necessary?

Cultural Fun Facts

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Norooz (Persian New Year)
Celebrated in March, it always begins on the first day of spring. Noroozhas been celebrated for at least 3,000 years. In Iran, Noroozis an official holiday lasting for 13 days during which most national functions including schools are off and festivities take place.

Red Eggs
In China eggs represent fertility. A charming …

Youth Volunteer Program at ISC

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The Youth Volunteer Program (YVP) is an initiative designed by Immigrant Services Calgary to assist individuals aged 14-20, who are newcomers to Canada. YVP activities have, in the past, ranged from the preparation and serving of food to the homeless, to a community talent show designed, hosted and delivered by the youth in our program. This program offers immigrant youth a platform to utilize their talents, to volunteer in and around the city of Calgary.