Our Programs

Integrate your children born outside of Canada in school and help them build confidence, make friends and improve their academic skills.

The Calgary’s Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY) supports immigrant and refugee youth and their families with knowledge and information about Canadian culture and schooling system. Our experienced staff and program facilitators help children and youth make lasting friendships through programs that grow their personal, social and emotional skills while helping them settle into life in Canada.

As a newcomer family looking to register your child(ren) in school, we are your first point of contact. We have offices in the public Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School District reception centres. This allows us to provide one-on-one support to your family and to direct your children into programs that best suit their needs.

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SWIS Program

The SWIS Program provides support, builds cultural connections, mentors, and guides children and youth as they settle and integrate into their new life in Canada. The SWIS Program is cost-free…

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Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program (SWIS program) introduces immigrant youth (grades 7 – 12) to Calgary through afterschool programs, peer mentoring, field trips and one-on-one support. Our mentors provide a support system…

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Afterschool Program

The Afterschool Program works with immigrant youth throughout their school years (grades 1-12) and focuses on keeping youth positively engaged by providing academic support, English language development, recreational and healthy…

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The RBC Youth Empowerment

The RBC Youth Empowerment Program uses a holistic approach to help high school immigrant and English learners to overcome challenges in the classroom.  We offer free tutoring in math, sciences,…

Our News

Read inspiring stories from our youth, meet our hard-working volunteers and learn about our upcoming events.

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Guilianna Mosca – Volunteer of the Month – July.

Guilianna Mosca – Volunteer of the Month – July

Jul 07, 2021 | Volunteer of the Month

Giulianna Mosca is selected as CBFY Volunteer of the Month for July 2021. Here is Giulianna’s volunteering story: “My name…

Aydin Ivan Herik – Volunteer of the Month – June.

Aydin Ivan Herik – Volunteer of the Month – June

Jun 08, 2021 | Volunteer of the Month

“Aydin has been a hard-working, flexible volunteer ever since he started tutoring with NxtGen Homework Club. When we needed him…

Frank Cattoni – New Chief Executive Officer.

Frank Cattoni – New Chief Executive Officer

Jun 07, 2021 | Uncategorized

The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth is excited to introduce Frank Cattoni as the new Chief Executive Officer, effective June…

Our Impact

CBFY relies on the dedication of our benevolent volunteers,mentors and donors who support & nurture immigrant youth and families as they integrate into Canadian culture. Each year our demand for immigrant youth services in Calgary continues to grow and we are proud to share 2019’s successes with you.

CBFY Successes

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    12496 Children, Youth & Families Served

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    222 School Locations with Established Partnerships

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    8885 Hours Contributed by Volunteers

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    1167 Mentorship clients Served

Children & Youth Supported

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    75 RBC Youth Empowerment Program

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    1977 Afterschool Client Supported

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    8977 In-School Settlement Clients

Support Us

Your donation helps CBFY provide services to immigrant or refugee children and youth. Through in-school placement and settlement programs, afterschool programs, and post-secondary preparations, CBFY makes the transition to life in Calgary easier.

We focus on building a community, encouraging leadership and academic success and providing support to families adapting to their new life in Canada.

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