Our News

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

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Success of United Voices 2023: SHINE, Sharing Hope and Inclusivity, Nurturing Every Youth.

Success of United Voices 2023: SHINE, Sharing Hope and Inclusivity, Nurturing Every Youth

Nov 23, 2023 | 2023

United Voices 2023: SHINE – Sharing Hope and Inclusivity, Nurturing Every Youth   We are thrilled to celebrate the tremendous…

Statement of Chief Executive Officer.

Statement of Chief Executive Officer

Sep 29, 2023 | 2023

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation offers a significant opportunity to acknowledge that Canada’s development as a nation was not…

BridgePost: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2023.

BridgePost: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2023

Sep 29, 2023 | 2023

What specific initiatives or actions can immigrant youth-based organizations take to promote Truth and Reconciliation beyond simply observing the day? A practical commitment to truth ...

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…

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 2022’s successes with you.

CBFY Successes

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    5489 Total Clients Served

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    204 Youth Employability Skills and Strategy (YESS) Project

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    3192 Hours Contributed by Volunteers

Children & Youth Supported

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    667 Afterschool Program Clients Supported (Children 14 and under)

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    373 Afterschool Program Clients Supported (Youth 15 to 24)

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    -4 Family Reconnect, Rebuild & Resiliency (F3R) Program

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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