MFBCS Summer School Canada Program

Empowering refugee & low-income youth. Join us for a life-changing experience

Did you know that in Canada, one out of every five children lives in poverty? The Muslim Food Bank (MFBCS) Summer School Canada program is a shining example of an organization evolving its services to meet the needs of its community. For the past two years, the program has successfully provided academic support and cultural integration for elementary-aged children from low-income and refugee backgrounds.

Academic Success and Cultural Integration

The Summer School Program for Youth offers a range of benefits for students, making it a valuable resource for their academic and social development:

  • Academic Support: The program provides targeted tutoring in core subjects like English, Math, and Science, helping students improve their understanding and address any learning gaps. This can boost their confidence and academic performance in the upcoming school year.
  • Cultural Integration: The program environment fosters a sense of belonging and cultural integration for students from refugee backgrounds. By interacting with peers and teachers in a welcoming space, they can gain valuable social skills and feel more comfortable navigating their new Canadian environment.
  • Summer Learning Boost: Summer learning loss is a real concern for students. The Summer School Program helps to mitigate this by providing continued learning opportunities, ensuring students retain knowledge and skills learned during the regular school year.
  • Socialization and Development: The program offers a safe and structured environment for students to interact with peers and build social connections. This is especially important for newcomers who may be unfamiliar with their surroundings and lack established social circles.

How Can You Help?

The Summer School Program for Youth relies on the generosity of donors like you. Every contribution, big or small, empowers young people from low-income and refugee backgrounds to achieve academic success and feel welcomed in their new communities. Your donation provides essential tutoring, learning materials, and a supportive environment that fosters cultural integration. By investing in these students’ futures, you’re investing in the future of our community. Donate today and make a lasting difference!

Expanding to Serve More Youth

However, as the program entered its third year, MFBC identified a crucial gap – the need to support high school-aged youth. Feedback from parents of program participants highlighted a desire for similar services for their older children. Research also indicated that high school students could potentially benefit even more from such a program compared to their elementary school counterparts.

The Summer School Program for Youth

In response to this evolving need, MFBC revamped its program. The newly titled “Summer School Program for Youth” caters to high school students aged 13 to 18. The program will run for three days a week from early July to mid-August, focusing on core subjects like English, Math, and Science.

The revamped program offers benefits beyond just the students. Volunteers will gain valuable experience working more closely with their peers compared to previous years.

A: The program is open to high school students aged 13 to 18 from low-income and refugee backgrounds in Surrey and Lower Mainland, BC.

A: The program focuses on core subjects crucial for academic success: English, Math, and Science.

A: The program will run for three days a week, starting in early July and continuing until mid-August.

A: Students will benefit from tutoring in core subjects, helping them improve their academic standing. Additionally, the program provides a welcoming environment that fosters cultural integration and a sense of belonging.

A: Absolutely! Volunteers will gain valuable experience working with peers in a tutoring capacity.

A: Yes, MFBC successfully ran a summer school program for elementary-aged children for the past two years. The positive response from those years, along with identified needs, led to the expansion to serve high school youth.

A: Your generous donation can make a real difference in the lives of these young people! You can donate online through our secure website, mail a check, or contact us to discuss other giving options.

A: Even a small donation can make a big difference. For example, a donation of $25 can provide essential learning materials for a student. A larger donation of $100 could cover the cost of tutoring for one student throughout the program. Every contribution brings us closer to empowering these deserving youth.


Growth and Adaptability

MFBCS recognizes that growth is essential for any program’s success. The organization prides itself on its ability to adapt its services to the ever-changing cultural landscape. The Summer School in Canada Program’s transformation exemplifies MFBCS commitment to staying attuned to the evolving needs of its clients. This ensures the program remains impactful and empowers young people on their educational journeys.