Say Ça! is a Montreal-based charity that provides free French and English language tutoring to refugee and newcomer youth. Founded in 2016, we work in close collaboration with families, schools, and other community partners to empower youth to become engaged citizens and leaders in their communities. Our vision is a just and inclusive society where youth of all backgrounds have access to quality programs, practical tools and resources that help them thrive.
Say Ça! is a Montreal-based charity organization that provides free French and English language tutoring to refugee and newcomer youth. Founded in 2016, we work in close collaboration with families, schools, and other community partners to create the conditions for youth to become engaged citizens and leaders in their communities.
Our vision is a just and inclusive society where youth of all backgrounds have access to quality programs, practical tools and resources that help them thrive.
- Provide a positive and supportive learning environment for equity-deserving youth
- Help develop a sense of belonging through interactive and engaging community outings and events
- Create safe spaces to listen and share stories
- Acknowledge the challenges of integrating into a new society through art therapy, song, dance and other mental wellness offerings
- Develop leadership competencies and foster self-determination.
Say Ça! is a organization supporting Syrian refugees aged 14 to 18. In June, we become a registered organization in Québec.
We develop our first language learning program.
Say Ça! publishes its first Volunteer Handbook to train mentors. We have since published a 2nd and 3rd version.
We organize our first mentoring and cultural activities. These activities are still going on today!
We open our doors to students from all countries. Younger students (12 years and older) are also welcome! We design the first version of our English learning program.
We purchase the first 11 computers for our students. Our program transitions also to an online platform that enhances teaching and communication.
Say Ça! continues to grow: 38 students enrolled! We develop a French entry test. McGill Consulting gives us feedback on our program.
Mentors begin meeting monthly and engaging in training opportunities.
Say Ça! partners with the Centre des services scolaires de Montréal (CSSDM) to recruit new students.
Say Ça! moves fully online during COVID-19. In July, all students receive care packages with supplies to participate in home-based mentoring activities.
About our partners
Say Ça! would like to thank Equitas for awarding us the “Speaking Rights” bursary in 2017 and 2018, as well as for their constant support and friendship. We would also like to thank the Refugee Centre for providing us with our classrooms and Tools of Peace for considering us a Story of Peace in Montreal in 2018. Thank you also to Rising Youth, the Canadian Council for Refugees, the CPRMV, Antiracist Football in Montreal, the Museum of Fine Arts of Montreal, Brain Reach, the CSAI, and the Montreal Canadians Children Foundation.