Say Ça! was started in 2015 by Justin Park, an impassioned McGill student with an entrepreneurial spirit and deep commitment to social justice. Justin’s unique outlook developed as he travelled the world: mentoring and teaching in underprivileged areas of Los Angeles and as an ESL teacher in Central Africa where he campaigned for World AIDS Day in Dschang, Cameroon.
An immigrant to Canada himself, he became deeply interested in issues of migration and the integration of immigrants and refugees into a new culture. With the help of a Fulbright Scholarship and a dedicated team, he launched the beginnings of Say Ça!. His dream was to develop a program that would help all refugee and immigrant youth integrate and thrive in Canada.
Today our organization continues to improve its action, the number of children we accompany is steadily increasing and we continue to develop our structure by working hand in hand with our volunteers, our student’s families and the community in order to offer ever more efficient and adapted services.
Say Ça! is a charity that seeks to accompany young newcomers during their adaption into their new lives in Montreal, to become active members of their community.
Say Ça!’s vision is to give young students the necessary tools to succeed. Through the teaching of English and French, our mentoring sessions, and our cultural outings, our volunteers work in collaboration with the youth and their families in order to establish safe spaces and strong connections. Our approach is to enrich and empower our young students through a rewarding human relationship and an appreciation of diversity.
We help refugees and immigrants in Montreal, aged 12 to 18. We offer free personalized French and English tutoring, to cater to their linguistic needs. Moreover, we offer weekly mentorship and monthly cultural outings.
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.