Somali Youth Support Project (SYSP)

Sahan: A Journey of Hope is a short documentary  that has endeavoured to capture the peaceful, resilient, creative and engaged Ottawa Somali Community. The complex experience of immigration is highlighted including:  identity, loss, home, culture, gender and of coping in a bi-cultural situation. In this film, they demonstrate self affirmation and resilience in their ability to cope within the pressures of the cultural, religious expectations. Viewers will be brought on a journey of hope through the stories of transition and integration and the building of a new life here in Canada.

The Somali Youth Support Project (SYSP) is a Somali community driven project operating out of Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre.  The goal of SYSP is to foster the health and integration of Somali youth living in the Pinecrest-Queensway catchment area by building on assets and partnerships in the community.  The project is guided by an advisory committee consisting of Somali community members and local service providers.

SYSP programs include a Youth Advocacy Group (ages 16 to 21), Leadership and Life Skills Training (ages 13 to 19), Literacy Programming (ages 6 to 12) and a Recreation Drop In.  The SYSP also organizes an annual gala fundraiser and a number of community celebrations and special outings each year.

To find out more about times and dates of programs or to register, please contact 613-820-4922 ext. 3494.  Parents seeking to connect with the SYSP Parent Program Assistant can call 613-820-4922 ext. 3644.