Program without Walls (PWW)
Program without Walls (PWW) is a coalition of seven agencies working together to support the health and development of children aged birth to six years in the former City of York. Programs offered by PWW are funded through the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) under the Public Health Agency of Canada
The SIAO Community Food and Nutrition Program assists the community in implementing community kitchens and food buying clubs, organizing various locations and providing a variety of information sessions on nutrition, cooking, budgeting, etc. The project also coordinates with community parents, volunteers, and staff of other programs within "Program without Walls". It also provides support and referral services to children and families living in high-risk situations. In addition to that it educates and assists parents in performing duties such as cleaning, preparing, portioning and storing food and the appropriate method of required for the accommodation of food orders according to the request of parents, dietitian and resource persons.
Youth Opportunities program
SIAO Youth Engagement Initiative undertakes is to involve a group of young people out of school in a focused program of employment preparation and leadership development in 3 specific areas: community program development, pre-apprenticeship development and communications and media programming. A second component of the program will be to match the students with Somali University students from York, Humber College, Ryerson University and University of Toronto in the capacity as mentors. We expect to enroll 12 youth in each intake, work with them approximately 6 weeks on basic life skills, resulting in a draft individual action plan, and work a further 6 weeks on personal research and exploration on how to implement the action plan. From approximately week 12 to 20, participants will have at least one opportunity for a local work placement with 2 objectives: a] to gain work experience which can be part of the participant's future resume; b] to provide for mentorship opportunities in areas of interest for participants.