Edmonton Somali Voice Newsletter

Stay up to date with news and events effecting the Somali-Canadian community living in Edmonton and its vicinity.

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                                              Take Advantage of the Homework Help Program

                                              Somali-Canadian Cultural Society runs an important Homework Help Program throughout the school year to help students keep pace with their school subjects and succeed academically.

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                                              The program is for students ranging from grades 1 to 12 and is run four days a week, from Monday to Thursday (6:00-8:30pm.). The homework help program is a volunteer based one run by Somali and non-Somali volunteers.
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                                              Usually parents bring their children to the Society’s center, where they are assisted by the volunteers. In fact, the program equips the students with extra knowledge and skills in relation to their school subjects and work.
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                                              Parents whose children regularly attend the program have already realized the positive impact of the program and are appreciating of the services their children receive. Somali-Canadian Cultural Society runs the Homework Help Program in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters Boys and Girls Club.
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                                              In addition to the weekly routine activities, the homework program students receive other skills aimed at enhancing their creativity and academic programs. Recently, DiscoverE, a University of Alberta student-delivered initiative, has given science sessions to the some of the students.  They learned a lot and enjoyed the participation.
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                                              A statement of the DiscoveryE imitative reads: “We focus on fun, accessibility and mentorship to deliver programs about engineering, science and technology.”

                                              Testimonials

                                              20 years old youth, 3rd year Science student: University of Alberta)

                                              “Had it not been this after school program I would not have achieved what I achieved now. I have attended this after school program for my last two years of high school. This is reason why I am now back to help out the homework club” (Canadian Somali community volunteer, 20 years old 3rd year Science student: University of Alberta).

                                              Somali Canadian Father

                                              This program has significantly helped my kids. The program had number of quality activities that filled the time of my kids. Because of this program I now have three of my kids attending University of Alberta and one is in apprenticeship program where is now studying Power Engineering program at NAIT: Somali Canadian Father!

                                              John Carter, Microsoft

                                              The after school program has helped my kids with their homework. I am single mother who cannot afford hiring tutor. I was fortunate enough to have this program. I was new into the country and did not have communication skills and the education needed to help my kids. This was wonder program. I will never forget it” .

                                              (13 years old), Somali Canadian Kid

                                              “I feel coming here makes me a better person, nicer person. Coming here motivates me to do my homework, receive mentoring and interact with group students who are my age. It is fun to be here. – I feel a sense of responsibility – gone the days of hanging out with bad friends and neglecting my homework” .

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