Jennifer Chan and Alysha Baratta have developed distinct yet aligned projects to co-design services with newcomers as a community development tool. Presented at the P2P 2021 Workshop Series, they introduce how their projects challenged assumptions within settlement services, and focused on co-designing approaches for newcomers to thrive.
Top settlement programs address essential issues newcomers list as their stepping stones to success in Canada – learning English and finding a job. While essential information and orientation services have moved online during the pandemic, there are fewer opportunities for newcomers to take meaningful roles participating in their communities. And yet, contributing to one’s own community is critical to wellbeing and belonging.
(note: the link is to a YouTube video, but publicly-funded Pathways to Prosperity Canada has disabled embedding of their YouTube videos for reasons that escape me...)