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Folklorama offers new residents community-expanding experience

By Winnipeg Free Press

July 26, 2022

As Folklorama reopens its pavilions for the first time since 2019, a local non-profit seeks to make it easier to get new residents through those doors.

Newcomers Employment & Education Development Services (NEEDS) Inc. has partnered with the annual cultural festival, which takes place over two upcoming weeks (July 31 to Aug. 13).

Winnipeg group aims to make Folklorama more accessible to newcomers

By CBC News

July 25, 2022

Partnership with cultural festival designed to help newcomers build sense of community, says NEEDS director.

As Winnipeg’s biggest cultural festival resumes in-person festivities for the first time since 2019, organizers are partnering with a local non-profit to offer a program encouraging newcomers to experience what the festival has to offer.

Day camp for Ukrainian newcomers kicks off in Winnipeg

By CBC News

July 14, 2022

Children who ended up in Winnipeg after fleeing the war in Ukraine are getting a chance to make crafts, go on field trips and learn more about Canada at a day camp created with them in mind.

Manitoba is contributing up to $106,000 to the nine-week summer camp for school-aged Ukrainian newcomers in the capital city, Premier Heather Stefanson said at a news conference Thursday.

Everyone wins at summer camp for Ukrainian newcomers

By Winnipeg Free Press 

July 14, 2022

He is only six and has just arrived in Winnipeg from Ukraine, but Sviatoslav Nakonechna proudly made his first Canadian vehicle using a cardboard packing box and construction paper wheels.

Non-profit recruiting volunteers to help Ukrainian newcomers settle in Manitoba

By CBC Radio

June 17, 2022

A non-profit has put the call out for volunteers that are interested in helping the hundreds of Ukrainian newcomers that arrived in Manitoba last month. Host Sam Samson speaks with Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services (N.E.E.D.S). 

Giving and getting help in our community

By Giving Manitoba

June 11, 2022

At N.E.E.D.S., volunteers are the driving force that help newcomers make important connections. Meagan Botelho, Service Delivery Team Manager for N.E.E.D.S. talks about how N.E.E.D.S. is assisting newcomers as they get settled and the needs for recruiting volunteers. 

How a Ukrainian refugee is helping children fleeing Russian invasion to settle in Manitoba

By CBC News

May 28, 2022

Neli Dubova is excited to be teaching Ukrainian children who come to Manitoba as a result of war about Canadian schools. 

A Ukrainian refugee herself, Dubova moved to another country temporarily when she was a child.  She says she remembers how hard it was for her even though she knew the language and culture. 

Ukrainian Relief Volunteers Needed

By CTV News

May 27, 2022

NEEDS Centre staff Aric Goodbrandson talks about Recruitment for Ukrainian Relief Volunteers on CTV.

Winnipeg teens tackle race, racism in a changing world

By Winnipeg Free Press

June 04, 2021 

Supported through a grant from the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation, the Stand Up to Racism Together program provides youth with a safe space to identify racism, stereotypes, and racism-related stress.

Manitoba youth fight racism by sharing their messages online

By CBC News

April 14, 2021 

Youth, aged 15 to 21, create video after 8 weeks taking anti-racism workshops and learning Photoshop.

A group of young people in Manitoba have taken to social media to help fight racism — and they’re using both their voices and design skills to do it. 

The power to change lives: Theatre course for newcomers in Winnipeg builds life skills

By CBC News

February 10, 2020

A new after-school theatre workshop for newcomer youth in Winnipeg hopes to give them more than just acting skills — it aims to help them learn to share their stories, build confidence and find community.

Offered by the Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services (NEEDS) Centre, the Monday evening program is open to newcomers age 12 to 25.

Newcomer holiday party welcomes 600 immigrants and refugees to Winnipeg

By CBC News

December 7, 2019

A new after-school theatre workshop for newcomer youth in Winnipeg hopes to give them more than just acting skills — it aims to help them learn to share their stories, build confidence and find community.

Offered by the Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services (NEEDS) Centre, the Monday evening program is open to newcomers age 12 to 25.

Newcomer organization holds holiday celebration

By Winnipeg Sun

December 7, 2019

Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services (N.E.E.D.S.) hosted its ninth annual Winter Holiday Celebration for newcomer children, youth and families on Saturday at the Marlborough Hotel.

This woman struggled to find a job when she moved here 20 years ago — so she created a group to help others

By CBC News

February 21, 2019

A Winnipeg woman is celebrating 20 years of giving back to her community by helping newcomers — and it all started with her own challenges and experience as a new Canadian.

Margaret von Lau started Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services, or NEEDS Inc., a decade after she immigrated to Canada in 1989.

Annual holiday event lets newcomers make new friends, learn about traditions — and, of course, meet Santa

By CBC News

February 21, 2019

Annual holiday event lets newcomers make new friends, learn about traditions — and, of course, meet Santa.

NEEDS Inc.’s holiday event began 8 years ago with 50 people, welcomed more than 400 on Saturday.

NEEDS gives newcomer tools for success

By Winnipeg Free Press

September 04, 2018

Blending into a new society isn’t an easy thing to do, especially when there are so many other worries in life taking a toll on a young person’s mind, but a Winnipeg program is making the transition easier.

 Newcomer Employment and Education Development Services Inc. handed out certificates to high school graduates and employment program graduates on Aug. 28.

Newcomer family takes in Folklorama

By CTV News

August 14, 2018

NEEDS Centre staff Monique Burke and client Bola Aje talks about their Folklorama experience on CTV.