The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) program is in partnership with New Westminster Schools. The SWIS team provides services for parents/guardians, school-aged children, and youth who are Permanent Residents, Conventional Refugees, Refugee Claimants, Temporary Foreign Workers, and International Students. SWIS services will be provided on an individual, family, and group basis, to newcomer students and their families while they adapt to life in Canada.
A SWIS Worker will provide the following core services:
- Provide information and orientation
- Referrals to community services and other agencies
- Interview to assess settlement needs
- Assist clients in dealing with adjusting to a new country
- Support clients with phone calls to gather information
- Obtain information and support processes on behalf of clients
- Organize group sessions
- Provide outreach and field trips, pre-employment, and sports for youth
- Consult with school staff on settlement and cultural issues
- Cultural interpretation
To enroll in the program, please complete the below form and a member of our team will follow up with you and your family as soon as we can.
- You can use the application form listed here, or reach out to the staff member listed for your school below (or to the person who speaks the language you may feel more comfortable speaking in, as the team works with you to set up any support you may need): https://newwestschools.ca/programs-services/inclusive-education/settlement-workers-in-schools/swis-team/