Settlement Workers In Schools (SWIS)

What is SWIS?

The Settlement Workers In Schools (SWIS) program is a school-based outreach program that helps newcomer students and their families adapt to and integrate into Canadian life and education during their initial years in Canada. We have experience helping students and families adjust to education in Canada as well as integrate into the community. It is our goal to help new families feel welcome and fully engaged within their new community.

Settlement services are provided in English, with interpretation available.

SWIS Assists newcomers with:

  • School registration and orientation
  • Understanding school policies and procedures
  • Communicating with teachers and administrators
  • Parent-Teacher interviews
  • Connecting with school and community services and resources
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Workshops and information sessions
  • Consultation on school settlement issues
  • Advocating for newcomer students and families

Benefits of SWIS:

  • Smoother transition into Kamloops schools for students and families
  • Enhanced social connections
  • Community integration
  • Increased family involvement
  • Greater cultural understanding in schools
  • Student success and retention

Eligibility:

The Settlement Workers In Schools program is open to immigrant and refugee students and their parents or caregivers (e.g. grandparents) who are currently living in the Kamloops School District 73 area.