CCBR is supporting an internal evaluation of the New Canadian Youth Connections (NCYC) program led by Reception House Waterloo Region in partnership with Community Justice Initiatives (CJI). The program was developed to support newcomer youth as they connect to the Waterloo Region community through recreational programming and homework support with peer volunteers. The evaluation is being conducted to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the program’s implementation, to assess the outcomes (or changes) that were achieved at the individual and community level, and suggest program improvements for the future. CCBR is developing an evaluation framework that actively engages program stakeholders and includes: interviews with program staff, focus groups with participating youth & volunteers, and survey analysis. CCBR is providing support & training for the program organizations to facilitate their own focus groups for this evaluation.