Heritage Skills Development Centre
Heritage Skills Development Centre (HSDC) is a grassroots non-profit organization that was established in 1993. It was founded by a group of women who observed a gap in the integration services available to new- immigrants, refugees and minorities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
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HSDC assists families in building stronger foundations through integrative and empowerment programs and services. With more than 22 years of experience, and being located in a high priority neighborhood of Scarborough, HSDC understand the issues that often hinder or delay the abilities of individuals to become self-sufficient. Our staff and volunteers are of diverse cultural and linguistic background, allowing us to effectively serve our clientele.
Capacity Building & Training Programs: Youth Entrepreneurship Program, Business Integration Training Program, Information Technology Training Program, Web Development Training, Employment Preparation, Leadership Skills Development, Sewing and Fashion Design Training, Computer and Internet Training Program, French as a Second Language Program, Addiction Education and Mental Health Support , After School Program for Children and Youth.
Social Programs: Our Social Programs include: Community Workshops, Crime Prevention Program, HIV/ AIDS Prevention and Education, Supportive Network Services, Youth Peer mentorship, Life Skills Development, Single Mom's Support Group, Volunteer Development Program, Senior Support Program, Victims Week Celebration, Scarborough Afro Caribbean Festival.
Referral & Information Services: HSDC provides support and referrals to the justice system, legal professionals, health care services, educational institutions, housing, translation and interpretation services, employment, social services and government services.
Supportive Counseling and Mentorship: Supportive counseling services are provided for at-risk individuals and victims to help overcome isolation, stress and depression. These services help individuals to build resiliency, self-esteem, confidence and pursue their career goals.