Alternative Reading Week

 Students volunteering, cleaning the community

Alternative Reading Week (ARW) is an opportunity that gives students a chance to learn more about, and to understand the local issues within the Region of Peel. ARW is designed to enhance students' experiences with community engagement, leadership, social change and community development. Furthermore, this is an opportunity for students and community groups to both benefit from a partnership. 

Get Involved as a volunteer during ARW

  • Registration opens November 7, 2016
  • Registration closes January 22, 2017 (midnight)
  • Attend the Team Training Meet & Greet: Saturday February 4th- 9:00am-4:30pm 
  • Participate in the experience: February 21-23, 2017
  • Attend the "Thank you" celebration 
  • Complete an online reflection survey
  • Add the experience to your Co-Curricular Record (CCR)

APPLICATION HERE: Alternative Reading Week Participation Registration

The Project

When you register for Alternative Reading Week, you will be asked to register under a theme (for your project). By registering under a theme you are helping us connect you with a project that suits your interest. Here are your options: 

Theme Description
Children & Youth This area is for those interested in working with children and youth. Past projects have included working with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Newcomer Centre of Peel etc. 
Adult & Elderly Support This area is for those interested in working with adults and elderly. Past projects have included working with Sheridan Villa Long Term Support Centre.
Health Related If you have an interest in health and wellbeing, this theme is for you. Past projects have included working with Canadian Mental Health Association. 
Business/Technology Based Those interested in creation of business reports, or technology based projects (i.e. marketing, social media, videos etc.) should choose this theme. 
Food Projects Projects in this theme focus on working and supporting food security and local food markets/food banks.
Sustainability  Working to ensure the Peel Region is focused on our ecological footprint, these projects include working with partners like Ecosource.
Event Coordination  Choose this theme if event creation is your passion. Work with partners to see their events come to life with your support.
Physical Community Development This theme focuses on creating community spaces that are more functional and welcoming to the area.
Literacy  *NEW* - Plan and directly work with Community Partners, using projects related to literacy broadly, such as reading and writing. 
Arts-Based *NEW* - Use your artistic skills to engage with Community Partners, and support their initiatives through multiple mediums of art! 
Wherever I'm Needed 

Do you have a broad range of interests or are you just interested in being places wherever there is a spot? Sign up for this option and we will place you wherever you are most needed.

See what past participants have to say about their ARW experience!