Muslim Children's Aid and Support Services - Social Innovation Project

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Learn more about Muslim Children's Aid and Support Services here!

The Challenge(s)

1. Project Title: Muslim Children’s Aid and Support Services – Research Foster Care

     Challenge:

  • Lack of funding for programs and services needed by our communities 
  • Lack of funding to hire staff for research activities
  • Lack of intimate knowledge about the needs and challenges of our 14 diverse communities (diverse in race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, etc.) 
  • Limitations to community engagement/outreach due to COVID-19 

Project Description: Continuing our research and community engagement for children/youth and families who have come into contact with Children's Aid; children who have been in foster care; foster parents; youth who have aged out of care to learn about the needs, barriers, challenges, outcomes, and stories from these lived experiences that research will inform future program design/offerings   

Building organizational capacity pertaining to foster care, foster children, and supporting children and families who have come into contact with Children's Aid, as well as information pertaining to fostering (at the present time, there is a desperate shortage of Muslim foster parents). 

More broadly, learning about all of the Muslim communities to gain an understanding of needs, barriers and challenges, similarities, and differences across the various populations with an intersectional lens  

     Additional Skills:

Open to all students! Students in the following programs have been identified by this community partner:

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology

 

  1. Project Title: Muslim Children’s Aid and Support Services – Black Muslim Communities and Discrimination

     Challenge:

  • Lack of funding for programs and services needed by our communities 
  • Lack of funding to hire staff for research activities
  • Lack of intimate knowledge about the needs and challenges of our 14 diverse communities (diverse in race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, etc.) 
  • Limitations to community engagement/outreach due to COVID-19 

     Project Description: With the attention brought to end discrimination and racism by           Black Lives Matter, learn more about Black Muslim communities and how MCASS can         best support this community. 

     Additional Skills:

Open to all students! Students in the following programs have been identified by this community partner:

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology

 

  1. Project Title: Muslim Children’s Aid and Support Services – Impact of COVID

     Challenge:

  • Lack of funding for programs and services needed by our communities 
  • Lack of funding to hire staff for research activities
  • Lack of intimate knowledge about the needs and challenges of our 14 diverse communities (diverse in race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, etc.) 
  • Limitations to community engagement/outreach due to COVID-19 

Project Description: With a focus on COVID-19 and on children/youth, collect information, run focus groups, informational interviews, gather stories, etc. to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on a personal level such that programs can be informed by this work to support the children/youth in dealing with the new normal, to help heal trauma, combat social isolation, perform academically and live and grow in a way to support health holistically.    

      Additional Skills:

Open to all students! Students in the following programs have been identified by this community partner:

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology

4.Project Title: Muslim Children’s Aid and Support Services – Gender-Based Violence Research

     Challenge:

  • Lack of funding for programs and services needed by our communities 
  • Lack of funding to hire staff for research activities
  • Lack of intimate knowledge about the needs and challenges of our 14 diverse communities (diverse in race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, etc.) 
  • Limitations to community engagement/outreach due to COVID-19 

Project Description: Anecdotally, we know there's been an increase in domestic abuse/gender-based violence, so with an empathetic approach and a focus on short, medium and long-term implications, conduct research and community engagement to understand root causes and recommend solutions/programs.  

      Additional Skills:

Open to all students! Students in the following programs have been identified by this community partner:

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology

 

The Project

Starting with the mandatory Social Innovation Project Kick-Off Day on Saturday, October 24th, we are looking for a team of UTM students to work through these issues and come up with an innovative project plan and budget with this organization based on the challenge(s) they are facing. The Centre for Student Engagement will fund part or all of the project(s) based on the proposal(s).

Over the next 16 weeks, can a group of our UTM students come up with an innovative solution working with this organization? 

Registration is now open!

1.    Log into CLNx at https://clnx.utoronto.ca/students/overview.htm

2.    Click on “UTORid Login”.

3.    From the navigation menu, go to “Experiential Learning”:

4.    To enroll in the program, select one of the following two options (either a or b):                                                                                                                                    

a. New Student the Experiential Learning Module (i.e. first time participating in an experiential learning program): Click on the “View Available Programs/Courses” button.

b.   Students previously enrolled in any Experiential Program can access the program by clicking on the “View” button” (located in the “Current Experiences” tile), or by clicking directly on the respective tile located to the right of your screen.

5.    In the “Current Experiences” catalogue, select “Social Innovation Project”.

6.    Follow the program instructions on CLNx to officially register and select your project!

Inquiries

For all questions and feedback regarding Social Innovation Projects, please contact:

Michelle Atkinson
Community Engagement Coordinator

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