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

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The Challenge(s)

Project Title: Open Project on the Topic of Islamophobia (Project Stream and/or Research Stream) 

     Challenge:

Islamophobia is one of MCASS’ key areas of focus for 2021 – 2022 and we are hoping to work closely with students in order to tackle this problem. Internally, we currently face challenges with the following: 

  • Lack of operational funding 

  • Extremely limited funding for programs and services  

  • Great community need (as we serve low income, vulnerable, and at-risk Muslim families and those who are engaged with the Children's Aid Society) 

  • Lack of full-time staff (due to funding issues); MCASS is essentially volunteer-led and run 

Project Description:

Keeping the challenges MCASS is currently facing in mind, the organization would like for the topic of Islamophobia to be the key area of focus of this year’s Social Innovation Project. Rather than having a predetermined description of a desired project, MCASS would like to draw on the creativity and innovative thinking of the students in order to develop the concepts and frameworks for potential project(s). Students volunteering for this initiative will have an increased level of agency to develop a project (or multiple smaller projects) while still being able to work alongside the organization throughout the program. If having the opportunity to propose and develop your own project is something that interests you, then this placement is for you! 

 

MCASS has provided some preliminary thought starters to guide the overall direction of the project(s): 

  • What are the narratives on Islamophobia in the Muslim communities? In broader Canadian society?  

  • How can we impact those narratives such that we never again see a Muslim family murdered while out for a walk just because of their faith?  

  • How can we reach young children so they can start to shape different destinies?   

  • How can we support youth to be advocates of social change? 

Considering the open nature of this placement, additional spots are available compared to other SIP placements. That said, should multiple projects be established by volunteering students, the team may break up into smaller (but still very much connected) teams. 

     Additional Skills:

Skills: 

Nice to have: 

  • Social media savvy 

  • Creative/artistic (for social media posts, website content, and resources) 

  • Program design 

  • Ability to use plain language (for greatest accessibility of all information) 

  • Community engagement/outreach 

 

Academic Background: 

Nice to have:  

  • Psychology 

  • Political Science 

  • Sociology 

  • Institute of Culture, Communication, Information & Technology 

  • Women and Gender Studies 

 

The Project

Starting with the mandatory Social Innovation Project Kick-Off Day on Saturday, Oct. 23rd, 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 

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.   Under 'Courses/Programs' select 'View' and then select 'Social Innovation Project Fall/Winter 2021/22) and click 'Apply' 

5.    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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