Erin Mills Youth Centre - Social Innovation Project

Erin Mills Youth Centre. Two students collaborating on a project.

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The Erin Mills Youth Centre (EMYC) believes in youth. Research has shown that youth engagement with the most positive, long-lasting impact are characterized by two elements: (1) youth are a central part of planning, shaping and delivering programs—not just as volunteers, but also as paid staff; (2) programs are designed to promote adult-youth partnerships that involves mentoring and affirms the capacity and contributions of youth. At EMYC we have identified this strategy as “youth driven.” These core values stand behind our mission and vision and inform each of our priorities and outcomes.

Learn more about the Erin Mills Youth Centre (EMYC) here!

The Challenge(s)

1) We are trying to expand our network of caring adults/learning professionals to provide context to high-school aged youth who think post-secondary education is not accessible to them.

2) We try to instill values of respect and integrity to the youth who frequent our programs. We would like to see a community clean-up/reclaim initiative to help them feel more responsible for their homes.

3) We could see the benefit of promoting self-care, healthy food and lifestyle choices and habits as well as positive and healthy relationship building.

The Project

Starting with the Social Innovation Project Launch Day on October 20th, we are looking for a team of up to 12 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? 


Each Social Innovation Project opportunity relates to a theme. The theme(s) for this project include: Children and Youth, Physical Community Development and Health Related.

How Do I Sign Up?

This project is no longer accepting registrations. 


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

Michelle Atkinson
Community Engagement Coordinator

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