Girl Guides of Canada - Social Innovation Project

Girl Guides of Canada. A student presenting a project idea to their team.

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Guiding provides a safe, all-girl environment that invites girls to challenge themselves, to find their voice, meet new friends, have fun and make a difference in the world. Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada (GGC) strives to ensure that girls and women from all walks of life, identities and lived experiences feel a sense of belonging and can fully participate. Girl Guides is an organization with over 100 years of history and a strong and growing future.

Learn more about Girl Guides of Canada (GGC) here!

The Challenge(s)

Challenge:

As a volunteer organization, we often are looking for opportunities to receive goods and services at a low or no cost.  We know there are community organizations out there that offer things at a reduced cost, no cost, or offer grants.  We are interested in accessing these opportunities.

Project Idea:

Develop a data base of organizations that provide free or reduced cost items/services, and organizations that offer grants to volunteer groups such as ourselves.  Also, it would be helpful to have grant writing tips and tricks included in this (perhaps a YouTube video on Grant Writing!).

The Project

Starting with the mandatory Social Innovation Project Kick-Off Day on October 26th, 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? 

Theme(s)

Each Social Innovation Project opportunity relates to a theme. The theme(s) for this project include: Children and Youth and Business and Technology Based.

How Do I Sign Up?

There are a few steps before you can officially register for your project, please follow the steps below:

  1. Complete the mandatory online Volunteer Training module in Quercus. 
  2. Complete the registration form by Wednesday October 22nd by 5pm. (Register here)
  3. You will recieve an e-mail confirming your spot in your project by October 24th.
  4. We'll see you on Saturday October 26th from 10am-4pm where you will meet your team, connect with your Communtiy Organization, and kick-off your project!

Inquiries

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

Michelle Atkinson
Community Engagement Coordinator

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