The Story Garden - Social Innovation Project

The Story Garden. Students collaborating on a project.

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The Story Garden was launched at the Sheridan Centre in September 2012. It is a space dedicated to promoting reading and providing programs aimed at fighting illiteracy, along with giving a sense of belonging to everyone in the community. Operated as the non-profit division of a locally based group called Baby Bookworms and Beyond, programming is funded by corporate and private donations.

Learn more about The Story Garden here!

The Challenge(s)

1) Our organization struggles with fundraising and developing a donor base. We would like to design and implement a fundraising strategy to kick-start our fundraising efforts.

2) Our organization needs to create and implement a marketing campaign to increase program participation and to attract program volunteers.

3) Our organization would like to create a customized data management software (cloud-based, if possible) to track our program families and participation, local elementary & high school connections, our volunteer participation, and our donors.

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, Business and Technology Based and Event Coordination.

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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