Access Initiatives

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Registration for Access Initiatives is open. Sign up to volunteer for this opportunity here.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.                       - Benjamin Franklin

What are Access Initiatives?

Education is a powerful tool to inspire tomorrows brightest minds. It supports the growth, development and well-being of youth and reduces social inequalities. Access Initiatives are opportunities created in partnership with local schools and community organizations to engage youth in seeing the value of Post-Secondary Education (PSE).

Access Initiatives ensure that all youth and young adults- regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status realize their potential and access their own unique pathways to quality education. As an Access Initiatives volunteer, you will have the opportunity to help empower:

  • Youth to set academic and personal goals and have confidence in their future
  • Youth to be motivated to pursue PSE programs by reducing barriers and creating opportunities with UTM students, staff and faculty
  • Parents and families to support their youth in PSE attainment.

Partners and Projects for 2019-2020

Learn more about our current partners and projects by clicking the links below:

  • All SySTEMs Go Days A two-day event filled with fun, interactive and educational workshops and activities aimed at inspiring young girls to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and math.
  • Indigenous Initiatives- Various on and off-campus activities that create new insights on Indigenous knowledge, histories and cultures. These initiatives explore our spiritual understanding, self-awareness and agency to promote equality and inclusiveness from an Indigenous lens within UTM and the broader community.
  • Girls and Women in Sports Day- We all have a part to play! Girls and Women in Sports Day breaks barriers to participation by changing the rules of the game to ensure young girls participate and are empowered to make a difference in sports.
  • STEAM Days- Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) day are facilitated by UTM students, groups and faculty to inspire youth in unleashing their curiosity in STEAM. Through challenging and fun activities, youth put their creative thinking into action to solve real-world problems!

Building Partnerships

To develop new initiatives, we encourage partners in the community to connect with us to explore ways we can work together to provide these opportunities at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and in the local community.

We invite schools, parents and families, local community organizations, and UTM community mentors and student groups to explore how we can work together.

If you are interested in partnering with the Centre for Student Engagement on Access Initiatives, please fill out this form.

Volunteer Sign Up

There are a few steps before you can officially volunteer for Access Initiatives. Please follow the steps below:

  1. Fill out the Volunteer With Us page.
  2. Attend training session(s), which will be communicated to you once you sign up.

There are limited spaces for each project. Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please continue to check our website regularly for upcoming opportunities!

This experience is approved on the UofT Co-Curricular Record!

Inquiries

For all questions and feedback regarding Access Initiatives, please contact:

Martin Kengo
Community Engagement Coordinator, Access and Outreach

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