Access Initiatives

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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.

Partners and Projects for 2020-2021

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

  • STEAM Days at UTM- 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!
  • 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.
  • Access Days: Guarantees to inspire, inform and engage future students by providing a first-hand feel for UTM's outstanding facilities, beautiful grounds, and an insider's perspective on life at UTM- with the ultimate goal of enabling students in their pursuit of post-secondary education.

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

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.

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!


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

Martin Kengo
Community Engagement Coordinator, Access and Outreach
Tomike Babajide
Community Engagement Coordinator: Access & Inclusion Programs

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