Big Brothers Big Sisters Peel - Social Innovation Project

Big Brothers Big Sisters Peel. Students collaborating on a project.

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Many children and youth in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives like detrimental living conditions, family violence, risk factors for mental health, school issues and identity challenges. These circumstances have nothing to do with the value of who they are or who they can become, but because of these situations, children and youth risk not having the opportunity to live up to their full potential. Even worse is the possibility of continuing cycles of poverty and crime or developing mental health issues. This comes at a cost to the young person, and to society.

With the guidance and support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth are reminded they can be anything they dream of being.

Learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters Peel here!

The Challenge(s)

Challenge:

Volunteer recruitment and retention at UTM for both on-campus groups and off-campus school-based programs.

Project Idea:

Developing a recruitment and retention strategic plan for both on-campus and off-campus volunteer opportunities for UTM students. Looking for students to do some research, video filming and editing capability, funding ideas for social media promotion, and content ideas. Contact lists, professors, promotional material (brochure/flyer) for UTM programs, and timeline, Instagram graphics etc. Resources that can be used each year. Possibility to plan an event around recruitment and mentorship.  

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 YouthPhysical Community Development and Health Related.

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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