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)

1) Volunteer retention is a vital part of BBBSP. We need to shake things up and find out how to keep volunteers interested to stay as long as possible. We need a team to find out new and exciting things we can do to keep volunteers engaged and appreciated.

2) A lot of our teens are getting ready to graduate high school and we are looking at ways to strengthen leadership skills and educate them more on “university life”.

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.

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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