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)

Project Title: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel, Online Events

Challenge: Currently a main challenge for our agency is our fundraising events. With Covid-19 we have had to cancel, re-format, and invent new ways to fund-raise. Unfortunately, this means we aren't meeting our fundraising goals for the year. Another challenge is with our virtual programming. Developing new and exciting things for our kids to online.

Project Description: Create an online fundraising event. Create new and innovative events for our youth. Possibly an online training for mentors?

Additional Skills: Open to all students! Students in the following programs have been identified by this community partner:

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Institute of Communication, Culture, Information & Technology

The Project

Starting with the mandatory Social Innovation Project Kick-Off Day on Saturday, October 24th, 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? 

Registration is now open!

1.    Log into CLNx at https://clnx.utoronto.ca/students/overview.htm

2.    Click on “UTORid Login”.

3.    From the navigation menu, go to “Experiential Learning”:

4.    To enroll in the program, select one of the following two options (either a or b):                                                                                                                                    

a. New Student the Experiential Learning Module (i.e. first time participating in an experiential learning program): Click on the “View Available Programs/Courses” button.

b.   Students previously enrolled in any Experiential Program can access the program by clicking on the “View” button” (located in the “Current Experiences” tile), or by clicking directly on the respective tile located to the right of your screen.

5.    In the “Current Experiences” catalogue, select “Social Innovation Project”.

6.    Follow the program instructions on CLNx to officially register and select your project!

Inquiries

For all questions and feedback regarding Social Innovation Projects, please contact:

Michelle Atkinson
Community Engagement Coordinator

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