Family Services of Peel

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Family Services of Peel was established in 1971 as a non-profit, registered charitable organization to provide family and community support services for the people of Peel.

As a multi-service agency, we provide professional counselling, educational programs, employment support services, support for people with developmental disabilities and their families, as well as support for victims of violence and abuse.

Sensitive to cultural and social diversity, Family Services of Peel is a community-based agency that works to strengthen families, couples and individuals through guidance, coaching, mentoring, education and support.

To ensure the highest standards of care for our clients and community, we have experienced, qualified, and skilled professionals who work from a person centred anti-oppression, anti-racism framework.

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The Challenge(s)

1. Project Title:  Mobile Sext Trafficking Prevention (Project Stream) 

Challenge: The Peel Institute on Violence Prevention is growing at a rapid pace to be able to meet the full demands of our community in the Region of Peel. As a result of this rapid growth, the organization faces a shortage of volunteers capable of supporting their program to the highest degree. Family Service of Peel is looking for students to support them in their current project of working with pairs of mother and youth daughters who are recent immigrants to Canada from racialized communities. 
Project Description: Students will work toward developing a program that will be a mobile, comprehensive, accessible, and coordinated model of services and programs for survivors of human sex trafficking and their families. The services and programs that students will be working on are confidential, racially and culturally sensitive, and language-accessible. Clinical, counseling, and support services will be made available to survivors of human sex trafficking in the Region of Peel (Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon). In working on this project, students will conduct research on the existing Family Services of Peel program and assist in creating new marketing materials in the form of a new website and social media presence for the program. 

Additional Skills:  

Skills: 

  • Strong /moderate graphic design, website design and marketing experience 

  • Experience with social media management 

  • Ability to work independently 

  • Strong organization and interpersonal skills 

Academic Background: 

Currently enrolled in the programs such as Business (marketing), Gender studies, Graphic design, website design 

2. Project Title:  Research in Gender Roles, Sexuality, and Women’s Migration Experience (Research Stream)

Challenge: The Peel Institute on Violence Prevention is growing at a rapid pace to be able to meet the full demands of our community in the Region of Peel. As a result of this rapid growth, the organization faces a shortage of volunteers capable of supporting their program to the highest degree. Family Service of Peel is looking for students to support them in their current project of working with pairs of mother and youth daughters who are recent immigrants to Canada from racialized communities. 

Project Description: Students will work toward conducting research on issues of gender roles and sexuality as well as their impact as it relates to women’s experience of migration. Students will document and examine the part that mothers and older women play as role models and transmitters of the cultural view of sexuality and gender roles to younger women and girls. Students will write a final report alongside Family Service of Peel staff while also performing analysis of relevant data literature they come across during the research process  

Additional Skills:  

Skills: 

  • Able to research and collect data throughout our program and focus groups, help conduct structured interviews or other project-specific methodology. 

  • Strong oral/written communication skills to discuss and document research progress and edit materials for publication and presentation 

  • Able to schedule organize and report on the status of research activities 

  • Ability to work independently and in a small team 

  • Strong organization and interpersonal skills 

Academic Background: Current enrolment in undergraduate and graduate studies programs such as gender studies, sociology, and psychology with some experience in the subject matter of the research. 

The Project

Starting with the mandatory Social Innovation Project Kick-Off Day on Saturday, Oct. 23rd, 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 

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.   Under 'Courses/Programs' select 'View' and then select 'Social Innovation Project Fall/Winter 2021/22) and click 'Apply' 

5.    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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