Let's Get Together - Social Innovation Project

Lets Get Together. A group of students collaborating.

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Let's Get Together! is a social enterprise that creates opportunities for students, parents, schools and community organizations to access learning resources that support student achievement.

Learn more about Let's Get Together here!

The Challenge(s)

1. Project Title: Let’s Get Together – LGTTechCollect

       Challenge:

Lack of access to funding, we need more support in areas of administration and marketing. Reduced funding sources due to the pandemic, inability to meet clients in person, as well as the uncertainty of the future.

Project Description: An easy to follow plan for the 'LGTTechCollect' Roadshow with work back schedule that a team of 3-4 people can deliver. Students will help create an online reporting system that provides us with a number of computers needed on a quarterly basis and to who (organizations, individuals, etc.). Students on this project will also help design tech collect bins for local businesses.

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

  • Sociology
  • Language Studies
  • Women & Gender Studies
  • Institute of Management & Innovation
  • Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology

 

2. Project Title: Let’s Get Together – Parent/Youth Expo

     Challenge: Lack of access to funding, we need more support in areas of administration       and marketing. Reduced funding sources due to the pandemic, inability to meet clients         in person, as well as the uncertainty of the future.

Project Description: To host a series of 3 half-day online Parent/Student Expo with a majority of the speakers being post-secondary students.  This project would be a follow up to our Parent Expo which we hosted 2 years ago with UTM.  The theme of the event is 'Investing in Myself'. The goal is to run engaging and interactive sessions for middle school and high school students and parents that support healthy, resilient, self-motivated 21st Century Learners.  This would be offered across as many school boards as possible during the day with a lunch and learn program at lunchtime for parents.  The expo would work alongside Let's Get Talking.  We don't have a date set, but perhaps November, January, March.  It would depend on how the COVID-19 situation is impacting the education system. The middle school age youth can be educated through a series of LGTin5 videos.

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

  • Sociology
  • Language Studies
  • Women & Gender Studies
  • Institute of Management & Innovation
  • Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology
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3. Project Title: Let’s Get Together – BEET (Businesses Engaging and Encouraging Teens)

      Challenge:

Lack of access to funding, we need more support in areas of administration and marketing. Reduced funding sources due to the pandemic, inability to meet clients in person, as well as the uncertainty of the future.

Project Description: Businesses Engaging and Encouraging Teens (BEET), is a 5-part program that aims to help build networks and strengthen relationships between local youth and businesses with a goal to educate and assist youth in securing meaningful employment within their community.  We worked with UTM ARW students previously to design a 15-20 hour Youth In Training Program to help better prepare youth 12 - 16 years of age for volunteer and employment opportunities.  We'd like to pilot this program at least twice to use the opportunity to gather data for grant or sponsorship purposes and materials for marketing.  Modules include teamwork, communication, conflict resolution, self-advocacy, goal-setting, knowing yourself, etc.   We've also piloted in-person Youth Information Sessions with Staples in the past but would now like to explore how we can move this session online with some businesses/organizations that provide youth either volunteer or employment opportunities.

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

  • Sociology
  • Language Studies
  • Women & Gender Studies
  • Institute of Management & Innovation
  • Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology
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4.Project Title: Let’s Get Together – LGTin5 Videos

      Challenge: Lack of access to funding, we need more support in areas of administration        and marketing. Reduced funding sources due to the pandemic, inability to meet clients        in person, as well as the uncertainty of the future.

Project Description : We're looking for a team of students who will help us build a library of LGTin5 videos on topics related to education, careers, 21st Century Learner Traits & Attributes, and parenting/supporting youth.  This series aims to bring valuable information to youth and parents from the lived experiences of post-secondary students in only 5 minutes and in various languages.  We started the program this summer and would like to expand our reach to hear from students all across Canada and grow our library of videos.  We'd also like to explore different software or systems that will help make the production of the videos more seamless and more efficient.  Here's an example of one video in English on Note Taking https://youtu.be/kHgtkWqbMBw and another on the Parent/Child relationship https://youtu.be/8tHfEvKgjC0

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

  • Sociology
  • Language Studies
  • Women & Gender Studies
  • Institute of Management & Innovation
  • Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and 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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