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: BIPOC In STEAM Mentorship Program

       Challenge:

Let’s Get Together hopes to enhance their current mentorship program focused on empowering youth mentees aged 12-15 from the BIPOC community to pursue studies in STEAM. The organization currently faces challenges related to: 

 

1. A lack of space for students to drop in, meet other students while working on community-serve projects that advance our mission   

2. A need for additional assistance in social media and traditional marketing   

3. A need for more unwanted computers to refurbish and give to those in need   

4. A need to open more revenue-generating resources 

5. Helping all staff and volunteers maintain a positive and healthy mindset during this period of uncertainty 

Project Description: Students will work toward developing a full-fledged mentorship program while keeping in mind the challenges Let’s Get Together faces – creating curricula, promotional materials for Mentor and Mentee recruitment, and a detailed guide for parents to support their children in the pursuit to study STEAM. Students will present back the details of their proposed program to Let’s Get Together. 

Additional Skills: 

Skills: 

1. Creative thinking   

2. Empathy   

3. Team work  

4. Resourcefulness 

5. Research   

6. Equity lens   

7. Accessibility  

Academic Background: 

Students pursuing degrees in STEAM, but could also be students in Political Science, Indigenous Studies, Sociology, Technology/DEM etc. The skills the mentorship program aims to foster are highly transferable and applicable across disciplines, and so students from diverse backgrounds are welcome and encouraged.   

 

2. Project Title: Let’s Get Together – Research in Supporting Students in Higher Education (Research Stream)

     Challenge: 

Let’s Get Together hopes to enhance their understanding of what supports students need to initiate their pursuit of higher education The organization currently faces challenges related to: 

 

1. A lack of space for students to drop in, meet other students while working on community-serve projects that advance our mission   

2. A need for additional assistance in social media and traditional marketing   

3. A need for more unwanted computers to refurbish and give to those in need   

4. A need to open more revenue-generating resources 

5. Helping all staff and volunteers maintain a positive and healthy mindset during this period of uncertainty 

Project Description:

Students will conduct research on two proposed diagrams relating to supporting students in education.  

The first is a cross-student mentorship diagram. Let’s Get Together hopes to find examples of the diagram/model being used in today's world, developing a better understanding of the benefits that exist when adults are involved in a supporting role and outlining what that role entails, and defining the main nurturing attributes students desire. The second diagram is a proposed model of the current student support network.  The organization would like to learn if this diagram accurately reflects today's students' network, what each group/section needs in order to better support students, if this diagram/model is applicable to all students, and much more.   

Research findings will be reported back to Let’s Get Together so they can implement it as evidence when they apply for grant funding (Trillium Grant, Laidlaw Foundation, United Way, etc.) in order to support our youth-led, youth-focus initiatives promoting the pursuit of higher education.  

Additional Skills:

Skills: 

  • Research skills 

  • Experience doing surveys or running focus groups 

  • Interpersonal skills 

  • Grant writing or general writing skills 

  • Strong communication skills 

 

Academic Background: Open to all academic programs 

 

3. Project Title: Let’s Get Together – Chart your Course Mentorship Program

      Challenge:

Let’s Get Together hopes to introduce a new program that will provide youth from marginalized communities the opportunity to be mentored. The organization currently faces challenges related to: 

 

1. A lack of space for students to drop in, meet other students while working on community-serve projects that advance our mission   

2. A need for additional assistance in social media and traditional marketing   

3. A need for more unwanted computers to refurbish and give to those in need   

4. A need to open more revenue-generating resources 

5. Helping all staff and volunteers maintain a positive and healthy mindset during this period of uncertainty 

Project Description: 

Students will work toward developing and piloting a program called 'Chart your Course' where post-secondary students provide mentorship and career mapping advice to youth (grades 9-11) with a focus on those from marginalized communities. The program will also provide guidance and skill development to better position youth to obtain a scholarship/bursary.  

A general outline of the desired program: Mentors will help Mentees with the following: determining their interests, helping direct and familiarize them with where they can find information on postgraduate studies in their field(s) of interest, help develop a road map that will help them get into that program and make them a competitive applicant. This section also heavily focuses on helping familiarize them with scholarships and bursaries, and what they should do between now and grade 12 to make themselves more competitive for the scholarship/bursary.    

Students will develop a series of workshops and videos that show mentees how to research scholarships, write personal statements, create a scholarship plan.  Students will also develop an online and printable workbook that the mentee/mentor can use to facilitate discussions and record reflections. 

Additional Skills:

Skills: 

  • Experience successfully attaining scholarships 

  • Presentation skills 

  • Program development 

  • Mentorship experiences 

  • Video editing skills 

Academic Background: Open to all academic programs 

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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