Moyo Health and Community Services - Social Innovation Project

Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN). A group of students collaborating on a project.

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For over two decades, Moyo Health and Community Services (formerly the Peel HIV/AIDS Network) has provided a growing array of health promotion, education, social and support services for people living with HIV, their families, partners and community members. Through collaborative efforts and effective service delivery, Moyo has become the leading HIV/AIDS service provider for the Region of Peel’s 3 distinctive communities of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.

Learn more about Moyo Health and Community Services here!

The Challenge(s)

Moyo Health and Community Services Gamefication Education

Challenge: COVID related transitions for programs; in-person to digital content. Supporting clients in a meaningful way online; need to identify what this looks like as we continue in a post COVID era - As programs are delivered online increasingly, what in-person alternatives exist for communities while social distancing themselves in the wake of digital overload.

 Moyo will be working with the team and a community partner to build the team's capacity in the following areas in Digital Storytelling. Specifically around the following topics; Choosing your story or subject matter, Elements of story-crafting, Drafting, revising and editing stories, Performance and recording. These skills will allow the team to work with Moyo and the broader community to support the final project deliverables.

Project Description: Every year Moyo HCS, leads an HIV Awareness campaign to support education on HIV and HIV prevention strategies from an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and anti-stigma lens. We continue to explore campaigns that are positively framed and person-centered.  We wish to work with the next UTM SIP cohort to support the design, implementation, and evaluation of an HIV/AIDS Education Campaign using gamification. This would involve the development of a short video clip that promotes HIV awareness, HIV Prevention strategies etc. The video would have to include community champions and workers at Moyo engaging in art and advocacy with key prevention messaging. We recognize that viral videos have the ability to engage folks in effective learning. The gamification component of this campaign would involve Moyo’s clip challenging other organizations in Peel Region and the broader GTA to do the video better. We would introduce a small reward to the winning video. Videos would be featured on YouTube.  These activities would have to be completed in Dec 2020. From Dec 2020 – March 2021, students would look at the qualitative and quantitative effectiveness of the campaign, evaluating its effectiveness, and finally reporting on it.  

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

  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology
  • Political Science  
  • Sociology  
  • Visual Studies 
  • Psychology  
  • Anthropology 

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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