Community Action Projects happen throughout the academic year and are a great opportunity to get involved locally. You can share your skills and develop new ones while supporting a Toronto community or organization.  Why not build your co-curricular record while getting hands-on experience in a field that interests you? The projects’ focus, length and location vary depending on the organization and we invite you to explore your options.
 
Our theme and focus in 2018/19 is: Learn With, Learn From, Grow With.

Contents

Benefits Why participate in Community Action Projects?
Five steps The five steps of Community Action Projects
Sign up! Find the best opportunity for you
Community Innovation Projects Learning through problem solving and collaboration
Police check Police reference check & vulnerable sector search (PRC-VSS)
Contact Us Questions? Contact Cherrie Kwok at cherrie.kwok@utoronto.ca

Benefits

Your participation in Community Action Projects is mutually-beneficial for both you and our community partners.

Rooted in principles of reciprocity and respectful relationships, your engagement contributes to ripples of meaningful impact on community-identified priorities and goals.

Not only do Community Action Projects benefit the communities around you, but they also benefit your own learning and development in many ways:

  • Learn deeply about collaborative work in your chosen community setting(s)
  • Gain valuable hands-on experience in a field that interests you
  • Work collaboratively with other U of T students and community organizers
  • Explore the social dynamics and issues in our city
  • Learn to develop a reflective practice in your chosen community setting(s)
  • Build your co-curricular record (CCR)
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The 5 Steps of Community Action Projects

  1. Sign up: Check out the list of community opportunities below
  2. Prepare: Meet with a CCP representative AND attend the training hosted by your chosen community organization
  3. Take action: Engage with the organization of your choice and contribute meaningfully to the community
  4. Reflect: Attend reflection sessions facilitated by the CCP at the end of each semester. This is a great opportunity to connect with other students while sharing and making a deeper meaning of your community experience
  5. Enrich: Add the experience to your co-curricular record (CCR) after completing all of the project requirements
     

Important Dates

Community Action Projects Orientation

  • Friday, September 28, 2018, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
  • Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Room 2155

Note: If you missed the Orientation - not to worry!  You can still participate in Community Action Projects! A CCP representative will set up a one-on-one meeting with you. 

Student Reflection Sessions

  • Tuesday, November 27, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (location TBD)
  • Tuesday, March 26, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (location TBD)

Sign up!

There are many opportunities to choose from! Find the one that’s right for you.

Additional information and registration is available on the individual program pages above.

Other campuses: 

Community Innovation Projects

Community organizations often work under conditions of limited resources and competing priorities. Under such conditions, how can community organizations overcome challenges they’re facing, build capacity and maximize their social impact?  

In Community Innovation Projects, community partners identify a goal, challenge or problem that they would like to address in their organizations, and students work collaboratively (with each other and with the community partners) to develop solutions and present recommendations.

Community Innovation Projects are an opportunity for you to:

  • Work with other students using a multi-disciplinary approach
  • Engage in problem-solving on real-life projects
  • Learn through experience and develop practical skills
  • Develop meaningful connections with community partners

 

Partner Organization: Regent Park Community Food Centre 

Interested in community gardening and urban agriculture? Why not join us in partnering with Regent Park Community Food Centre to work on an exciting pilot project involving children and youth?

Student teams will create an urban agriculture activity book for an afterschool program. The activity book will illustrate the process of gardening and harvesting food.

All students are welcomed to participate regardless of academic background, particularly those with an interest in project-based research and creative work.

Applications are now closed. 

 

Police check

In order to participate in CALC and Story Planet (no police check is required for SciHigh), volunteers must complete a Police Reference Check and be cleared.

This is known as Police Reference Check + Vulnerable Sector Search (PRC-VSS) clearance, and is standard procedure for anyone working with vulnerable people.

You can fill out a police check application form when you meet with one of our coordinators. 

You are able to start your placement once you receive your results, which are mailed directly to you at the address you provide on the Consent to Disclose Form. 
 
The PRC-VSS letter containing your results is not sent directly to the agency or to the University of Toronto. Having a criminal record does not necessarily disqualify you from consideration for a position. If you choose to disclose your PRC details to the community partner, your application will be still be considered. Final decisions rest with the community partner.

Contact Us

For questions or further information, please contact Cherrie Kwok at cherrie.kwok@utoronto.ca