Community Action Projects
These long-term experiences give you the opportunity to get involved in the community for anywhere from 4 to 10 months. The projects differ based on community organization in terms of location, time (of year, day and commitment).
Tutoring & Mentorship
Why participate in Community Action Projects?
- Learn about working collaboratively in communities
- Build your leadership and communication skills
- Gain valuable hands-on experience in a field that interests you
- Learn to develop a reflective practice
- Complete the program and you can add the experience to your co-curricular record!
The 5 steps for the Community Action Project
- Apply: Check out the list of opportunities below and click on any of them to find out how to apply.
- Prepare: Attend orientation training offered by the CCP AND attend the training that is specific to the organization you will be working with.
- Take action: Work directly with the organization of your choice, building relationships and contributing to a project identified by the community.
- Reflect: Attend reflection sessions facilitated by the CCP in partnership with the project leader and other students involved with your program AND make deeper meaning of your experience.
- Receive recognition: Add the experience to your co-curricular record after completing all of the project requirements
Why do I need a Police Reference Check?
In order to participate in many of the CCP’s programs, volunteers must complete a Police Reference Check and be cleared before they can tutor, mentor, work with seniors or other vulnerable groups. 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 during your interview at the CCP. Forms will be provided at orientation and submitted on your behalf. 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 paperwork can take up to 2 months, which is why we require you to begin the application process at least 2 months before placement.
Because you will be working with children or vulnerable people, all volunteers need to complete a Police Reference Check application to participate.
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.