Community Action Projects
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)
The 5 Steps of Community Action Projects
- Sign up: Check out the list of community opportunities below
- Prepare: Attend orientation offered by the CCP AND attend the training hosted by your chosen community organization
- Take action: Engage with the organization of your choice and contribute meaningfully to the community
- 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
- Enrich: Add the experience to your co-curricular record (CCR) after completing all of the project requirements
Community Action Projects Orientation
- Friday, September 28, 2018, 4:30pm to 7:30pm
- Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Room 2155
Student Reflection Sessions
- November 2018 and March 2019
- Time and Location TBA
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
The Regent Park Community Food Centre is a partnership between CRC and Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC), a national organization that’s driving the development of Community Food Centres across the country.
It builds on CRC’s history of serving the community by expanding its meal, advocacy, food skills, park coordination, and gardening programs.
It uses the principles of the Community Food Centre model of creating a space where the community can come together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food.
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. Alternatively, forms will be provided at orientation and submitted on your behalf.