Community Day events & discussions
Welcome to short term engagement programs! Programs include: Community Days, mini Community Days, Community Conversations and Connections Series, and CCP’s Monthly Mingles!
These single day opportunities embody action for social change and provide a platform for even the busiest student to get involved! Whether it’s a two-hour discussion or five hours of volunteering at a local organization, it’s a great opportunity to learn outside of the classroom, connect with other U of T students, and explore the local socio-political context in Toronto.
Our theme and focus in 2016/17 is: Learn From, Learn With
AND ACTION! A Youth Directed Community Media Production Series
MENTOR LOCAL YOUTH THIS SUMMER AND FALL IN THE CREATION OF MEDIA! Support youth to tell diverse narratives as they explore Canada's 150th. Focusing on topics like history, democracy and justice while supporting the production of blogs, podcasts, film and more!
Summer 2017 (June - August): 12 U of T students will engage local youth programs and summer camps in Toronto. The goal for U of T students is to meet with the same group of youth weekly (for the duration of July) and facilitate their process of creating scripts in preparation for making TV/Radio; U of T students will work in teams of 3 at each designated site. Training will be done a weekly basis in June. The culmination of the summer program will involve a 'production day' at Regent Park Focus studios in the making of TV or Radio in August. Regent Park Focus talent will edit the videos and share them with the respective groups for screening/airing. Commitment: approx. 4 hours weekly from June to August.
Register for Summer now
September - November
Fall 2017 (September - November): 24 U o fT students will engage local high school and elementary school students. The goal for U of T students is to meet with the same class weekly (for the duration of November) and facilitate their process of creating scripts in preparation for making TV/Radio; U of T students will work in teams of 3 at each designated school/class. Training will be done a weekly basis in October. The culmination of the fall program will involve a 'production day' at Regent Park Focus studios in the making of TV or Radio in late November/first week of December. Regent Park Focus talent will edit the videos and share them with the respective groups for screening/airing. Commitment: approx. 4 hours weekly from late Sept to early Dec.
Register for Fall now
Community Days Winter Term 2017
January 25, 2 – 6:30 p.m.
- Support local youth in after school programs with St. Albans Boys and Girls Clubs
February 16, 3:30 – 8 p.m.
- Engage seniors in fun activities with the Kensington Health Centre.
- Meet inside the Koffler House main foyer, 569 Spadina Ave. at 3:30 p.m.
- Transportation and snacks provided.
- Details: We'll hear from Kensington Health Centre professionals to gain some context and then participate in pre-planned activities that aim to engage and bring a smile to the faces of the residents.
March 22, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Welcome newcomers from two organizations (University Settlement and the Newcomer Centre of Peel) to campus.
- Spend the morning/early afternoon chatting with our guests about your experience as a U of T student, joining a walk-about on campus, and sharing lunch.
- Please meet at the Main Activity Hall inside the Koffler House (2nd Floor, 569 Spadina Ave) at 9:30 a.m.
- Register with Student Life Events Calendar or with Facebook
Community Days are single day (a few hours, half a day, or a full day) for U of T students to get involved and take action for social change. Community Days involve going off campus and entering communities or welcoming community leaders and members on campus. If this will be your first time working with a local community organization or if you’ve been involved before, you are welcome to join our collective effort to make a positive contribution to the City of Toronto… one day at a time!
Community Days’ Summary:
- Minimum of 10 U of T students participate in each Community Day. Beyond that, size will be specified in ranges (i.e. 15 – 20)
- Each Community Day is preceded by a short day-of orientation and an email confirmation that includes OPTIONAL preparation (reading material)
- Each Community Day involves a followup reflection activity; this can be a short discussion at the end of the day and/or a series of reflection questions sent in the following days (via email)
- Once a month (except during exam months: December and April)
- Registration always required
- All Community Days are CCR (Co-Curricular Record) validated (once reflection responses are received)
- NOTE: Some Community Days require mandatory participation in a planning session before the Community Day; this will always be specified
- Transportation and snacks always provided
In addition to the above, there are also mini Community Days that pop up on shorter notice and involve a smaller group of students (5 – 9).
Check in weekly for upcoming opportunities!
Annual Tri-campus Shoreline Cleanup – Saturday, September 24
THANK YOU to the more than 150 students that participated in 2016! Read about the efforts of U of T students featured in the Toronto Star.
2015 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
On September 20th the Centre for Community Partnerships and Multi-Faith Centre brought volunteers to clean the Toronto shores of Lake Ontario.
Thank you to all our volunteers for coming out and contributing to one of the largest direct action conservation programs. Together we picked up over 5000 cigarette butts, bags of garbage, sharps and recyclables. With help from the U of T community we were able to clear waste and restore the beautiful shoreline.
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup happens every year. Make an impact in your local community by joining the cleanup next year. You can help make people aware of the harmful effects of shoreline litter on both fragile aquatic ecosystems and people. For more information about the cleanup, visit Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup website for more details.
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 1 - 6 p.m.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Conversations and Connections Series
Monthly opportunity for U of T students, staff, and community leaders to connect in small groups and one-on-one.
Students are invited to ask community leaders questions, learn about their work, and gain insight on how to get involved with/find work in the not-for-profit sector.
Community Leaders for the Winter Term 2017:
- Elvia-Maria Penate - Settlement Worker/LGBTQ Youth Worker: Griffin Centre
- Tyler Pennock - Provincial Youth Outreach Worker: Anishnawbe Health Toronto
- Zainab Godwin - Program Manager: For Youth Initiative
- Orit Adose - Hub Coordinator: St. Jamestown Community Corner
- Terence Velox - Program Manager: Newcomer Centre of Peel
The above community leaders will attend all three sessions.
Final session on March 23 at the Peace Lounge from 5 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner provided.
mini Community Days
mini Community Days are just that, miniature versions of our Community Days.
Some of our community partners have requests in response to more immediate needs (with respect to time) and we want to honour those opportunities!
The defining qualities of a mini Community Day:
- Shorter time with respect to notice (you may find out about an opportunity only days before)
- Smaller groups; typically the group supporting this will be between 5 and 9 students
- Abbreviated process with respect to time commitments of the day, preparation, and reflection.
- Again, it’s just a miniature version!