Establishing a partnership with CCP
Partnerships between your agency and U of T (through the CCP) can be initiated by either party. The CCP may approach your agency with a proposal from a community-engaged learning course or extra-curricular program. The CCP will also gladly receive project or placement ideas from community agencies. While we cannot guarantee that we can provide students for your request, we will carefully review your project idea and make our best efforts to find the right course or co-curricular program for you to partner with.
The CCP is committed to supporting local community-based and not-for-profit organizations, voluntary sector, school boards and governments in the GTA and Peel Region, in order to strengthen their capacity to serve their clients, develop new initiatives and enhance existing programs. We support community-based organizations by linking student groups and academic courses to community-identified and community-engaged experiences.
We collaborate with community organizations in two primary ways: co-curricular community-engaged learning and academic community-engaged learning.
Academic community-engaged learning
Community organizations offer student placements or projects that relate to students' course content. Academic community-engaged learning, in its optimal form, benefits both the student and the community agency. Your organization benefits from having students work on projects for which you require assistance, while students benefit from the opportunity to bridge theory and practice. Most commonly the CCP will approach your agency with a partnership proposal from a course instructor.
Read more about academic service learning.
See our list of courses currently seeking placements in community organizations.
Co-Curricular community-engaged learning
Co-Curricular community-engaged learning is more than volunteering – it is centred around community-identified needs and projects, and includes structured training and critical reflection for students. Before they volunteer with your organization, students attend training workshops which prepare them to play an active role in addressing the challenges we face in our communities. We also offer an opportunity for students to reflect on their community-based learning experiences so that they may draw deeper meaning, such as the social, cultural, ethical and political dimensions from their community work. Your organization benefits from trained student leaders, while students explore the concepts of learning through engagement, leadership for social change, and community development.
If you have any questions, contact Katie Boomgaardt at email@example.com.