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.
Academic community-engaged learning
Academic community-engaged learning can be described as a “course-based, credit-bearing educational experience that allows students to (a) participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and (b) reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.” Bringle and Hatcher (1995).
Courses seeking partnership
We are currently seeking community partners for several academic service learning courses in 2015-2016: NEW342 Theory and Praxis in Food Security, PCL389 the Role of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Society and POL494 Citizenship, Renewing Civic Engagement. Placement requirements vary among courses.
Alternative Reading Week
Alternative Reading Week is a program that runs annually during the University of Toronto's Reading Week. The three-day event involves 200 students who are assigned to volunteer projects that take place within various community organizations such as yours. Students are expected to complete the full three days of service, and are encouraged to continue being involved after the completion of the event.