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Registration is open for Alternative Reading Week 2022

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Posted November 17, 2021

By Sarah Ryeland Etienne

Alternative Reading Week is back with more opportunities to make meaningful social impact.

Every year, U of T students spend a portion of their winter break immersing themselves in local projects that build a better city. From seniors programs and after-school workshops to outreach and engagement, there are more than 28 projects to choose from – each with its own community-identified priority.

Once registered, students select a project that interests them, and are matched with a group of fellow students and a project leader. Then, over the course of three days in February, teams work together to achieve the goals of that program – all while building relationships and learning more about the needs of the community.

Students who register for Alternative Reading Week commit to attending a virtual orientation session plus three, six-hour days of participation and reflection (depending on the project).

“We’re extremely pleased to be back this year,” says Amina Farah, Coordinator, Co-Curricular Learning. “This program is such an enriching experience for both students and the community. It’s a great way to develop leadership skills and friendships, and to learn more about social issues within the city.”

In 2022, programs are offered both virtually and in person. Alternative Reading Week is also eligible for Co-Curricular Record recognition.

Registration is open until November 30.