Our Centre for Community Partnerships (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.
Definition: Community-engaged learning
Community-engaged learning is just what it sounds like: learning that engages the community. In practice, this means that in addition to coursework – or completely outside of the classroom – students spend some time getting involved with a local community organization and contributing to their efforts. Typically there is also training and reflection so that students get the most out of the experience.
There are two basic types of community-engaged learning (aka CEL): academic and co-curricular.
Learn about partnership opportunities.
Partnership with CCP for Alternative Reading Week, a program that runs twice annually, during the University of Toronto’s fall and winter Reading Weeks. The three-day event involves hundreds of students who are assigned to volunteer projects in community organizations.
Community Partner Advisory Committee (CPAC) members are instrumental in supporting the Centre for Community Partnerships (CCP) as it fulfills its mandate. Members contribute ideas and are passionate about education and community partnerships.
Establishing a partnership
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.
Contact Rebecca Wolfe, Coordinator, Community Development at email@example.com.