Have you seen these yet? Talking Walls: Student Voices

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Talking Walls: Student Voice Exhibition 

Amidst the dim corridors of Hart House hung this exhibition organized by one of our very own, Jody Chan.

“Our hope is that students will see how important their voice becomes when they speak together with others who are sharing their experiences. As you are walking by and viewing the work, please grab a pen, share your thoughts, and be a part of the conversation – this piece would not exist without all of YOUR voices!”

This exhbit will be up until this THURSDAY! Come by and see what our fellow students have said/written!

How would you have answered the questions? Share with us your thoughts, opinions and ideas! We’d love to hear them 🙂

 

 

 

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Health Out Loud

We are searching for people who are genuinely passionate about community engagement, health literacy and building a movement!

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Health Out Loud (an official CCP community partner) is recruiting ambitious leaders to be on our managing team. You will gain experience working with students, faculty & professionals to develop chapters across Ontario!

– There are diverse volunteer/internship opportunities including: in grant writing, management and photography.
– Working with us also allows you to network with high-profile leaders, manage a large multi-thousand dollar budget and connect with 1000+ like-minded people! Learn more about our organization: https://www.facebook.com/health.out.loud.npo/info

 

How to apply:
1) Please read the ‘information page’ for instructions to apply.
2) Please open the position-specific documents for a detailed role description.

Visit our web page with recruitment information: http://www.healthoutloud.org/new/

Direct link to recruitment documents: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/x9j7oeej7k3h4ke/AAC3DZBgapRFVy3XUSX0MwCma?dl=0

 

Let’s Talk Toronto: Toronto’s Vital Signs Panel

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Last Wednesday, Oct. 15th, 2014, during the Let’s Talk Toronto Panel focusing on the recently released Toronto’s Vital Signs Report, the President & CEO of Toronto Foundation, Rahul K. Bhardwaj said something that struck me:

“Toronto was a city built on immigration and it will continue to flourish through immigration.”

Like many Torontonians such as myself, I am proud to call Toronto my home largely because of its vast diversity of ethnic cultures, spaces and environmental landscapes. Prior this event as well as others leading up to it, I didn’t necessarily appreciate Toronto beyond its unique multiculturality. Though I still find this quality very significant and relevant to what it means to live in Toronto, reading the report also helped me recognize that Toronto, as a “World Class City,” is a product of live interactions between the challenges that inherently comes with every city structure and the solutions-no innovations-that our fellow Torontonians are continuously coming up with.

The report does not only illustrate the positive improvements we have made around the city, but also puts forth challenges between Toronto neighbourhoods and individuals living within the city. It is evident that there are still some work to be done to make Toronto a greater city, and more importantly a city that we will continually be proud to call our home. The Toronto’s Vital Signs enables us to have a broad idea of how the city may doing, yet how may we use the information presented on the report to further our understanding of the issues plaguing our neighbourhoods? And how can we help inspire others and ourselves to start/continue civic engagement? How may we generate conversations and develop initiatives within or beyond our communities?

10659289_1561177100771954_4658331401990455155_n-2Let’s Talk Toronto’s inaugural discussion is happening tomorrow, Oct. 22nd, 2014 at Multi-Purpose room located in the Koffler House from 4-6pm! Join us as we continue this conversation on Youth Civic Engagement and the up-coming elections!
Written by Kaye Caronongan, Promotions & Communications Assistant, CCP Work-study

COEN

IMG_9848Hi everyone! My name is Mohamad Sami Alkanafani and I’m the Special Projects & Programs Assistant at Chestnut Residence. Recently I attended the Community Outreach and Engagement Network Fall Gathering organized by the Centre for Community Partnerships. It gave me an opportunity to learn more about our campus and the resources available to both students and campus organizations. It was a great opportunity because I met a lot of people from the CCP and campus clubs, I got great ideas and I made a lot of new friends.

I’m in my third year of Mechanical Engineering at UofT. Last summer I realized that I’m almost halfway done with my undergraduate degree and I haven’t even seen all of campus yet and I haven’t done THAT much with regards to extra-curricular activities. This made me realize that I will never make the most out of my time at UofT without stepping out of my comfort zone. And that’s exactly what I did. I attended events and joined organizations I found interesting even if I didn’t know anyone there.

This year I’m an executive member of the UofT Refugee Alliance and the Arabs in Engineering group, which I helped set up this September. I’m also a member of the Sustainable Engineers Association and the Baja SAE club at UofT. It feels great to be involved in many organizations because you get to make the most of your university experience, meet new people and learn so many new things.

The CCP has a great team and they’re connected to many organizations and clubs at UofT. They work with clubs that engage with the community, social justice and equity issues and they connect clubs that work with art, poverty/income disparity, sports and so many more community outreach focuses.

I realized that we have so many exciting things on campus that I’ve never even heard of! There are students working with international NGOs from all over the globe, there are students who have their own fashion lines and we have clubs for almost anything you can think of really! There is so much to do, we just have to get out there and join! You will never regret leaving your comfort zone to learn something new; it always pays off.

UofT has great opportunities thanks to organizations like the CCP, the Centre for International Experiences and many more. I advise you to go out there, join clubs and organizations, make new friends, go to new places, and learn new things. It’s the best part of university. Make sure you read about the CCP and join their initiatives. Everyone always says that their time at university was the best time ever, make yours count!

Living Leadership

Get Involved! Community Outreach & Engagement Network

Are you a member of a student group that is passionate about social justice and community engagement? Have you ever wanted to connect with other student groups at U of T who share your goals?

The Community Outreach & Engagement Network (COEN) started a year ago because of the overwhelming number of people who answered yes to both of those questions. The Centre for Community Partnerships facilitates this network, with the hope of helping students connect with each other and find ways to collaborate.

COEN will be meeting four times throughout the year, with the first meeting happening from 3-7pm on October 3. Two of the meetings will consist of student group networking and facilitated discussions, while the other two will give students and community partners a chance to meet and build relationships with each other.

These are just a couple of the student groups that will be members of COEN this year, with a short description of just a tiny fraction of the amazing work they do:

  • O.L.D. is an organization dedicated to promoting the educational and recreational values of origami to U of T students and the wider community. During the year, F.O.L.D. provides monthly workshops and maintains partnerships with several hospitals in the area, including Toronto Western Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children.
  • Frontier College Literacy at U of T is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for students to volunteer with Frontier College’s programs on the development of skills in basic literacy, numeracy and English as a Second Language for elementary, secondary, and adult learners. At U of T St. George, Frontier College runs 6 different programs at 4 locations around downtown Toronto.
  • Health Out Loud is a student group at U of T dedicated to promoting dialogue about health from a multi-dimensional perspective. Health Out Loud organizes various events throughout the year to inspire students to learn about health and form their own opinions about the future of health in Canada.

 

If COEN sounds like an opportunity that you and your group would be interested in this year, you can register for the newsletter to receive updates on upcoming meetings and events at eepurl.com/Y4C4r, or go to ccp.utoronto.ca/Students/Community-Engagement-for-Student-Groups.htm for more information.