Homework Club still accepting applications!

Make sure to sign up for the most fun volunteering experience of your life! 

Homework Club, a Community Action Project, is still accepting applications for a January start! Make sure to sign up now, registration is closing soon.

Spend a few hours a week at the Mt. Dennis Library working with 6-12 year olds. You won’t only be a tutor, you will be someone who is making learning fun for kids! Participating in cool science experiments and fun scavenger hunts, the library will be transformed into a learning oasis!

Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity.

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Student Voices: TDSB Math Tutors

Hi my name is Richard Leung. What makes me interested in being a tutor is that I aspire to be a teacher and to teach Math to high school students. I actually heard about CCP tutoring from one of my profs who taught SMC 313 (Catholic Schools in Ontario). He knew I was interested in being a teacher and thought that it was a great opportunity for me to gain more experience, so he recommended this program to me. Since I always wanted to be a high school math teacher, naturally I was interested. Since Mathematics is one of my majors at U of T, I believed I was capable of being a volunteer math tutor. Throughout my time at U of T, I always helped my friends who were struggling in courses. When I did help them I was able to make a difference and helped them succeed when they believed that they couldn’t. I want to do the same for the high school students I am currently working with.

I currently volunteer in Vaughan Road Academy. When I first arrived, I was greeted warmly by all the teachers and staff there. I was given a tour around the school and it is a very nicely designed school. I’m usually there for the entire school day on Friday (since I have no classes on Friday). The extra work gives me a lot of experience, and there are a lot of situations that I encounter. The guidance counselor calls a student to the guidance office, and I work with students there. Sometimes, I sit in on a class and answer any students questions.

I’ve enjoyed my tutoring experience so far. The students are very respectful and I respect them too. What I have found challenging in this experience is to adjust to what the students are learning. Sometimes, I have to recognize that students do not know as much as I do about a certain topic. It is also challenging to adjust to students in different grade levels and different academic levels (applied, academic, IB etc.). Since they all learn different math concepts at each level , its difficult to switch back and forth between each student’s needs.

Student Voices: Working for Change–Exploring Possibilities in the Non-Profit World

by Cathlin Sullivan*

William Doo Auditorium was abuzz with passion and excitement last Friday October 30th. The annual conference, Working for Change—Exploring Possibilities in the Non-Profit World, took place from 1pm-6pm with excited attendees and panelists alike. Organized by New College, the Career Centre and the CCP, the afternoon was filled with many different ideas and opportunities to learn about working in the non-profit sector.

The afternoon started with keynote speaker Toyin Coker, from Permaculture GTA. They spoke of the possibilities that unfold when you go through life with a positive lens and create the types of communities that you want to live in.

For the morning breakout session I attended Working with the Arts and Social Change. Not only were the panelists inspiring and helpful, but the other attendees were just as inspiring. Together they created an atmosphere of passion and excitement that was palpable. The three panelists came from very different organizations and held very different roles within them. It was great to hear from a variety of professionals, all of whom had knowledge on how to sustain a career working in the arts while still enacting—or at least attempting to enact—social change.

Being someone who has worked in the nonprofit sector in the past, and hoping to continue to do so after graduation, it was refreshing to hear similar frustrations, but it was also incredibly inspiring to hear solutions. All of the panelists that I had the opportunity of interacting with offered plausible solutions to common problems.

One of my favorite moments from the conference though, was at the beginning when we were seated about six to a table. At my table there was a wide variety of students ranging from just starting undergrad to finishing up their PhD. Although there was a small activity that assisted conversation, we were already talking about what we were studying and what we hope to do in the future. It was great to talk to other students who share the same passions.

I would definitely recommend checking out more events and workshops offered through the Career Learning Network.

*First year M.Ed. student at OISE in the Social Justice Education Department

Student Voices: Shoreline Cleanup

Every year U of T hosts a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Read a student group leader’s reflection of the event and be sure to check out http://shorelinecleanup.ca/ for more information.

by Zaid Al-Azzawi

I found out about this day by chance. Elvis told me about it, and I thought to myself it would be a great opportunity to catch up with my orientation group after a week of university.

The day started with us being divided into the groups we signed up as. We were assigned as team Seagulls. I already knew most of my group from orientation week, but we had two new people added to our group, and we got to know each other during the icebreakers period. After icebreakers we had the pleasure of listening to an aboriginal woman, and she told us about the importance of the work we were doing. Then we headed to the busses, and that is when we got our specific instructions.

I was a group leader, so I was responsible for making sure that my entire group knew what we had to do. To be honest, it did not feel as if I was leading, it just felt like I was with my friends working on a Sunday – we all had a common sense of responsibility towards what we were doing that day. We headed to our sector of the shoreline, and we started to clean up. As time passed, the garbage bags we were carrying kept on getting bigger and bigger. After an hour or so, we had already filled our glass container. However, three hours felt like three minutes because for the entire time that we were cleaning up, it was filled with loads of smiles, laughs, and jokes. We even had our own little mini game of guessing what the next trash item we find might be.

At five, we were all gathering at the busses to head back. Before we entered the busses, all the groups put their garbage bags in one pile, and after the last bag was compiled with the rest, everyone was shocked. I don’t think any of us really expected just how much trash we would all end up picking up. It confronted me with a bitter reality that there are many people who do not dispose of their garbage in the appropriate garbage bins.

We all got into the busses and headed back, and on our way back, all my group and I could talk about was how much garbage we actually collected that day, and how much fun we all had although we were all working on a Sunday. It was a truly different and impactful experience, and I learned a lot from it.