Check out an upcoming “Community Talks” event

The Centre for Community Partnerships presents “Community Talks,” a series of four panels and interviews focused on how nonprofit organizations are responding to the pandemic and what we can learn from their experiences.   

The student-facilitated online panels are open to all students who are interested in learning more about the nonprofit sector, their responses to the pandemic, and how to get involved in future. Each panel or interview will conclude with a question period for students to contribute to the conversation. Please email Catie at catie.thompson@utoronto.ca if you have any questions.  

Community Talk 1: Engaging Youth During the Pandemic  

Thursday, February 4th from 6:00 – 7:00pm ET  

Nonprofit organizations play a critical role in supporting the extracurricular development of youth around the city. Whether it be through creative writing workshops, STEM clubs, or mentorship programs, each organization offers unique opportunities for youth to remain engaged outside of the classroom. 
 
Come hear from panelists from Story Planet, Visions of Science, and Youth Assisting Youth to learn more about their responses to the pandemic. Attendees will learn about the work of each organization, as well as how they have had to modify their programing and techniques in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.    

To learn more and to register for the Zoom meeting, please go to the following link on CLNx:   

https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=30356

Community Talk 2: Advocacy through Education   

Tuesday, February 9th from 3:00 – 4:30pm ET 

Education is considered one of the strongest drivers of social mobility, and it is strongly tied to future success. Come learn how two nonprofit organizations are working to educate and mentor youth who have been involved with the criminal justice system and how they have pivoted their programing in the pandemic.  

This panel will feature community experts from Amadeusz, a non-profit organization supporting young incarcerated people in pursuing education, and Shift Happens, a coaching program that helps young individuals nurture core skills of social and emotional intelligence, goal setting, and more. 

To learn more and to register for the Zoom meeting, please go to the following link on CLNx: 

https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=30359

Community Talk 3: Challenges and Opportunities in Virtual Education During the Pandemic  

Friday, February 12th from 12:00 – 1:30pm ET  

The current global pandemic has forced many education-focused organizations and institutions to drastically restructure their programming. While online delivery of teaching has provided some new opportunities for learners, the virtual learning environment has also exposed many existing inequities within our education systems.  

In an interview with Anna Tran, Co-Founder and Director of Operations at the Parsec Youth Network, we will discuss ways in which tutoring programs have responded to the pivot to virtual delivery. Join us to hear about ways nonprofit education organizations are supporting learners in the pandemic, and how we can support enacting systemic change from the experiences of the learners accessing tutoring services today.   

To learn more and to register for the Zoom meeting, please go to the following link on CLNx:  

https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=30436

Community Talk 4: Ageism, Person-Centered Care and Intergenerational Solidarity  

Date TBD  

The aged in our society face a complex array of stereotypes, negatively impacting their overall health and well-being. To create more equitable outcomes for the elderly, Kensington Health’s Second Mile Club provides innovative programming that is attentive to their physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs.   

In an interview with Rebecca Buttigieg, Program Coordinator at Kensington Health, we will explore the organization’s holistic person-centered approach and the challenges associated with delivering programming online in the pandemic. We will also explore what intergenerational solidarity means and what we can do to facilitate the inclusion of older adults into society. 

More information and registration to join the Zoom meeting will be on CLNx soon!   


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