Dozens of students at U of T Mississauga are staying in town for Reading Week to volunteer with local community organizations.
Just over 70 students are taking part in Alternative Reading Week, an annual three-day program where students are assigned projects with various community organizations in Peel. This year 10 organizations are participating with 11 projects.
Some of the organizations have been partnered with UTM for a number of years, says Michelle Atkinson, community engagement coordinator with the Centre of Student Engagement.
“They are real world projects,” she continues, explaining that organizations come forward with a challenge for students to undertake.
One group of students, for example, is working with The Dam Youth Drop-In Centre preparing for the upcoming Coldest Night of the Year family walk that takes place on Saturday. That same group is also involved with youth programming at the centre.
“They are having a lot of fun hanging out with the youth that are popping into the drop-in centre,” Atkinson says.
Other initiatives include running a tutoring program for Safe City Mississauga, developing a marketing strategy for Caledon Meals on Wheels, and creating a 30-second video about updating phone privacy settings for Caledon Dufferin Victim Services.