The Community Projects Initiative (CPI) – the innovative, reciprocal community development program launched in 2013 through the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Orillia Campus – continues to deliver unique experiential learning environments for students while creating positive social impacts locally and globally.
Students participate in CPI as an alternative to a traditional 14-week field placement, identifying local community issues, creating sustainable solutions and presenting a final project.
The Child and Youth Worker (CYW) students in the program have been tackling a number of projects this semester.
CYW students created and implemented a series of activities to help foster a sense of community within Cumberland Beach Public School. Their final activity, the building of a Unity Tree, brought together all grades as one community working together.
Right to Play
CYW students set out to raise $500 for the Right to Play (RTP) organization. Kyla Murphy (pictured 2nd from left) and Francine Lamontagne (not pictured) worked tremendously hard at collecting donations and networking within the community. Together, with the help of the Orillia Campus faculty, staff and students, they were able to raise $626 – enough to send 12 children through RTP weekly programming for one year!
Working with three youth with developmental disabilities, CYW students implemented a creative art workshop series. The project culminated with a Sensational Art Gallery show on Nov. 27, where parents and staff were able to view the youths’ creations.