Georgian students help transform communities
April 13, 2015

A young man and woman hold a plaque.

Students Dan Bingham and Kait Sutton, Right to Play team.

Through the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Georgian students are helping to transform the community for the greater good.

Seven groups of Child and Youth Worker and Early Childhood Education students partnered with non-profits this semester to develop local – and creative – solutions to some of today’s most pressing social challenges.

They gathered today at the Orillia Campus to share their learning and success.

The event followed on the heels of presentations made by Social Service Worker students last week (see story).


Right to Play: Along with raising funds estimated to support 108 children worldwide, students engaged close to 400 local children and youth in training and activities to encourage physical activity.

Start Talking About Coping and Drugs/Canadian Mental Health Association: Students designed and produced resources and tools for youth to better cope with transitional stressors without turning to substance use or abuse. As a result of this project, more than 200 youth and community members were provided with care packages to promote positive coping strategies.

Ardtrea Cumberland Beach Public School: Students created a family resource calendar, brought motivational speakers to the school and held three successful fundraisers. Their activities focused on anti-bullying, citizenship and conflict resolution.

St. Monica’s Catholic School: Students organized a one-day event on inclusion and inspiring empathy toward those with different abilities. The event was such a success that the school plans to run it annually.

Youth Connected – OPP Youth Foundation: Students worked hard to raise awareness of cyber-bullying and the dangers of sexting – creating brochures, door hangers, a social media campaign and running an interactive booth.

Township of Severn: Students focused on increasing promotion and registration for recreational programs offered by the Township of Severn. The end result was a carefully researched proposal and the development of two prospective programs.

Duke of Edinburgh Orillia: Students recruited 12 new members of the club, held four promotional booths and created a club package for high schools. They participated in a heritage event for the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag and inspired others to map out a plan for how to create and achieve personal goals.