Georgian College Human Services and Community Safety students tackle tough social challenges in the Community Impact Lab in Orillia, Ontario. They work with local non-profits and community partners to develop solutions to issues like homelessness and youth disengagement.
Most recently, students tackled the issue of food insecurity through a project called #NOURISH. They worked with non-profits to examine the issue through the lens of their clients and ideated possible solutions.
Their work resulted in starvethestigma.ca, a collection of ideas and initiatives that individuals and organizations can pilot or adapt in their own communities.
Included in the repository are eight projects completed by the students. Among them, a pre-school social story kit, digital food map, and an ethnic food wayfinding system. The students shared these projects at Research, Scholarship and Innovation Day – an annual event held each spring at the college to celebrate the work of students and staff.
“The goal of the repository is to start local and regional conversations about food insecurity and to inspire people to take action,” says Nicole Norris, one of the instructors who oversaw the project. “You can adapt a project, mash up a few or share what you’re doing to starve the stigma in your own community.”
This year, students will focus their efforts on social isolation. “Our goal is to produce grads who are changemakers, able to use social entrepreneurial skills to transform their workplaces and communities,” adds Nicole. “Our hope is to effect positive change through these kinds of projects, and innovative research and curriculum.”
“Our goal is to produce grads who are changemakers, able to use social entrepreneurial skills to transform their workplaces and communities,” adds Nicole. “Our hope is to effect positive change through these kinds of projects, and innovative research and curriculum.”
Georgian is Canada’s first and only changemaker college, designated by Ashoka U. Learn more about what students are up to at GeorgianCollege.ca/changemaker.