Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg - Information for Partner Organizations

Request for Proposals: Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg 2017-18

Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg is looking for 3-day project proposals for groups of 2-6 students.

Through the hands-on project, we hope to assist community organizations with their work, while also giving students an opportunity to learn about your organization, local social justice challenges and solutions, and their role in social change.

The projects will take place during Reading Week, which runs February 20-22, 2018.

Students are expected to contribute 15-20 hours over three days in one of the following time slots:

  • Morning: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Afternoon/Evening: 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Previous projects have included:

  • Facilitation of healthy lifestyle workshops for elementary school students
  • Facilitation of afterschool sports programming
  • Data entry and analysis for a community survey
  • Social programming for senior citizens
  • Logistical support for the planning of a charity race
  • Redevelopment of human rights workshops

Your roles and responsibilities as a partner organization include:

  • Work remotely with the CSL Coordinator to finalize the placement
  • Attend a Community Needs Fair to share the project and other volunteer opportunities
  • Assign a contact person who will act as a mentor and supervisor
  • Meet with the student leader to discuss organization needs
  • Provide the students with an orientation and tour of your agency (Feb 20, 2018)
  • Provide the space and resources for the project work (Feb 20-22, 2018)
  • Mentor and supervise the students (Feb 20-22, 2018)
  • Meet with the CSL Coordinator to assess the partnership

Planning Phase – December 2017 - January 2018
Implementation Phase – February 20-22, 2018
Evaluation Phase – February - March 2018

Project Proposal Form (docx)

Please submit your proposal via email by Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 11:59 p.m..

Contact Information
anny.chen@umanitoba.ca
204-474-6992
Web: http://umanitoba.ca/student/studentlife/servicelearning/ARWW.html


What is Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg?

A weeklong service-learning program where students carry out a project identified by a community organization, and learn more about social and economic challenges and solutions in our city. The program has two main components: six weeks of community leadership training and the 3-day service-learning placement at the community organizations.

Who organizes this program?

Community Service-Learning at the University of Manitoba facilitates the program in partnership with the University of Manitoba Student Union. A full-time CSL Coordinator, a student program assistant, and a gropu of student leaders make up the team.

What is community service-learning?

Community service-learning is an experiential approach to education that integrates service in the community with facilitated learning activities, such as social justice education and reflection.

Who are the students that participate in Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg?

Mostly undergraduate U of M students from a variety of faculties and disciplines.

Is there any training provided to the students?

Prior to their participation students take part in 15 hours of training facilitated by U of M staff, and will also engage in 3 more hours of project assessment following Reading Week. The partner organization is responsible for arranging an orientation for the participating students.

When does Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg take place?

Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg happens during Reading Week, with a 3-day placement at the partner organization from February 20-22, 2018. Students will have already participated in five weeks of community leadership training, and taken part in a social exchange with University of Western Ontario students who also have their ARW programming in Winnipeg. After the 3-day placement, students also attend a large group session at Winnipeg Harvest to learn about local perspectives on food security and poverty, and take part in a final meeting to debrief their experience and assess the projects.

Which community organizations have partnered with you?

During the past 7 years, we have partnered with a variety of organizations, including:

  • N.E.E.D.S. Inc.
  • D’Arcy’s A.R.C.
  • Big Brothers  Big Sisters of Winnipeg
  • Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre
  • Spence Neighbourhood Association
  • Winnipeg Harvest
  • Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Manitoba Council for International Cooperation
  • Art City

What happens if my proposal is accepted?

You will be contacted by the CSL Coordinator to arrange a meeting. At that point, a schedule will be established with your organization to co-develop the project placements.

  • Planning Phase – December 2017 - January 2018
  • Implementation Phase – February 20-22, 2018
  • Evaluation Phase – February - March 2018

Project Proposal Form (docx)

Please submit your proposal via email by Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 11:59 p.m..

Contact Information
anny.chen@umanitoba.ca
204-474-6992
Web: http://umanitoba.ca/student/studentlife/servicelearning/ARWW.html