What is Praxis?

Praxis is a learning ground for future activists, organizers, advocates, and engaged citizens.

People all over the world are organizing and mobilizing their communities to take action against injustice and lend support to global social movements.

Challenging and transforming deep-rooted systems requires specialized knowledge, skills and experience.

Praxis is an experiential training series where participants acquire those skills and receive mentorship from local organizers, activist and advocates to become effective agents of social transformation in their own communities.

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There is no one-size-fits-all approach to social chnage. In fact, effective strategies are generally multi-dimensional. 

Participants can register for any combinationof the following streams. Participants also have. the option to attend Mutual Aid and Community Advocacy on a Drop-in basis.  

  • Mutual Aid is a workshop series that explores the notion of solidarity, not charity. Participants will learn about alternatives for community care outside of traditional institutional models and be encouraged to join or start mutual aid initiatives.
  • Community Projects is an introductory program where participants learn to collaborate with each other in the planning, implementation and evaluation of local, community-based social justice projects.
  • Community Advocacy is an advanced program where participants learn practical skills to engage in community and anti-poverty advocacy work in Winnipeg. 

See below for more details!

Streams - Fall 2020

Mutual Aid - Fall 2020

Thursdays, 6:00 to 8:30pm - October 15th  to 29th

Mutual aid is a reciprocal exchange of resources and services for the mutual benefit of communities and their members. It builds and relies on the interdependence of social relationships so that all of us are able to survive and thrive. Mutual aid is about protecting and taking care of each other. In addition to meeting immediate needs, mutual aid is also about transforming the conditions that we live in -- a form of harm reduction, community organizing, and political participation in which people come together, take responsibility for caring for one another and build the capacity of the community. 

On October 15 and Oct 22, we will be learning about the history, concept, and principles of mutual aid and explore different types and examples of mutual aid collectives in Winnipeg and other places in the world.  

On October 29, we will be exploring what it takes to start a mutual aid group, such as who should be involved, what resources you might need, and how to practice self-care and set boundaries. 

Community Projects - Fall 2020

Tuesdays, 6:00 to 8:30pm / October 20th - December 8th

Community Projects is offered in partnership with #RisingYouth Community Service Grants. With the mentorship of Community Engaged Learning coordinators, participants in this stream will design, fund* and implement a community project of their choosing. 

Participants in this stream will learn how to:

1) Write a successful funding proposal for a project of their choosing.

2) Create an effective project plan to organize their work. 

3) Manage their project from planning to evaluation. 

4) Create an outreach and communications plan to market and promote their projects. 

In order to qualify for #RisingYouth funding, participants must be  Canadian citizens, permanent residents or people who have been granted refugee status in Canada. In the context of the program, "youth" refers to individuals who are between the ages of 15 to 30 years old during the year of their participation in the program. Please see #RisingYouth's application checklist for full eligibility requirements.

Even if you do not personally qualify for the funding, Community Projects is designed to be a collaborative effort, so we still encourage you to apply and join a team. You also have the option to design and implement a project that does not require funding to complete.

Community Advocacy - Fall 2020

Thursdays, 6:00 to 8:30pm - November 5th to December 10th

Community Advocacy will give participants the opportunity to gain practical skills  in community and anti-poverty advocacy. Exact topics will be determined based on the community survey, which you can complete by clicking this link: Mutual Aid & Community Advocacy Workshop Series. 

Participants who complete the entire workshop series have the option of joining Poverty Awareness & Community Action and use their skills to support low-income community members with their mutual aid and community advocacy needs.

Streams - Winter 2021

Community Projects - Winter 2021

Focus: Local Community Organizations 

With the mentorship of Community Engaged Learning coordinators, participants in this stream will engage with local community organizations to design and implement project that support community work in Winnipeg.  

Participants in this stream will learn how to:

1) Engage and collaborate with local community agencies and organizations. 

2) Write a successful funding proposal for a community-based project.

3) Create a detailed project plan to organize their work. 

4) Manage a project from planning to evaluation. 

5) Create an outreach and communications plan to market and promote their projects. 

Community Placement 

Participants in Community Projects - Winter 2021 will complete a 5-day volunteer placement with a local organization. Volunteer placements might be remote or in-person, depending on the needs of our community partners and UM and provincial guidelines regarding social distancing.

Past Partner Organizations 

  • Art City
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg
  • Circle of Life Thunderbird House
  • D’Arcy’s Animal Rescue Centre (D’Arcy’s ARC)
  • Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre
  • Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties (MARL)
  • Mount Carmel Clinic
  • Newcomer Employment and Education Development Services (N.E.E.D.S. Inc.)
  • North Point Douglas Women’s Centre
  • Norwest Co-op Community Food Centre
  • Two-Spirited Peoples of Manitoba
  • Wahbung Abinoonjiiag
  • West Broadway Youth Outreach
  • Winnipeg Harves

Applying to the Praxis program:

Who can apply?

Everyone is welcome in Praxis! All UM students are encouraged to join--international, domestic, full-time, part-time, graduate or undergraduate. Non-UM students are welcome to join Praxis too! 

Are there any fees and requirements?

Praxis is a free program. There may be some upfront costs if you are working with children or other vulnerable populations, such as acquiring a record check. However, this cost can be built into your #RisingYouth grant for reimbursement or may be covered by partnering community organizations. 

UM students: to join Praxis, you must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (or have a plan to improve your GPA while participating in Praxis). 

Community Projects Winter 2020: Anyone intending to engage directly with community organizations or community members may need to submit a Police Information Check from Winnipeg Police Services and/or Child Abuse Registry Check. 

What will be expected from me as a member of Praxis? (Program expectations)

1) Attend all mandatory online program meetings:

Fall 2020

  • Mutual Aid 
    • Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:30pm
    • October 15, 22 and 29 
  • Community Projects
    • Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:30pm
    • October 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17 and December 8.
  • Community Advocacy
    • Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:30pm
    • November 5, 12, 19, 25, December 3 and 10.

Winter 2021

  • Community Projects
    • Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:30pm
    • January 19, 26, February 2, 9 15-19 (Winter Break Community Placements) April 6.

2) Uphold the values and ways of working of the office of Community Engaged Learning, including our zero-tolerance approach to race, gender and class-based violence and discrimination. 

What happens after I submit an application?

A program coordinator will email you with the meeting link and additional program information.

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Praxis Streams
Fall 2020 
  • Mutual Aid 
    • Thursdays, 6:00 to 8:30pm - Oct/15 to Nov/5
    • A training series developed and facilitated by anti-poverty community experts in Winnipeg. Students will learn strategies to challenge deficit-based notions of charity and poverty and how to implement mutual aid community. initiatives
    • Can be taken together with Community Projects or Community Advocacy.
  • Community Projects
    • Tuesdays, 6:00 to 8:30pm - Oct/20 to Dec/8
    • An introductory program where students learn to collaborate in the planning, implementation and evaluation of local, community-based social justice projects
    • Can be taken together with Mutual Aid).
  • Community Advocacy
    • Thursdays, 6:00 to 8:30pm - Nov/12 to Dec/10
    • ​​​​​​​An advanced program where students learn practical skills to engage in anti-poverty advocacy work in Winnipeg.
    • Must be taken together with Mutual Aid.
Winter 2021
  • Community Projects 
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Tuesdays, 6:00 to 8:30pm - Jan/19 to Apr/6
    • With the mentorship of Community Engaged Learning coordinators, students in this stream will engage with local community organizations to co-design, fund and implement a project to support social justice work in Winnipeg.  
  • Community Advocacy 
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Thursdays, 6:00 to 8:30pm - Jan/21 to Apr/9
    •  Students in the Advocacy stream have the opportunity to further develop their skills through local anti-poverty advocacy work. After completing a training period, students will work closely with PACA community members to learn and practice advocacy in areas such as housing, employment insurance and healthcare.
    • Mutual Aid is a pre-requisite
What Praxis stream(s) are you applying for?
Community Projects