'Doing Good in Communities' is an experiential First Year Seminar course that challenges students to think beyond volunteering and charity as the means to have a positive impact in our communities. Over the course of one semester, interdisciplinary teams of students address specific challenges identified by community-partners using tools and techniques from lean business models and social enterprise startups.
For the duration of the course, students work with one of two community partners to address a problem or issue that the partner organization is facing. Through lectures and guest speakers, students gain the terminology and technical knowledge needed to produce a final report. Students also gain professional experience aggregating their findings and presenting them to an audience in their end-of-term conference.
As a mandatory course for those in the Masters of Applied Nutrition program, students work individually with a community partner to create and conduct an individual research project. Over three semesters, students learn skills and theoretical knowledge from guest lectures, which helps them apply those skills to their projects with the community partners.
The Active Citizen Project leverages the research and teaching resources of the University via the Guelph Lab, linking them with initiatives at the City that engage citizens in the governance of the city – from policy making to service design/delivery and budgeting.
This short research brief was conducted for the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy Committee. Housing First is a strategy focusing on providing non-contingent housing to chronically homeless and the traditionally hard-to-house including individuals with mental illness and/or addictions. The following report outlines existing Housing First programs across the country, detailing their service delivery, depth and, where applicable, funding sources.
Together with the Healthy Communities Ontario Fund, the Research Shop conducted a scan of the types of collaborations related to healthy communities that exist in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (WDG). This comprehensive report provides insight into the current state of collaborations in WDG, including their key characteristics and strategic approaches, as well as an analysis of strengths and challenges of existing collaborations.
Prepared for the City of Guelph, this report reviews educational strategies used by municipalities and community-based organizations to further citizen understanding about civic processes and engagement opportunities.
This report provides a compilation of working models, central concepts, and promising practices related to environmentally oriented community hubs, designed to assist planners of the Yorklands Green Hub.