Through Youth Amplified, Sheridan is working to make education more accessible.
Education changes lives and communities – but only when it’s accessible.
That’s why Sheridan has launched a strategy harnessing the college's already caring and socially conscious culture to rally around the common goal of increasing access to postsecondary education (PSE) for youth in our local campus-communities that may experience barriers.
“Youth Amplified is one piece of the bigger picture for what Sheridan already does – and intends to do more of – to break down systemic barriers to postsecondary access for learners,” says Karen LeMoine, Director, Community Engagement and Stakeholder Relations at Sheridan. “By working together through more outreach and engagement initiatives, we can amplify our positive impact in the lives of local youth and campus communities.”
In 2020, Sheridan launched its first virtual Bigs on Campus Group Mentoring in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel. Seven Sheridan students serve as the bigs to 14 littles from the Brampton community with staff from Big Brothers Big Sisters. This group meets online weekly to connect, build relationships and learn important life skills.
Sheridan also teamed up with Eclypse Youth Centre in Peel Region to pilot a Post-secondary Education Readiness Series, engaging 20 youth in interactive virtual sessions to talk about career and education pathways, financial aid, and surviving and thriving in PSE.
Black Boys Code, Home Suite Hope, Art House in Halton, and the Peel-Halton-Dufferin Regions’ Ontario Education Championship Team (OECT) for Youth in Extended Society Care are a few of the other organizations and community networks Sheridan is actively working with to expand its network of local community partners, all focused on making education more accessible. In 2020 alone, Sheridan engaged close to 200 youth from our local campus communities through these deliberate outreach programs.