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- ACSSPA Sewing Mask Project
- Art for Comfort: Art for Connection
- BC Newcomer Camp
- Burnaby Mountain Festival
- Generation BXY
- Glow Within Foundation
- Haida Nerds
- Hastings Folk Garden Sound Map
- Indigenous Tutoring and Mentoring Program (ITMP)
- Math Walks
- NaloxHome SFU
- OMG I have ADHD
- Public Health Speaks
- ReRooting Relationships
- Singing Our Truths: Telling Our Stories
- Voices 4 Reconciliation
- Young Minds Exploring Science
- News & stories
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- Develop your capacity as a changemaker – and have fun!
- Embracing the complexity: pivoting as a practice.
- You know what’s not scary? $3,000 to fund your awesome project.
- SFU student creates youth-led overdose education and naloxone training during B.C.’s overdose crisis
- SFU student-community partnership creates local impact in Surrey
- SFU Students Exemplify the Spirit of Innovation and Community Engagement at the Annual President’s Gala
- Co-creation is difficult. And it's worth it.
- Hands-on for impact
- Congratulations to this year’s winners!
- On power and engagement – an interview with Aslam Bulbulia (excerpted)
- Herbert’s story: how one shopping cart made a difference.
- Don't wait for perfection – jump in
- Congratulations to our 2017-18 finalists and winners
- Discover what’s possible when university students and communities work together
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How it works
Teams can have from 1 to 5 students (for exact team requirements, see the Rules). You can work by yourself, or you can find up to four other people to begin dreaming about your idea.
Make sure everyone on your team registers for the competition and reads and agrees to the terms of Confidentiality and Conditions of Participation by Friday, November 25, 2022.
Now it’s time to dream! What will you do? Which organization in your community do you want to work with? Write things down and don’t worry how crazy they sound (the more you write, the more you can sift the good from the bad). You might want to look at step 2 to get some ideas for what you’ll have to submit.
When you’re ready to submit, choose one person from your team to act as your team captain and to fill out the idea submission form with your team’s answers to these questions:
- Briefly describe your idea, outline its goals, and describe how it will enable you to work together with community partners towards innovative and meaningful impact.
- If successful, what outcomes and/or impacts will your target community realize by doing this project with you?
- What motivated your team to enter the SFU Student-Community Engagement Competition?
- Where will your project take place, and how is your project specifically suited to that community?
- Are you competing for the Burnaby Festival of Learning Award?
- (If you answer “yes” to question 5.) Please describe the event/experience you’d host for the 2023 Burnaby Festival of Learning.
Make sure your team captain submits your team's idea(s) before the deadline: Friday, November 25, 2022 (the same as the deadline to register for the competition).
Note: if your team submits more than one “version” of the same idea, we reserve the right to choose which one we will evaluate. And remember – your ability to stay organized will say something about how viable your project is, so please attend to your idea submission with the care it deserves!
Has everyone registered? This is a good time to double check that everyone on your project team has registered individually and agreed to the terms of Confidentiality and Conditions of Participation. You can submit your idea before everyone registers, but everyone on your team must be registered by Friday, November 25, 2022 in order to be eligible to participate.
Once the Step 2 deadline has passed, all idea submissions will be reviewed by an internal team of jurors. Those teams whose project ideas represent the most promise and the best spirit of this competition will be contacted in mid-December and invited to submit a detailed proposal (next step).
We will attempt to provide feedback to those teams who are not invited to continue on to Step 3, but due to the work required to evaluate all idea submissions, we cannot guarantee this. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep trying to develop your idea! After all, we can’t accept every proposal (even if we might want to!) – don’t let us get in the way of doing something amazing in this world.
Submit a detailed proposal
Deadline: Friday, January 20, 2023
Now it’s time to get into the details. Teams will be notified of their results by early-to-mid-December. Successful teams will be invited to submit 3-page detailed proposals, and will be provided with specific requirements at that time.
Detailed proposals will are due by midnight, Pacific Time, Friday, January 20, 2023. If your team is invited to submit a detailed proposal, you will have about 5-6 weeks to prepare it before the January 20, 2023 deadline.
Detailed proposals should convey your ideas clearly and demonstrate that your plans and ideas have been thought through well. Above all, your detailed proposal must reflect the intention and spirit of this competition and should clearly demonstrate evidence that you have initiated a collaborative relationship with a partner in the community (hint: reach out to prospective partners early). You will also be asked to detail how you will follow any current or upcoming provincial health guidelines in your project.
You may want to start preparing this material with your team well before your initial idea submission is evaluated. Consider the evaluation criteria for project selection, consider past finalists, and think about the kinds of things you’ll need (and what you'll need to know) to both implement your project and evaluate its impact.
Present your idea to a panel of judges
Deadline: Early-to-mid February
Finalists will be invited to select a time to present their project to a panel of judges in early-to-mid-February, 2023. This panel may include SFU faculty, SFU students, competition sponsors and community partners. Winners will be determined after all teams have presented.
Winners will be determined as quickly as possible after all teams have presented, and all teams will be notified about their result.
Whether you win an award or not, every SFU student on your team will qualify for credit on the SFU Co-Curricular Record. Taking an idea from dream to presentation takes a lot of work, and you deserve recognition for it.
And remember, whether you win funding or not, you will have made connections with community partners and others who could help you develop your ideas even further.
Here’s where the magic happens
Working with your community partners, you engage in the wonderful, messy, magical process of co-creating projects that strive for meaningful impact.
This might take a month. This might take a year. Building strong, reciprocal relationships with your teammates and partners will help you respond to any challenges.
Share your story and reflect on the process
Timing: September 2023
A condition of accepting an award is the creation of a post-project reflection. There are many (creative) ways you might do this. Whichever way you choose, next year’s award applicants will benefit from understanding your experiences, whether your project was successful or not. We will reach out to you during or after your project with opportunities for reflection that you (and your partners) can consider. Check out what other finalists have reflected on – you might pick up some valuable wisdom!
We look forward to reading through your creative and inspiring ideas for community impact! Good luck to all participants!
So... What would you do with $3,000?
Up to $30,000* is available to fund SFU students who want to work with community partners to create meaningful impact.
Maybe you’re working on an existing idea for a class you’re taking, through a student club or another organization, or maybe you just have an amazing idea that keeps you up at night.... Whatever it is, we want to hear from you!
Start the process now by registering today – all you need is your passion and an idea.