Two new awards available for projects designed for impact and engagement in Metrotown, Brentwood, Edmonds, or Lougheed

October 05, 2017

The fourth year of the SFU Student-Community Engagement Competition is underway!

And this year, an additional $5,000 is available for student projects designed to engage communities and have positive impact in Lougheed, Brentwood, Edmonds, or Metrotown.

Having initially started in Surrey in 2014, the competition has supported some amazing and innovative projects – including S.C.O.R.E.Gro Carts and Media Minds – that have successfully engaged youth, supported food justice and created foundational support for young people interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

We realized last year that this kind of work needs support in all communities where SFU students live, study, work and play. So, our very own Rachel Nelson drafted an application to the SFU Community Engagement Initiative in an attempt to create new awards that would allow us to support more projects in more communities. We’re very happy she did – her application was approved, and this year’s SFU Student Community Engagement Competition will award an additional $5,000 to two projects designed to have impact in Burnaby communities. Here’s what she had to say:

“I’m very excited that this competition will be expanding to another SFU campus community. As place-based institutions, universities have a significant role to play in the health and well-being of their surrounding communities, and students are a huge part of that. It seems right to try to ensure that all SFU students have the chance to do innovative projects in their communities, and expanding this initiative to Burnaby is a step in the right direction. It’s such a pleasure to see all of the creative ideas that come through the competition, and to work with the amazing students who submit them - they inspire me to keep doing this work.

If you have an interesting idea that you’re passionate to get started, maybe the SFU Student-Community Engagement Competition is right for you?

Hey, students!

Do you have an idea for change? Are you ready to work with an organization in your community to make a difference? Amazing things happen when people come together (especially when you have $2,000 or $3,000 to work with)!

All it takes is some passion and an idea. Register today.