Programs and activities

  • Every year, the SFU Surrey - TD CEC partners with DIVERSEcity for the Bundle Up Campaign to help collect donations for newly arrived refugees. Collection boxes are set up at the SFU Surrey Campus on the Mezzanine and in the lunch rooms on Podium 2, Galleria 3 and Galleria 4. Donate your items by Wednesday November 20th, 2019.

  • The Central City Learning Garden is located on the P3 parking level of Central City behind the SFU Surrey campus in Surrey City Centre. The community-centred learning, social, and event space is operated by Embark Sustainability Society in conjunction with SFU Surrey, SFU Surrey-TD Community Engagement Centre, and Central City. Gardening participants learn how to grow, eat, and share food grown in the garden.

  • The SFU Surrey–TD Community Engagement Centre is working with the Surrey School District (SD36) Welcome Centre to offer support and mentorship to English Language Learners in elementary and high school.

  • The Surrey School District (Education Services), the SFU Surrey-TD CEC, and Blackwood Partners have teamed up to run a pilot project in Central City Mall. Modeled after existing Early Learning initiatives, this exciting initiative brings the school district's programming out of the schools and into the public arena, reaching new families. Existing initiatives for pre-school aged children and their families are among those most sought after and they often operate at or over capacity. This early integration has allowed the identification and elimination of barriers that families face in their dealings with the education system.

  • On Halloween, the SFU Surrey - TD CEC invites local elementary schools (AHP Matthew Elementary, Old Yale Road Elementary, Betty Huff Elementary) to bring their students to “trick-or-treat” at decorated departments at the SFU Surrey campus. Current SFU Surrey students act as tour guides. This fun, interactive event introduces young children to a university setting while providing them the opportunity to take part in a traditional activity in a safe environment.

  • Surrey is a very culturally diverse city with 40% of the population foreign born, and receives more Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) than any other BC municipality. This rich diversity brings vibrancy and innovation to the City, however both newcomer and "receiving" communities in Surrey are experiencing challenges in adapting to new ways of being and living such a diverse city.

  • The SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre collaborates with the Learning Buddies Network over the Summer months to offer free literacy and math tutoring to children in grades 1-7. More info: learningbuddiesnetwork.com

  • Media Minds is a program which provides team-based workshops that strive to help students integrate into and engage in their community. These workshops enhance their interpersonal and teamwork skills through the use of film education. Our objective is to give students a more effective transition into high school by empowering them to speak up, share their ideas and think creatively to overcome the barriers they face.

  • The SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre and Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver (BBGV) are partnering to offer the Mentoring with Math Program for children in Grades 1-7. The program aims to help elementary school students develop their math skills in a fun way using the JUMP Math program, and also to engage them in games, and activities. JUMP Math is a numeracy program that is dedicated to enhancing the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students and educators.

  • The SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre is partnering with Pathways to Education, a program for youth in low-income communities that helps students graduate from high school and successfully transition onto post-secondary education, training, or employment. Pathways addresses systemic barriers to education by providing leadership, expertise, and a community-based program proven to lower dropout rates. The program is being offered for the first time in Surrey, and will provide a range of supports for youth including free tutoring, social and mentoring activities, one-to-one educational support, bus passes, grocery cards, scholarships and positive relationships with adult role models.

  • Plenty of Threads connects Youth from Care (Continuing Care, Youth Agreement, Voluntary Care) ages 19-27 with people in the community for encouraging one-on-one coffee meetings about careers, education, and the future.

  • Racing Readers is a program created in partnership with the Surrey School District and the SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre. This after-school program is designed to fill the need for an increased level of physical activity, literacy and numeracy skills among children in grades 2-5.

  • Science AL!VE is a student-run, not-for-profit organization based at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. The organization provides opportunities for youth to explore science beyond the textbooks through hands-on, interactive discovery, which stimulates their interest and fosters confidence.

  • At this event, you get to meet industry professionals from TD Bank Group and discover how they've entered the field, listen to their work experiences in various positions, and how they created their networks.

  • In partnership with the Friends of Simon Tutoring Project and the City Centre Library, The SFU Surrey CEC provides a no-cost tutoring outreach program targeted towards immigrant and refugee children in grades 5-9. This program is open to students who have immigrated to Canada, and to students who may have been born in Canada but whose parents/guardians have immigrated to Canada.

  • The Youth Leadership Development (YLD) Program gives youth ages 10-18 a chance to grow as individuals and learn what it means to be a leader in their community. Youth explore relevant issues in today’s society in a safe and fun environment while building positive relationships and preparing for their future. This program, hosted by the YMCA, is held at the SFU Surrey-TD CEC once per week on Thursday evenings and includes SFU student volunteers as youth leaders.

  • YMCA's Y Mind Program is a community-based mental wellness program for youth 18-30 with mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety. The program is facilitated by registered clinical counsellors who teach tools to manage mild-moderate stress and anxiety. After taking the program, participants report lower levels of anxiety and higher levels of overall well-being and connection to community. Through weekly meetings over 7-weeks, participants learn healthy coping skills, connect with other youth in the community, and get support all in a safe and friendly environment.

  • The DIVERSEcity Youth Integration Program is designed for youth between the ages of 13-18. The course provides training in essential development areas such as cross-cultural communication, resume building and interview skills, volunteer experience and leadership workshops, as well as recreational activities and field trips. Guest speakers and staff deliver interactive workshops geared towards the settlement needs of youth.