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  • The SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre provides a no-cost tutoring outreach program targeted towards immigrant and refugee children in grades 4-7. 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 program is a partnership with the Friends of Simon Tutoring Project and the City Centre Library.

  • The SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre has partnered with the Surrey School District Community School’s Partnership Department and the READ Surrey White Rock Society to develop and implement a one-on-one reading program, the Book Buddies Program, with funding from Decoda Literacy’s Fostering Literacy Grant.

  • The SFU Surrey-TD Community Engagement Centre works with the SD 36 Welcome Centre to offer support and mentorship to English Language Learners in high school through the Bridge Program.

  • What does soccer, poetry and community involvement have in common? Canada SCORES! Canada SCORES provides vulnerable children in grades 4-7 with free after-school programming combining soccer, poetry and service-learning. This program seeks to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.

  • 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 through two programs: Connect through Homework and Connect through Reading.

  • The Empower MEdia program will engage students in grades 5-7 with important topics on digital citizenship in ways that encourage creativity, exploration, acquisition of new knowledge and empowerment. Topics may include but are not limited to: health and well-being online, privacy, safety, digital footprint, digital commerce, identity, relationships, communication/etiquette, cyberbullying, news/media literacy and social media wellness.

  • English Conversation Groups support newcomers (temporary foreign workers, refugee claimants and immigrants who have become Canadian citizens but still face language barriers). The program is offered through a partnership between the SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre and SUCCESS BC Settlement and Integration Services (BCSIS). Weekly conversations facilitated by SFU Volunteers help remove language barriers, allowing participants to integrate better into their workplaces and understand more about their rights and responsibilities at work.

  • The Immigrant Entrepreneur Program offered by DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society (DCRS) is a self-employment training program, networking and support system, and business incubation platform rolled into one. By way of the TD Community Engagement Centre, SFU students volunteer with the program as Facilitators to collaborate with DIVERSECity's team members from diverse backgrounds. The goal of this bootcamp is for newcomers to start creating business operation processes, such as product development, branding, marketing, sales, customer service, production, logistics and accounting procedures.

  • The SFU Surrey–TD Community Engagement Centre and Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) Newton Youth Hub are working together to help youth thrive in their educational endeavors, and increase their confidence to realize their full potential.

  • The SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre collaborates with the Learning Buddies Network over the summer months to offer free one-on-one tutoring to children in grades 1-7 from low income families who are struggling with math and reading. SFU student volunteers are paired with elementary school students to work together and inspire young students to reach their full potential.

  • Let’s Do Breakfast aims to provide elementary school students with a well-balanced and nutritious breakfast. This program helps ensure that students in grades K-7 attending Strawberry Hill Elementary School have ample energy to start off their school day strong and remain engaged throughout the day. In this program, university volunteers help provide children with a healthy breakfast every morning (on school days) and educate them about the importance of a balanced and nutritious diet.

  • English Language Support is a free and inclusive after-school program through which children in grades 4-7 who are new to Canada from Ukraine can get involved in their communities, feel a sense of belonging and improve their English through a fun and engaging child-centered curriculum. This program is in partnership with DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society and is offered in-person at the Surrey Centre Library. A team of SFU student mentors provide support to participants, helping them improve their English by engaging in fun and hands-on activities.

  • The SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre supports Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver (BBGV) with their Mentoring with Math program for children in grades 1-7. The program uses the JUMP Math, a numeracy program that enhances the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students and educators. SFU students volunteer as tutors in the program.

  • DIVERSEcity is collaborating with the SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre to support the Our Place Summer Camp. A DIVERSEcity worker alongside SFU students will deliver two camps each summer for children ages 6-18 using the Play it Fair curriculum, an internationally-recognized, child-focused toolkit to promote human rights values. Each camp will be four weeks in length, with four sessions a week (3-4 hours/session). With play and trauma-informed activities, the following themes will be reviewed and discussed: health and well-being, self-esteem and self-efficacy, cultural diversity, rights and responsibilities, and connection to nature.

  • 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.

  • The SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre is offering a virtually-delivered Racing Readers program for Surrey children in grades 2 to 5, attending Newton or Georges Vanier elementary schools. The program is a series of 8 sessions that help children develop literacy skills and physical and social well-being. Children participate in reading, writing and numeracy exercises and physical activities. SFU students offer support and act as positive role models for program participants.

  • The SuperChefs Cookery empowers children in the battle against childhood obesity by teaching the essentials of balanced nutrition, food preparation, and social etiquette toward inspiring lifelong habits of physical and social well-being. Under the direction of world class professional chefs and educators, students learn in an enriched setting focussed upon the joy of cooking while engaging in a residential program featuring team-building, athletic and artistic pursuits.

  • The Migrant Worker Education Program provides English learning and community networking opportunities for temporary foreign workers in the local South Fraser regions. Program participants will build a sense of community while learning about workplace rights and responsibilities. Topics include Canadian job search, email-writing, workplace rights, workplace vocabulary, making a complaint, and more.

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