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Agents of Change - Have Ideas for Health Initiatives? Get your Ideas Funded!

Do you want to improve health and living conditions in the community? Agents of Change offers the mentorship, connections, and funding you need to turn your ideas into reality!

The Agents of Change Program at York University aims to support innovative student-led community initiatives that uniquely address the Social Determinants of Health and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The program offers students start-up funding, one-on-one coaching, mentorship, training, and networking opportunities.

If you have any questions regarding the Agents of Change Program, please email scchelp@yorku.ca.


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Social Determinants of Health Addressed

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Currently Involved Members

Agents of Change Mission Statement  

“We are agents of change for health, transforming lives, communities, systems and the world.”  

About us 

The Agents of Change Program was established by an alumni donor in 2013, driven by the goals to promote applied learning opportunities and develop students' transferable skills. A project-based learning approach is adapted by the program to foster students’ engagement to real-world problems through their personal, community-oriented, and health-related initiatives—their very own “Agents of Change Project”.  Applications to the program open in early summer of each school year, the projects run in a year-long timeline that begins in August and ends in May of every year. 

Nine years on, the program has achieved noteworthy outcomes and impact through 25 student-led initiatives focused on meeting the health-related needs of vulnerable or marginalized community members. Past Agents of Change initiatives have covered a broad range of categories, including supporting physical and mental health, gender inequity in health leadership, and homelessness

The current Agents of Change projects are innovative in addressing SDH and are actively participating in achieving the UN SDG. Check out our projects and their project-specific SDH and UN SDG below!

Black Students Mentorship Program Logo

Black Students Mentorship Program (BSMP)

  • Income
  • Education and Working Conditions
  • Social Safety Networks
  • Gender
  • Social Exclusion
  • Race

3. Good Health and Wellbeing

4. Quality Education

10. Reduced Inequality

Period to Period Poverty

  • Income
  • Education
  • Gender

3. Good Health and Wellbeing

5. Gender Equality

10. Reduced Inequalities

Discover You

  • Unemployment and Job Security

4. Quality Education

Empowering Women in Health Logo. Empowered Women, Empower Women

Empowering Women in Health (EWIH)

  • Gender
  • Education
  • Health Services
  • Social Safety Networks
  • Race
  • Disability
  • Indigenous Ancestry

3. Good Health and Well-Being

5. Gender Equality

10. Reduce Inequality

16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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Lingua Franca

  • Education
  • Social Safety Network

4. Quality Education

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

10. Reduced Inequality

16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Luminate Logo

Luminate Mental Health Conference Series

  • Education
  • Social Safety Network

3. Good Health and Well-Being

4. Quality Education

The Academic Wellness Project Logo

The Academic Wellness Project (TAWP)

  • Education
  • Social Safety Network

4. Quality Education

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Toronto Tooth

  • Income
  • Health Services
  • Social Exclusion
  • Housing

1. No Poverty

3. Good Health and Well-Being

10. Reduced Inequality

16. Peace, Justice and String Institution

UHRE logo

Undergraduate Health Research Exploration (UHRE)

  • Education
  • Employment and Working Conditions
  • Health Services
  • Social Exclusion

4. Quality Education

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

10. Reduced Inequality

CALUMET AND STONG COLLEGES PRESENT: AGENTS OF CHANGE EXPO 2021

To celebrate the journey and achievements of the 2020/21 Agents of Change Cohort, Calumet and Stong Colleges (CCSC) hosted the Agents of Change Expo Ceremony, held on May 26th, 2021. The Expo brought together students, Peer Leaders, alumni, staff, and other active community members together to learn about and network with the Agents of Change projects for 2020-2021. The Agents of Change Expo 2021 was also an opportunity to learn about the impact of the Agents of Change projects in the community, as well as their successes, challenges, and future direction.    

At the Agents of Change Expo, the following projects presented:    

  • Discover You, led by Concetta Barranca and Mohammed Elghobashy   
  • Empowering Women in Health, led by Tatiana Espinosa-Merlano  
  • Humans in Progress, led by Haniah Saleem   
  • Luminate Mental Health Conference Series, led by Rupkatha Basu and Gwyneth Campbell   
  • TorontoTooth, led by Dayana Davoudi   
  • ZEAL, led by Sarah Labib.   

Date: May 26th, 2021   Time: 6:00-8:00PM   

Click here to watch the full event and hear from project leads on their journey with Agents of Change! 

The Agents of Change Program was selected to present a panel presentation at York University's Teaching in Focus Conference 2021, which occurred on May 10th and 11th, 2021. The panel includes Agents of Change Project Leads, CCSC staff, College Heads and key stakeholders. With the transition to a virtual environment, the panel discussed how the Agents of Change program supported Project Leads in addressing community health issues and how Agent of Change projects were able to make an impact in the communities they were serving. 

Panelists: Abdulkhader Mohammed, Kaysie Ngo, Dayana Davoudi, Rupkatha Basu, Gwyneth Campbell, Tatiana Espinosa, Mohamed Elghobashy, Julie Castle, Professor Jennine Rawana, Professor Mazen J Hamadeh .

Click to view the 'Agents of Change' panel discussion! 

This October, the Agents of Change Program is excited to announce our Fall/Winter 2020-2021 Agents of Change Cycle. From a pool of many incredibly impressive, thoughtful, and competitive applicants, the Adjudication Committee has selected four projects to be the recipient of the program’s funding. They are, in alphabetical order: 

(1) Empower Women Empower Women, led by Tatiana Espinosa-Merlano, aims to celebrate the achievements of female leaders in the field of Health, for International Women’s Day. 

(2) Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference, co-led by Gwyneth Campbell and Rupkatha Basu, aims to connect York students with research related to mental health and wellness. 

(3) TorontoTooth, led by Dayana Davoudi, aims to provide homeless youth at the Kennedy House with oral hygiene products. 

(4) ZEAL, led by Sarah Labib, aims to bridge the gap between first-generation students with resources such as peer support groups, and provide a safe space for them to express their academic and mental health challenges. 

The project teams have undergone training on September 26th and are now progressing into their first step of launching their initiatives. Congratulations to all project members and we wish you the best of luck! 

On October 3rd, 2019, Calumet and Stong Colleges invited members of the York Community to attend the Agents of Change Community Consultation. At the consultation, community members reviewed the program and past projects, discussed the strengths, challenges and the future direction of Agents of Change.

Participants included former Agents of Change Leads as well as current students, peer leaders, staff, faculty, alumni, Fellows and other active members of the community.

The consultation provided important recommendations for the Agents of Change program moving forward. For more information regarding the consultation or the recommendations, please email: abdulk@yorku.ca.

For more information on the Agents of Change program, feel free to email scchelp@yorku.ca.

Agents of Change Program Updates: November 2021

This November, the Agents of Change Program is excited to announce our Fall/Winter 2021-2022 Agents of Change Cycle. From a pool of many incredibly impressive, thoughtful, and competitive applicants, the Adjudication Committee has selected nine projects to be the recipient of the program’s funding. They are, in alphabetical order:

Black Student Mentorship Program (BSMP)

Co-led by Amanda Nkeramihigo  and Edman Abukar. Aims to address and remediate the demonstrably persistent lack of Black representation in the population makeup of graduate students and professionals in health-related studies and professions.


Discover You

Led by Concetta Barranca and Esterina Stella Batti.  Aims to provide graduating high school students with the opportunity to enhance their leadership, interview, and professional development skills through online interactive workshops led by undergraduate Peer Coaches.


Empowering Women In Health (EWIH)

Led by Tatiana Espinosa-Merlano. Aims to rewrite female leadership and celebrate the achievements of female leaders in the field of health and ultimately, empowering the next generation women.


Lingua Franca

Co-led by Farwa Arshad and  Kaye Canoy. Aims to create a sense of belongingness and self-esteem in ESL students who experience difficulty interacting in an English-speaking environment by ensuring that ESL students feel comfortable and confident communicating in English in different workplace and academic settings.


Luminate Mental Health Conference Series

Co-led by Gwyneth Campbell and Samantha Mason. Aims to promote undergraduate student mental health by connecting York students with research related to mental health and wellness.


Period to Period Poverty

Led by Pukky Oluwapelumi Fambegbe. Aims to reduce stigmatization of menstrual cycles, campaign and advocate ending period poverty and distribute free accessible products for all menstruating individuals.


The Academic Wellness Project (TAWP)

Led by Dema Talib. Aims to improve the academic wellness of postsecondary students pursuing a degree, by hosting interactive and evidence-based workshops addressing student perceptions around academic wellness.


TorontoTooth

Led by Dayana Davoudi. Aims to provide oral hygiene products to individuals experiencing homelessness during the Fall and Winter terms of 2021-2022.


Undergraduate Health Research Exploration (UHRE)

Led by Parmin Rahimpoor-Marnani. Aims to support students in their pursuit of research opportunities by developing and offering an annual summit workshop for students to hone and develop their research skills and provide students with the opportunity to engage with their own research through an annual conference.

Black Students Mentorship Program

Black Students Mentorship Program (BSMP)

Co-Led by Amanda Nkeramihigo & Edman Abukar

The Black Student Mentorship Programs’ (BSMP) aims to address and remediate the demonstrably persistent lack of Black representation in the population makeup of graduate students and professionals in health-related studies and professions.


Mission & Vision

The goal of BSMP is to establish mentorship and a safe and supportive environment, education, and community for black undergraduate students across the Faculty of Health connecting them to each other and to black graduate students, alumni, scholars, and professionals in the field of health.

BSMP envisions an increase in confidence, access, and capacity for black students to pursue higher education and/or employment in health-related professions. Ultimately, BSMP sees an increase in diversity in research and innovation streams and other professional fields.

Discover You

Discover You

Co-Led by Concetta Barranca & Esterina Stella Batti

Discover You project is aimed at fostering leadership, communication, professional development, interview, and interpersonal skills in undergraduate and high school students as they continue paving their academic and practical pathways.


Mission & Vision

Aims to provide graduating high school students with the opportunity to enhance their leadership, interview, and professional development skills through online interactive workshops led by undergraduate Peer Coaches. Discover You Program strives to provide students with an opportunity to connect with undergraduate Peer Coaches and engage in activities to enhance their confidence when applying for jobs/volunteer/research positions.

con24@my.yorku.ca & stella07@my.yorku.ca

School partnership within Canada and USA: kahssoyu@gmail.com

Student participation: kahssodiscoveryou@gmail.com

Empowering Women in Health

Empowering Women in Health (EWIH)

Led by Tatiana Espinosa-Merlano

Empowering Women In Health (EWIH) is a student female-run team consisting of members from diverse backgrounds who share an unfaltering belief that regardless of educational, societal or biological background, health affects all of us - and thus, equal representation and unbiased treatment is crucial in this field.


Mission & Vision

Mission: Rewriting female leadership in health

Vision: Connecting and Empowering Female Health Leaders of Tomorrow

Values: courage, impact, connectivity, leadership, empowerment, diversity, and inclusion

Lingua Franca

Lingua Franca

Co-Led by Farwa Arshad & Kaye Canoy

Lingua Franca is a project created by former ESL students to support the learning and professional development of current and former ESL students at York University. Lingua Franca translates to a universal language of communication, which in our communities, is the English language.


Mission & Vision

Aims to create a sense of belongingness and self-esteem in ESL students by providing a platform for students to enhance their communication and public speaking skills along with a space to practice their leadership skills and ultimately helping them to feel more confident in both professional and academic settings.

Luminate Mental Health Conference Series

Luminate Mental Health Conference Series

Co-Led by Gwyneth Campbell, & Samantha Mason

Luminate is an entirely student-run initiative based in York University, Toronto. The initiative is centered in promoting undergraduate student mental health by taking a psychoeducational approach to making research more accessible to a diverse audience.


Mission & Vision

Aims to bridge the gap between academia and practice by disseminating evidence-based strategies and creating meaningful discussions around the applicability of current research to improve student mental health awareness and well-being.

Changing Cycles

Period to Period Poverty

Led by Pukky Oluwapelumi Fambegbe

Period to Period Poverty is a student-led initiative that aims to create awareness about period poverty, distribute menstrual products to menstruating individuals experiencing homelessness, and campaign for free accessible menstrual products for all.


Mission & Vision

Aims to reduce stigmatization of menstrual cycles, campaign and advocate ending period poverty and distribute free accessible products for all menstruating individuals to populations who are experiencing homelessness and/or persons where lack of income becomes a barrier in managing their menstrual cycle.

The Academic Wellness Project

The Academic Wellness Project (TAWP)

Led by Dema Talib

TAWP is a student-led initiative that promotes student academic wellbeing by increasing their understanding of the applications of Academic Integrity.


Mission & Vision

The project aims to improve the academic wellness of postsecondary students pursuing a degree, in addition to high-school students in the Jane-Finch community through the enhancement of the perceptions and knowledge of first-year undergraduate students at York University regarding academic integrity, considering the resulting implications for both academic progress and mental well-being.

TorontoTooth

TorontoTooth

Led by Dayana Davoudi

TorontoTooth is a student-led initiative that is structured to implement a preventative approach against oral health maladies in the unhoused population of GTA.


Mission & Vision

Aims to provide oral hygiene products to homeless children, at-risk youth, and underprivileged women, during the Fall and Winter terms of 2021-2022 and promotes improvement of oral health in individuals who do not have proper access to oral hygiene products or dental care. Specifically, TorontoTooth aims to provide 1500 toothbrushes, 1500 tubes of personal-sized toothpaste, and 900 Ziploc bags to the Kennedy House organization, The Scott Mission, Good Shepherd Ministries, and North York Women’s shelter (NYWS).

Undergraduate Health Research Exploration

Undergraduate Health Research Exploration (UHRE)

Co-Led by Parmin Rahimpoor-Marnani, Mohamed Elsayed Elghobashy, Dorsa Shakeri & Amireza Goli
Primary Contact: Dorsa Shakeri & Amireza Goli

UHRE promotes inclusiveness in a research context by helping Faculty of Health students, particularly those who have experienced systemic barriers, in multiple areas of research placement obtainment at York University and beyond.


Mission & Vision

Aims to support students in their pursuit of research opportunities by developing and offering an annual summit workshop for students to hone and develop their research skills and provide students with the opportunity to engage with their own research through an annual conference.

TorontoTooth

At TorontoTooth, we aim to provide the Homeless youth community of Toronto with oral hygiene supplies. Our goal is to improve the health of our city by making oral hygiene accessible to those who cannot afford it but need it most. We strive to raise awareness about income-related inequalities in dental care in Ontario and help our community stand for social justice. 

Connect with TorontoTooth

Website

GoFundMe

Instagram

Twitter

TikTok

Empowering Women in Health

It is a project that aims to empower female university students studying in the field of health into becoming leaders in their field. By empowering students into changing future practices of gender and social exclusion and recognizing key figures in the field of health, this project will foster self-reflexivity, and calls on society itself for action - provoking real change.

Connect with Empowering Women in Health

Website

Facebook

Instagram

empoweringwomeninhealth@gmail.com

Zeal

ZEAL is an online platform that hosts weekly virtual peer support groups for first-generation students, as well as customized information packages for mature students and Indigenous students.

Our vision is to be an effective service that helps support overlooked groups of the next generation of York University students, researchers, and leaders by providing consultations where we will equip students with tailored resources and plans to help them maximize their potential.  

Our goal is to tackle some of the unique challenges faced by our target audience in a safe space that upholds our community values such as respect, empathy and inclusivity. 

Connect with Zeal

Website

Facebook

Instagram

zealquantum@gmail.com

Luminate Mental Health Conference Series

Luminate Mental Health Conference Series (LMHCS) is a student-led initiative aimed to support mental health on campus. Our mission is to develop a conference series, which will include multiple interactive, evidence-based workshops and a larger student-centric academic conference.

Our workshops focus on key facets of student mental health and offer practical skills and resources that are grounded in recent psychological research findings. Our March 2021 culminating conference is an opportunity for students to share their research projects, learn from faculty and other experts, and build a stronger sense of community among their peers.  

Connect with Luminate Mental Health Conference Series

Website

Instagram

LinkedIn

Humans in Progress (HIP)

is an organization that aims to create positive social change by providing hands-on workshops and training programs on leadership and meaningful living to young leaders across the GTA. In July 2020, HIP implemented their first Leadership for Positive Social Change Summit including workshops on Exploring Meaningful Living, Building Meaningful Connections, Resilience, and Authenticity using skills-building activities and psychological research to empower participants from across the GTA to live meaningfully and lead responsibly.

Connect with Luminate Mental Health Conference Series

humansinprogressteam@gmail.com

Discover You

The Discover You program provides graduating high school students with the opportunity to enhance their leadership, interview and professional development skills through online interactive workshops led by undergraduate Peer Coaches.

Connect with Luminate Mental Health Conference Series

For School Partnership within Canada and USA, please email: kahssoyu@gmail.com

For Student Participation, please email: kahssodiscoveryou@gmail.com

Humans in Progress (HIP)

is an organization that aims to create positive social change by providing hands-on workshops and training programs on leadership and meaningful living to young leaders across the GTA. In July 2020, HIP implemented their first Leadership for Positive Social Change Summit including workshops on Exploring Meaningful Living, Building Meaningful Connections, Resilience, and Authenticity using skills-building activities and psychological research to empower participants from across the GTA to live meaningfully and lead responsibly.

Connect with Luminate Mental Health Conference Series

humansinprogressteam@gmail.com

Discover You

The Discover You program provides graduating high school students with the opportunity to enhance their leadership, interview and professional development skills through online interactive workshops led by undergraduate Peer Coaches.

Connect with Luminate Mental Health Conference Series

For School Partnership within Canada and USA, please email: kahssoyu@gmail.com

For Student Participation, please email: kahssodiscoveryou@gmail.com

Aims to provide a peer support network for students with Type-1 Diabetes on campus while also raising awareness and increasing community understanding of the disease. For more information about this project, please email scchelp@yorku.ca.

The “Helping Hand for Women in Need” initiative, hopes to further educate youth about homelessness, especially amongst women demographics, within Peel as well as supporting existing agencies to provide some resources in need. For more information about this project, please email scchelp@yorku.ca.

Aims to deliver high quality and free standard first aid (SFA) and CPR-C certifications. Partnering with the Black Creek Community Centre, the project aims to service low socio-economic communities. For more information about this project, please email scchelp@yorku.ca.

Aims to to reduce the disparity in childhood literacy rates in Toronto’s low-income neighbourhoods by partnering with schools, local community stakeholders, and health professionals. BookChest is designed to share the joy of reading to students by surprising them with a gift — a chest of books that have been generously donated. Coupled with the surprise, the team facilitates engaging workshops on educating the importance of literacy and its relationship to healthy living. For more information about this project, please email scchelp@yorku.ca.

Aims to address students’ mental health by teaching and inspiring compassion, increasing positivity, building trust, and ultimately, instilling a sense of community at York University​. For more information about this project, please email scchelp@yorku.ca.

Focuses on mental health awareness and stigma by interviewing faculty members and experts as well as asking students about their personal experiences on a bi-weekly podcast. For more information about this project, please email scchelp@yorku.ca.

Aims to deliver high quality and free standard first aid (SFA) and CPR-C certifications. Partnering with the Black Creek Community Centre, the project aims to service low socio-economic communities. For more information about this project, please email scchelp@yorku.ca.

Focuses on providing a space for youth to develop their leadership skills through a three day conference setting. The conference will tackle areas of leadership through interactive and engaging sessions, while also providing a social setting for delegates to connect with one another. 

Ascend

Focuses on providing a space for youth to develop their leadership skills through a three day conference setting. The conference will tackle areas of leadership through interactive and engaging sessions, while also providing a social setting for delegates to connect with one another.

Regiftcard Program (Fix the 6ix)

Focuses on tackling issues related to homelessness through the collection of unused giftcards to provide individuals needing relief with staples, such as food and clothing, encouraging agency and giving back to the community. Learn more! 

Creating Ordinary Into Legendary (COIL)

Focuses on teaching highschool students personal writing skills as a means of expressing themselves. The program will feature opportunities for students to share their writing and collaborate with peers. For more information about this project, please email scchelp@yorku.ca.

The Youth Exercise Project

Focuses on promoting and encouraging students at the primary school level to engage in physical activity through fun and interactive activities, facilitated by university students.


Recent studies have shown that nearly 1 in 3 children in Canada are overweight or obese.

In order to get kids healthy and active, the Youth Exercise Project (YEP) was created by two York University Students. YEP has been visiting elementary schools in order to teach students about the benefits of exercise.

The goal of the Youth Exercise Project is to teach young adults about the value of exercise by bringing exciting equipment and interactive lessons to Physical Education classes. The program was met with praise and appreciation from educators in several schools. Almost 1000 students ranging from grades 4-8 have participated in the program, which works individually with classes in the school gymnasium throughout the school day.

Principles at all five schools were amazed with the success of the initiative, indicated by their requests to have the project return in the coming school year. The program has grown from a single school to interest from a variety of elementary schools in the GTA.

The organization sees its real success in its ability to place a focus on the importance of physical education for the institutions it has visited. Based in Barrie and Markham the YEP has created an important impact on the youth of these cities. Additionally, the Youth Exercise Project will be working with Scouts Canada groups in the coming months.

For more information, please contact: James Hutchinson or Khalad Maliyar
Email: youthexerciseproject@gmail.com

Loving Minds

Focuses on providing students with strategies that they can incorporate in their daily life to prevent anxiety and depression. Activities included yoga, expressive arts therapy, expressive dance, and meditation.


Depression and anxiety are a prevalent problem on university campuses across Canada. Mental health issues arise frequently due to the many new experiences and challenges faced by students. The Loving Minds campaign zeroed in on these matters at the York University Keele campus by providing students with strategies that they can incorporate into their daily routine to prevent depression and anxiety and increase the quality of their lives as well as their university experience.

The Loving Minds campaign was run during Frosh 2015 on Keele campus. A variety of activities aimed at tackling the effects of anxiety and depression were offered at various locations on campus, for frosh participants and frosh bosses. Activities included a morning yoga session, a meditation & breathing workshop, an expressive arts mural and workshop, and a dynamic movement dance workshop.

Feedback from participants was fantastic, and students noted that they had a chance to relax and de-stress during the very hectic frosh week schedule.

For more information, please contact: Eda Mucaj
Email: eda89@my.yorku.ca
Website: http://lovingminds.weebly.com/

Nothin' But Change

Focuses on raising awareness and reducing the stigma of homelessness on the York University Keele Campus. The program's main initiative is fundraising for organizations with a core focus on alleviating homelessness, by selling customized t-shirts to students and staff on campus.


Nothin’ But Change is a project at York university which is organized by three students who have a desire to better the housing situation in the greater Toronto area.

Their mission is to raise awareness about homelessness in the GTA and accrue funds to help people experiencing homelessness. While it is important that the project is able to help the cause of homelessness, the team places great importance on making sure that their project is sustainable for many years to come, and will empower people to make a difference against homelessness. In all, the vision is to provide leadership and support to end homelessness.

Specifically, the project involves selling custom American Apparel t-shirts on which the Nothin' But Change trademarked logo is printed. The team chose to go with American Apparel, out of all brands, because they valued quality and knew that the company has a sweat-shop free history. As well, Nothin' But Change has partnered with 360Kids, Raising The Roof and the Homelessness hub to sell socks and toques as part of an annual toque campaign.

In the future, the team envisions the creation of a ratified club at York University for Nothin’ But Change and hope to start chapters in other universities as well. Throughout the year, they plan to organize events which are built around their mission and vision.

For more information please contact: hello@nothinbutchange.com

Autism Teenage Partnership

Focuses on providing accessible, free and safe places for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder to express themselves through the use of social activities. ATP operates in the Greater Toronto Area.


As an older brother of someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Janson Chan had witnessed first-hand the struggles that a family endures to live seemingly normal lives. It was difficult to see his younger brother struggle with navigating high school, social isolation, making friends, and the cruel bullying and exclusion. Oftentimes, Janson would discuss with his family about how to address his brother's current and future needs to allow him to thrive and achieve his full potential. Autism Teenage Partnership was established to address those needs and is described as a labour of love to families and siblings living with ASD in our communities and beyond.

According to Autism Speaks Canada, ASD is a neurological disorder that affects 1 in 84 Canadians and the economic burden is $60,000 a year for every individual with ASD.  The adolescent years are known to be a very difficult time as is, but teenagers diagnosed with ASD may have difficulty communicating with others, and as a result are socially isolated, bullied, and have trouble relating to the outside world. ATP's social programming aids in developing independence and positive social skills that enhance attendees quality of life and can potentially have long-term impacts.

Autism Teenage Partnership (ATP) is a non-profit initiative dedicated to providing accessible, free, and safe places for teens with ASD to express themselves through games, crafts, and team-building activities. ATP is an organization that aims to create systemic changes in the immediate community and beyond. ATP brings together student volunteers from various professional disciplines to support teens and their families by delivering weekly social programming to address their unique needs. In partnership with Autism Ontario, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, York University, Community Living, and local community associations, Autism Teenage Partnership has been successfully operating three locations in Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Richmond Hill with over 100+ registered participants and 35+ volunteers. Through free and accessible programs, ATP is able to directly address the needs of individuals diagnosed with ASD, and their families. The financial support through grants and personal donations allow families to rely on a permanent community support program for no to little cost.

Since ATP started about one year ago, they have been featured in Maclean’s Magazine, and have been awarded a grant through the Laidlaw Foundation in their Youth-Led Community Change Program. With the increasing visibility and early success of ATP, the program hopes to fulfill their vision to expand across Canada through community-based programming to address and support families with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

For more information, please contact: Janson Chan
Email: janson.chan1@gmail.com

Positivity! Pass it On

Focuses on increasing social cohesion on York  University's Keele campus and  changing perceptions of mental health issues. The project achieves this through giving out bracelets with the intention of spreading compliments and positive messages.


Positivity! Pass It On is a student lead project on York University Keele Campus, that works towards increasing social cohesion on campus and changing the general perception of mental health issues from being an individual problem to a social problem Positivity! Pass It On was a recipient of the Agents of Change grant, for the 2013-2014 year, and took place during the fall of the 2014 year, on the Keele Campus.

The initiative was very simple; give out 2000 orange Positivity! Pass It On bracelets to people on campus. When an individual receives a bracelet they are charged with yet another simple task, finding and complimenting another individual, to give the bracelet to. The project further provided information about mental health issues and tackled the reduction of the social stigma associated with mental health issues. The bracelets were handed out over the course of two weeks, and the project received a lot of buzz on social media, from Twitter to Facebook.

PPON was a great success on campus, and proved that appreciating or complimenting someone can make a person’s day better. Although the project focused on small gestures, those gestures had a large impact on the people involved.

PPON has ended, and is no longer running, but the initiative was able to use its Agents of Change funding to successfully plan, run, and complete their project, leaving a lasting effect on the York community.

Y File - York University 's Journal of Record

"Looking for a mentorship program that is geared towards the Black undergraduate student experience in the Faculty of Health? The Black Students Mentorship Program (BSMP) offers Black students mentorship opportunities, resources for academic, personal and professional development..."

Read the full Y File article here!


Excalibur

For organizations like Black Students Mentorship Program (BSMP), TorontoTooth, and Period to Period Poverty, the Agents of Change program provides the platform to “create grassroot level impact within the wider community”. 92 percent of the Agents of Change program’s current project leaders are women from diverse backgrounds and the program provides them leadership, empowerment and a community to thrive…

Read the full Excalibur article here!


Y File - York University 's Journal of Record

The Empowering Women In Health (EWIH) initiative and the York International Global Peer Program is delivering an International Women’s Day Panel featuring the women leaders in the health field. “Join in to celebrate women’s leadership in health, network with our panel of distinguished leaders in the field, and learn about how to start changing the existing inequities in this gendered field”.

Read the full Y File article here!


 The Torontoist Blog

"Lentini, a York University health science student, started asking for gift cards from her friends and family, and was overwhelmed by the positive response. She then applied for, and received, seed funding from the university’s faculty of health to start a full-fledged grassroots organization.."

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Metro Morning on CBC Radio

Featuring Deanna Lentini of the Regiftcard program, discussing her project and her charity FixThe6ix. To listen to Deanna's section of the broadcast please listen from 14.38 minutes to 18.03 minutes.

Listen to the CBC Radio recording here!


Toronto Metro News

“Homelessness is not a choice,” the York University health sciences student said. “It happens to someone who is at the mercy of the system, and that’s why we need to fix it.”

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Toronto Star

For Arthur Mercer, 18, this program does more than just help him make friends; it gives him something to do. “It gets me out of the house,” he said. Mercer, diagnosed with ASD, considers himself high-functioning and can drive on his own...

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IN ORDER TO APPLY YOU MUST BE:

  • An undergraduate or graduate student in any year level
  • In good academic standing with York University
  • In groups of 1-5: Majority of students in the group must be from the Faculty of Health
    • Global Health
    • Health Policy & Management
    • Kinesiology & Health Science
    • Nursing
    • Psychology

Phase 1

Information Sessions: July 3, 7, 10, 14, 16, 20, 24, 2020

Proposal Bootcamp: July 20, 2020

Application Submission Deadline: July 26, 2020

Final Announcement of Projects Selected: Predicted August 7, 2020

Phase 2

Project Bootcamp: Predicted August 12, 2020

Projects Launch: August 2020

Advanced Peer Leadership Training: February 19, 2020

Progress Checks: September - December 2020

What is Bootcamp?

The Bootcamp sessions will train successful applicants on how to modify their operational plans and budgets. You will learn how to marketing effectively and crowd-sourced/fundraise for your project. Training sessions will be facilitated by key speakers. Successful applicants will receive more information about the boot camp.

What is a Proposal Hackathon?

A Proposal Hackathon is an event that helps applicants properly prepare and plan out their change initiative proposal. A word to the wise, come prepared! While the facilitators provide support and guidance during the event, in order for the Hackathon to be successful, the applicant must attend with a clear idea of a problem and have a specific change initiative in mind.

Phase 3

Project Evaluation & Report Due: December 2020

Project Completion: December 31st, 2020

Agents of Change Expo: Predicted Winter 2021

The execution of the project will be either during the winter semester or during the summer period between the months of June and August 2020, depending on the cycle during which they are selected. The location of individual projects depends on the target population. The Faculty of Health encourages global thinking and encourages Faculty of Health students to submit projects that can be executed in Toronto or any other city in the world! Please note that selected candidates will be required to submit a project progress report.

Read successful proposals and review additional information to strengthen your application below:

Example Project Proposals
2013-2014 PPON Application Proposal
2013-2014 Autism Teenage Partnership Application Proposal
2015-2016 ReGiftcard Project Proposal
2015-2016 Bookchest Proposal - uses our current format

Understanding United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG)

UN SDG at York University

Social Determinants of Health (SDH)

Social Determinants of Health

What is an Executive Summary?
How to Write Better Executive Summaries

S.M.A.R.T Goal Setting
SMART Goal Setting Guide Sheet
SMART Goals in Project Management

Abdulkhader Mohammed

Assistant, Student Success Program

416-736-2100 Ext. 22752

abdulk@yorku.ca 

Kaniz Farhat

Coordinator, Agents of Change

farhatk@yorku.ca

Kimberly Gonzaga

Coordinator, Agents of Change

Kgonzaga@yorku.ca