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Fall 2016 UTown Community Grants

The UTown@UBC Community Grant Selection Committee is pleased to announce the projects that have been awarded Fall 2016 grants!

We are excited to award a total of $7,900 to ten unique projects, from an intergenerational music class, to a Mental Health Symposium and more! Thank you to all who applied, and congratulations to all the recipients; we look forward to building community on campus with all of you.

Have a great idea to build community on campus? Check back in January for our next cycle of UTown@UBC Community Grant applications!

Intergenerational Baby-Senior Sing Along

This project brings together babies, parents, and seniors through a biweekly music program filled with singing, caroling, and community building. Research shows that interactions between infants and seniors encourages infant development and socialization, decreases caregiver stress, and stimulates seniors.

UBC Pow-wow

Last year, the First Nations Studies Student Association and the Indigenous Students Association held UBC’s second Powwow,  a First Nations ceremony that focuses on harnessing community by bringing people together to watch traditional dancing, hear powwow singers and drummers, eat good food and support artisan vendors. After hugely successful events for the last two years, this event is back, to bring together the UBC and greater Vancouver community to engage in ceremony, celebration and dialogue.

Malaysia Singapore Night

This special night aims to bring people together from UBC and Vancouver to celebrate the vibrant cultures of Malaysia and Singapore. The night promises to offer yummy and authentic cuisines from both Malaysia and Singapore, so make sure to bring your appetite!

Mental Health Symposium

A day of keynote speakers, workshops, self-care activities, and wellness sessions. This day will provide UBC students and community members with a platform to learn about what mental health initiatives and resources currently exist on campus, reduce mental health stigma, and equip participants with ways to boost resilience.

Mind-Body Connection Symposium

A series of events ranging from yoga, meditation and dialogue that aim to foster a positive ‘Mind-Body Connection’, as to equip community members with tools and techniques to enhance self-care and wellbeing. The symposium aims to create a safe space for participants where they can listen and learn from each other’s experiences.   

Seed Library

Working closely with the UBC Farm, the Education Library and Woodward Library will host seed lending events, where community members will be able to borrow a variety of high quality fruit, vegetable, and flower seeds. Not only will participants lend and return seeds at the end of season, they will also be invited to interact, learn and teach one another to form a unique bond.

Art Expression Youth Club

The Art Expression Youth Club brings together young artists in the community to share their passion for art and sustainability. Following an impressive gallery show last year, featuring pieces comprised of recycled materials, the Art Expression Youth Club will also be hosting a Sustainability Crafts workshop this year to engage the community in developing a collaborative piece of work for the exhibit.

UBC Kindness Project

A UTown grant original, the UBC kindness Project aims to engage youth to spread positivity around the community. This year, participants will be able to take part in a campus-wide scavenger hunt as well as partner with existing events organized by UBC student clubs to spread love around campus. For each act of kindness, a dollar will be donated to a charity organization.