Programs and Services
Innovative Learning Centre
The Innovative Learning Centre is focused on summer learning loss and closing the graduation gap. The programs offered connect elementary and secondary students to their school community so that youth stay in school. The goal is for students to see themselves as high school graduates and then university-bound students. Programs include Science-Kids on Campus and the Adventures Summer Camp (formerly called the Eco-Kids Camp.)
The Collegiate Model School provides 50 high school students (grades 9 to 12) with the individual attention they need to do well. Students who show potential but need a different kind of learning environment are referred to the Model School by community organizations, high school guidance counsellors, or principals. The Model School provides the environment, programming opportunities, and supports for young people and their families to use education as a springboard to maximize their future and potential. We have had 59 students graduate since 2008 with the majority (80%) pursuing post-secondary educations (as of spring 2017).
The Opportunity Fund seeks specifically to support Indigenous students, new Canadians and refugees, and students from inner-city neighbourhoods, through fast-track bursaries and tuition credits. Most recently, it also provides tuition waivers to youth leaving the child welfare system, a program pioneered at UWinnipeg now being replicated across the country. More than 30 students are enrolled in the Tuition Waiver program and eight students have graduated with degrees from UWinnipeg (as of May 2017).
Since 2007, just over $2.7 million has been dispersed to 2,600 students (as of January 2017) in financial need, supporting more than 250 UWinnipeg graduates to date.
University of Winnipeg Wesmen Athletics
Under The University of Winnipeg Wesmen umbrella, we have created the Inner City Junior Wesmen program which attracts neighbourhood children to participate on different sports teams.
Our Axworthy Health and RecPlex at 350 Spence Street is the most comprehensive recreation and wellness facility ever built in Winnipeg's inner city. Our unique Community Charter guarantees neighbourhood youth and residents free access to space to run community-based programs. A weekly Pow Wow Club, hoop dancing class and drop in times for numerous activities such as soccer and basketball are underway. Approximately 2,000 community residents access the RecPlex weekly during the winter months, at no cost.
Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre
The Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre is a bridge between The University of Winnipeg and the Aboriginal and inner-city communities. The Centre is a partnership led by a community advisory committee that provides educational and capacity building opportunities for children, youth and families. It is designed to reflect community need for an educational gathering place that is inclusive, to break down the barriers to post-secondary education. The Centre provides free and open access to computers in the RBC Community Learning Commons, to meeting space such as the North West Company Heritage Room, as well as a number of free educational and cultural after-school and summer programs. More than 1,700 community members use the Centre each month.
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