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YouthUnited@Winnipeg is seeking students!

Urban and Inner City Studies


The Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies is seeking students for the YouthUnited@Winnipeg intensive work/study pilot program. This program is in the second year of a two-year pilot initiative, offered in the 2018 Spring semester, from the end of April to mid August, 2018. 

Students will work for 15 weeks, 4 days or 28 hours a week, at a rate of $15/hr, for the duration of the placement. These work placements are designed to provide students with practical experience working with inner-city residents and community leaders in the spirit of reconciliation.

For greater context, in the first year of this program students worked in the following organizations: Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Ka Ni Kanichihk, the Native Women's Transition Centre, the Graffiti Art Gallery, Spence Neighbourhood Association, the North Point Douglas Women's Centre, CEDA Pathways to Education, Food Matters Manitoba, the WRENCH, the West Central Women's Resource Centre, Workforce Staffing Solutions (a division of Manitoba Green Retrofit), and the Onashowewin restorative justice program. 

In addition to the work placement, students will take part one day a week in a 6 credit hour 3000-level Urban and Inner-City Studies course for academic credit.  Throughout the course students will be introduced to relevant theories and practices explaining intergenerational, geographically concentrated poverty, and urban and neighbourhood development theories. They will learn about strategies centered on community practice, citizen mobilization, engagement, and empowerment. Most importantly, students will learn to connect these theories with their work in the inner city, using strategies and tools that can help communities from within as well as building bridges across the divides.

The program uses a roving-classroom, ensuring that students participate in diverse community settings and cultural experiences. Upon completion of the course, students participate in a student-led conference to share their learnings and experiences.

Admission Details and Timelines:

The application process is closed for 2018

If you have any questions please contact Kerniel Aasland at k.aasland@uwinnipeg.ca or 204-297-3948