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. 

The goal of this program is to enable Indigenous, non-Indigenous, and newcomer students to play an active role in Winnipeg's inner-city. With funding from the City of Winnipeg, the program will collaborate with students and inner-city organizations to cooperatively design work placements that meet students' skills and interests. 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:

Student applications are being accepted till November 30th. Only students who are shortlisted will be contacted for an interview.

In order to be eligible for the program, students must have completed 45 credit hours by May, 2018, and have taken UIC-1001 Intro to Urban and Inner-City Studies. If you are interested in the program but do not meet this requirement, we strongly encourage you to apply. You will be able to take the UIC-1001 Intro to Urban and Inner-City Studies course in the Winter term befoer the YouthUnited@Winnipeg work/study program begins.

Apply online at YouthUnited@Winnipeg application

The Department is committed to ensuring that a minimum of 50% of the students selected identify as Indigenous. Priority acceptance will be given to students who have completed at least 45 credit hours, but all students are encouraged to apply and will be given consideration.

If you have any questions please contact Kerniel Aasland at or 204-988-7183.