'A Place for All' Celebrates NOISE-Makers, Community Action and Social Change

What happens when York University social work students, alumni, and faculty join forces with youth from the community to create social change? A lot of NOISE-making for social change!

On Monday, April 29, more than 200 youth and adult allies will come together at York University for an event to celebrate participants of the New Opportunities for Innovative Student Engagement (NOISE) project, based at the School of Social Work, York University, and funded through York University’s Academic Innovation Fund.

'A Place for All: Living, Learning, Building Community' is a Spring Festival of Learning that will provide an opportunity for our NOISE Fellows to share lessons from their collaborative social action projects. In addition to presentations from the NOISE Fellows, Rahul K. Bhardwaj, President & CEO of the Toronto Community Foundation, will deliver the keynote address, titled 'Toronto Vital Signs – Building a Happy City.' The event will feature engaging and entertaining live performances by the BBoys (Patrick Lum, Weidong Yuan, and Weiming Yuan) and Samba Kidz. The Master of Ceremonies will be Kizzy Bedeau from George Brown College.

“It feels like a social justice camp,” said Anna Simone Tennent-Riddell, a first-year student in the Masters of Social Work Program at York, of her experience as a Graduate Assistant with the NOISE project. “It’s a good learning opportunity!”

'A Place for All' will take place on Monday, April 29, 2013, from 5PM to 7.30PM at York University’s Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre in the East Accolade Building. Registration and a pre-event reception with refreshments and viewing of social action projects will begin in the CIBC Lobby outside the Theatre at 4:30PM. There will also be a repeat post-event reception in this space from 7.30PM to 8PM. This event is FREE, but attendees must register online in advance at http://www.APlaceforAll.EventBrite.ca.

The New Opportunities for Innovative Student Engagement (NOISE) project is a research-informed model for enhancing the academic success of youth from the Jane/Finch community and York University Social Work students through engaged learning opportunities that energize and support their civic engagement and psycho-social well-being. Jane/Finch youth fellows and Social Work student fellows work together in community action pods on social action projects relevant to contemporary socio-political-economic conditions in the Jane/Finch community. Online: http://www.Facebook.com/NOISEforSocialChange.