Queen's University

Student initiatives

2010-03-19

Back to school story ideas:
Queen’s students managing new on-campus initiatives including a peer-to-peer career educators program, a student-run after school arts program for Kingston elementary students, and a community greening project are all gearing up for back to school.
More information on each of these programs follows:
Students tell students how to transition to the "real world":
In keeping with Queen’s philosophy of seeking ways to foster leadership amongst students, the university is now empowering students to enrich and extend the reach of the serivces of Career Services.
Career Services at Queen’s is rolling out a Peer Career Educators pilot program for fall 2007. Student volunteers are being trained to complement and to help expand currently exsting services that Career Services offers. They will act as a form of outreach to students interested in developing professional skills and career knowledge in order to successfully transition from school to work.
Jenny Lee, peer career team program developer and a Queen’s student, suggests that students really listen to other students, and that this new form of outreach will not only make career information more accessible, it will also empower students to use their university experience.
Training for student volunteers this fall includes resume development and career workshop facilitation. Beginning January 2008, the trained peer educators will begin conducting resume appointments and workshop modules within Career Services, and outreach activities in lectures, residences, and other campus buildings.
Lee has conducted extensive research on peer career programs and has helped in the design and implementation of the new program. Paul Bowman, career counsellor, suggests that this new program is an extension of Career Services’ programming, with the added benefits of students' perspective and approach.
For more information about Career Services at Queen’s visit  (http://careers.queensu.ca/)
After school program introduces Kingston elementary students introduced to dance, drama, music
ChildArts, a student-run initiative, encourages elementary students to take an interest in the arts through exposure to a variety of activities such as dance, drama, music and visual arts.
This new student initiative at Queen’s is building the bridge between Queen’s students and the Kingston community through the arts education after school program at Rideau Public and Centennial elementary schools. The initiative is funded by the university’s civic responsibility fund.
“While building relationships with the children, we are also fulfilling Queen’s University’s civic responsibilities by establishing trust with parents, teachers and the Frontenac County Childcare Centre (FCCC) as we aspire to address the need for arts programs,” says Rachel Bigenwald, founder and president of ChildArts.
ChildArts aims to build self-esteem and promote physical and mental health by introducing the arts into children’s routines through a mentorship with Queen’s students.
Queen’s-Kingston student greening projects for 2007
Students have already cleaned up Kingston’s Navy Memorial Park and are partnering with the City and Utilities Kingston to plant trees in the student housing area of the city. Green Scheme, a student run initiative, will undertake community greening projects in Kingston’s Sydenham and Williamsville ward.
“Our mission is two-fold: increase and improve the amount of green space and bridge the social gap between the student and residential populations,” says Dayna Lafferty, Green Scheme Project Manager.
Since March 2006 Green Scheme has carried out student-community greening projects at Sydenham Public School, Elizabeth Cottage, the Hospice Palliative Care Garden at City Park and at Victoria Park.
Supporting Queen’s strategic plan by instilling in students a sense of community involvement and civic responsibility this initiative is funded by a grant from the university’s civic responsibility fund.
For more information about student initiatives and back to school trends or to arrange an interview contact Communications Assistant Molly Kehoe, (613) 533-2877, molly.kehoe@queensu.ca, or Alissa Deley, (613) 533-6000 ext 77513, alissa.deley@queensu.ca, Queen’s News and Media Services. Attention broadcasters: Queen's now has facilities to provide broadcast quality audio and video feeds. For television interviews, we can provide a live, real-time double ender from Kingston fibre optic cable and broadcast quality radio transmissions from our on-campus studio. Please call for details.
 

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