Early Outreach

W invite Grade 8 students to join us for a weekend-long conference, where they will be provided with necessary tools and resources to guide them in making an educated decision about their future. Our conference believes in laying the groundwork for students so that they can set long-term goals for themselves.

The Early Outreach Conference (REACH) is an annual USC initiative intended to introduce approximately 250 at-risk, low-income youth in London and the broader community to post-secondary education opportunities. This program recognizes that many students begin thinking about their future at an early age, and serves to provide adolescents with the guidance, information, and tools necessary to support them in their decision-making process. Western collaborates with the City of London, Middlesex County, Thames Valley District School Board, and London District Catholic School Board, as well as various non-profit community organizations to identify students who may believe post-secondary education is beyond their scope, and who would likely benefit from participation in the Early Outreach program. Throughout the Conference, Delegates (grade 7 and 8 students) take part in a variety of activities, including mock lectures from professors, motivational guest speakers, team building initiatives, introspective workshops covering subjects such as allyship, self-esteem, and goal setting, as well as a financial planning seminar, community involvement fair, and many social events. Students also have the opportunity to tour both Western University and Fanshawe College campuses, and are provided with overnight accommodation at Ontario Hall Residence. By offering such broad insight into the benefits of post-secondary education, we hope to foster personal growth and capacity building among all Delegates. We continually strive to cultivate a transformative experience through which students can explore their passions, challenge limiting beliefs, and realize their potential in an inclusive and supportive environment.

For more information on how you can get involved, please contact earlyoutreach@westernusc.ca

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Leadership Developers (LDs) work in pairs to serve as mentors for small groups of grade 7 and 8 students (Delegates) throughout the conference. LDs are responsible for providing appropriate guidance and support to their students —serving as role models who exemplify enthusiasm and integrity, encourage participation in workshops and activities, and who foster personal growth and capacity building among Delegates. We are committed to positively impacting conference attendees, and strive to cultivate a transformative experience through which Delegates can explore their passions, challenge limiting beliefs, and realize their potential in an inclusive and supportive environment.

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