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 Perth 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.
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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.
LD Applications will open Thursday January 10th, 2019 and will close Thursday January 24th, 2019. The Application link will be acive during that period here: https://westernusc.forms-db.com/view.php?id=152012.
This year’s conference will be taking place from May 10 – 12th, 2019 and requires the participation of approximately 50 LDs.
If you have any questions about the Early Outreach Conference, the LD role, or the application process, please email our Leadership Developer Directors (LDDs) Althaf Abdeen, VIctoria Barroso, and Majd Radhaa at email@example.com