Early Outreach

To cultivate community, build confidence and explore post-secondary options in a safe and inclusive environment

All youth are granted equal opportunity to map out their futures and reach their full potential

Empower, Educate, Enrich

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About Us:

The Early Outreach Conference (REACH) is an annual USC initiative intended to introduce approximately 250 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 them with the guidance, information, and tools necessary to support their decision-making process. Western collaborates with the City of London, Middlesex County, Thames Valley District School Board, Fanshawe College, and a diverse range of non-profit community organizations to ensure the conference addresses the various needs of students during this transitional time from middle-school to high school.

REACH 2024 will be held fully in-person from May 17th to 19th, 2024 For the duration of the conference, delegates (grade 7 and 8 students) will stay in residence overnight at Western and take part in a diverse range of educational programming, leadership activities, and social events. This includes: mock lectures from professors at Western and Fanshawe, motivational guest speakers, introspective workshops covering allyship, self-esteem, and wellness, a financial planning seminar, and a talent show.

By offering such a comprehensive look into the benefits of post-secondary education, we hope to foster personal growth and capacity building amongst all Delegates. We continually strive to cultivate a transformative experience through which students can explore their passions and realize their potential in an inclusive and supportive environment. 

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


Online registration for REACH 2024 has closed! Thank you to everyone who applied – Applicants will receive an email confirming whether they received a spot or have been placed on the waitlist before the end of April. 

Registration for REACH 2024 will not be first-come, first-served (i.e. it is not necessary to register on the day that the form opens) but rather priority-based, allowing us to ensure that grade 8 students and students new to REACH are able to get spots at the conference. Any remaining spots will be assigned to students not filling that criteria (i.e. grade 8 students who have attended REACH before, and grade 7 students) in an equitable manner. Students who have been selected to attend REACH will receive an email confirming they have been given a spot, and all other students will be placed on a wait-list.

Any questions about the conference or about the registration process can be directed to earlyoutreach.registrar@westernusc.ca

Join Our Team:

Are you a Western student and want to be part of the Early Outreach Conference?

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 amongst Delegates. Our team is committed to creating an inclusive and safe space in order to develop meaningful experiences that positively impact delegates. Each year we also interview, hire, and train approximately 70 LDs. Check back in late December 2023 for LD applications!

If you have any questions about the Early Outreach Conference, the executive positions, or the application process, please email our Coordinator, Jashnoor Chhina, at earlyoutreach@westernusc.ca

Hiring soon for Early Outreach LD Positions

Learn more about the Early Outreach Conference’s financials, programming, and structure in our 2021 Annual Report

Want to learn more about the financials and programming aspects that go into creating the Early Outreach conference each year?

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