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.

Our team is hoping to hold Reach 2023 in-person; this will be confirmed before registration opens. During the Conference, Delegates (grade 7 and 8 students) will take part in a diverse range of educational programming, leadership activities and social events. This includes: mock lectures from professors at both Western and Fanshawe, motivational guest speakers, introspective workshops covering allyship, self-esteem, and goal setting, as well as a financial planning seminar and community involvement fair.

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.

Volunteer

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

We hire an executive team at the beginning of each school year. They are responsible for working alongside the Early Outreach Coordinator to plan, organize, and implement the conference.

Each February we also interview, hire, and train approximately 60 Leadership Developers. 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.

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

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