In late November, Humber College students received The Co-operators Youth Mental Health Project Accelerator, a $2,500 grant from The Co-operators and Enactus Canada. The grants provide students with resources to complete projects that address youth and mental health concerns.

Humber received one of 18 grants available to Canadian colleges and universities to fund Project Safe, a safe space for young newcomers to Canada ages 18-25. The initiative is set to provide support to those who may be having a tough time being away from family and support systems.

Amelia Savoie, president of Enactus Humber College, says the project is set to launch in February 2019 at Humber’s Centre for Entrepreneurship. “We are currently conducting research to ensure the services that we offer through this project are appropriate for young newcomers,” she says.

Fifty students from many different faculties are currently working on the project, with support from faculty advisor Raeshelle Morris from the Centre for Entrepreneurship. Students will present the community outreach project in March at the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition, and again in May at the Enactus Canada National Exposition in Vancouver.

Savoie explains the project evolved from speaking directly to international students at Humber. “Humber is home to thousands of international students and we thought this would be a project that could really impact the Humber community,” she says.