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Projects funded through this initiative provide the opportunity for academic schools and administrative departments to further cultivate relationships with partners and stakeholders – bringing the community to Humber and Humber into the community in support of Humber’s new Strategic plan.

The priority of these initiatives is to enhance the lives of and create educational/training pathways for local children, youth, Aboriginal peoples, newcomers and other groups.

These projects will enrich learning and increase exposure and access to a variety of pathways into educational training and/or employment opportunities. Projects could also build organizational capacity of community agencies working towards the same goals. All projects are required to engage the local community partner(s) meaningfully in determining needs, conceptualization and implementation of project(s).

To discuss project ideas and conceptualization prior to submission, contact Nivedita Lane,, 416-675-6622 ext. 5226

Partnership Fund Guidelines

Please read the Application Guidelines and contact Lynn Vanlieshout to receive applications.

Currently Funded Programs

Pumped for Post-Secondary

(Student Success and Engagement, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and The Business School in partnership with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Toronto)

The Pumped for Post-Secondary Program is a mentoring program that connects Humber students as mentors with local high-school students, aged 13-17, who are seeking mentoring.  The program will engage 20 local high-school youth in grades 9 thru 12 and match them in a group setting with Humber College student mentors (5:1 ratio). The program consists of a mix of group activities and events designed in collaboration with all partners involved. The interactive sessions will focus on social and personal success and learning new skills, while allowing mentors and mentees the opportunity to form lasting relationships built on trust and mutual understanding. Mentors are encouraged to share information with mentees regarding the post-sec experience: what to expect when attending school, the best path for a desired career and any other relevant information about post-sec life.

The GARDENS Pod Project 2016

(Office of the Principal - Lakeshore Campus in partnership with LAMP Community Health Centre, The GARDENS Advisory Committee, Lakeshore Environmental Gardening Society, Mimico Baptist Church, Lakeshore Arts, Barsa Kelly Cari Can Housing Cooperative & LUSH Cosmetics)

The Pod Project is similar to the concept of a community garden, except the pods tend to be smaller, mobile, raised beds that don't need a lot of space and are spread throughout the community. The pods will increase community residents' contact with greenery, encourage physical activity amongst the gardeners and volunteers, and boost populations of pollinators in the neighbourhood.  By donating a portion of the harvest to the community, the pods will also impact food security for low income earners, lone parent families, persons living on fixed incomes, and people with disabilities living in the South Etobicoke area.  An estimated minimum of 500 kg of produce will be available for distribution within the community.

Advisory Committee

  • Geraldine Babcock,
    Community Outreach & Workforce Development

  • Lynn VanLieshout,
    Manager, Community Projects,
    Community Outreach & Workforce Development,

  • Nivedita Lane,
    Community and Partnership Development,

  • Nora Simpson,
    Associate Dean,
    Faculty of Social & Community Services
  • Lindsay Walker,
    Associate Director,
    Capital Development and Facilities Management

  • Catherine Marostica,
    Senior Advancement Officer, Major Gifts,
    Advancement and Alumni

Past Projects

Math in the Community (Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences in partnership with Urban Arts)

Designed to be offered one day per week for youth in all grade levels, as a technology based after school math program at the UrbanArts Centre, to support youth from Weston-Mount Dennis with enhancing their math skills to achieve grade level requirements and to also work toward meeting the requirements for PSE. Math support will be provided by knowledgeable tutors from Humber College working with students one-to-one or in small groups on homework and assignments and to help pepare for tests and exams. Attention will be on supporting and developing numeracy skills in addition to encouraging youth to open their minds to the wide range of choices that come with learning math.

Humber Arboretum Camp (Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology in partnership with Microskills, Etobicoke Children’s Centre and Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter)

The goal of this program is to immerse youth from the local community in the natural world of the Humber Arboretum in a fun and educational way. The program also provides older youth with the opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills and to develop an appreciation for their local urban green space.

Community Sport Development - Phase II (Program Planning, Development & Renewal and Department of Athletics, Recreation & Leisure Education in partnership with Etobicoke & Scarborough Baseball Associations, and Eagle Beaver Sports)

The over-arching goal of the entire project is to support the development of baseball, leadership, and employability skills of 40-50 youth in Grades 10-11 within high-priority neighborhoods in Etobicoke and Scarborough, areas traditionally under-represented in local baseball programs. In Phase 2 participants will return for a 3 day leadership camp, building on their baseball knowledge and skills and developing community and sport leadership skills to be used in a summer baseball camp experience. This training will included NCCP On-line Initiation and First Aid/CPR Training, which will prepare participants for the opportunity to interact with younger youth and contribute to camps and workshop sessions in the role of 'coach in training'. These youth would then be placed in paid positions offering support to various existing baseball/sports camps over the summer in Etobicoke and Scarborough.