Youth Amplified is a suite of community initiatives rooted in Sheridan’s mission to unlock the transformative power of education – and help young people in our local campus-communities forge a path to postsecondary studies.
Fuelled by Sheridan’s caring employee and student community and partnerships with youth-serving organizations in Halton and Peel, the programs within the Youth Amplified banner offer youth mentorship, connections to financial aid and resources, guidance through the postsecondary application process, a window into student life, and more.
Youth Amplified delivers on the aspirations in Sheridan’s Strategic Plan to contribute meaningfully to the needs of our local communities across Peel and Halton Regions.
By connecting deeply and listening to the needs of our local community partners and youth – as well as leveraging existing best practices and drawing on Sheridan’s areas of expertise – we can strengthen access to postsecondary education.
Learn more about our existing community partnerships below, and how you can get involved and support Youth Amplified.
We collaborate with community-based youth organizations in Peel and Halton Regions that align with our strategy’s purpose and approach to supporting and empowering youth to reach their full potential.
Are you a local youth-serving organization interested in collaborating with us? Please fill out the following form to get started. We look forward to connecting with you!
Meet some of our community partners.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel creates individual and group mentoring relationships between children and youth and adults. The mentorships target children and youth who face adversities in their lives. Mentorship can help these young people build resiliency in the face of adversity – and realize their full potential.
Sheridan launched its first virtual BIGS On Campus Group Mentoring Program in Fall 2020, pairing up volunteer Sheridan student mentors with a group of youth from the Brampton community. This program runs annually.
Eclypse Youth Centre
Eclypse Youth Centre has been operating since 1999 as a multi-service youth drop-in centre for 12–24 year olds living in Brampton and Mississauga. Eclypse provides direct services to youth who have difficulty accessing services through the more traditional approaches in the social services, education, employment and health sectors.
Sheridan has teamed up with Eclypse to run a Postsecondary Readiness Series, engaging youth in interactive, virtual sessions to talk about career and education pathways, financial aid, the postsecondary application process and thriving in college or university.
Black Boys Code
Black Boys Code is a national organization that introduces Black boys (ages 8–17) to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields with a focus on computer science. Their vision is to help Black boys identify and grow their own skills and talents, expand their knowledge, and provide them with crucial training, skills, and tools to thrive in a digital world. The goal of Black Boys Code is to increase the technology pipeline for Black boys who would like to have careers in the technology industry.
Black Boys Code hosts digital literacy workshops in universities and colleges across North America to help Black boys become comfortable in these higher learning educational settings at an early age. Their initiatives include exposure workshops, hackathons, after school programs, and summer technology camps.
ArtHouse serves the Halton community and provides free arts-based programs for vulnerable children and youth aged 7–17 who could not otherwise access such programming. Sheridan works with ArtHouse to engage young people with our world-renowned artists from the Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design.
ArtHouse believes there has never been a greater need for arts-based programs than there is today, as it enhances creativity, resilience, self-discovery, confidence and skills-building capacity for the new economy.
Home Suite Hope
Home Suite Hope provides a network of vital wrap-around support services for homeless or precariously housed single parent families in Halton Region. Home Suite Hope helps women transition out of poverty and into prosperity.
Part of this support is creating access to a postsecondary education at Sheridan. With targeted, meaningful resources, including mentorship, Home Suite Hope and Sheridan give these women the skills to secure a job and move forward through higher education and onto self-sustainability.
Sheridan’s teams are ready to support members of our community who may be considering postsecondary studies, whether by sharing a glimpse of life at Sheridan or helping you navigate the application process.
Please review the resources below to learn about the many pathways and resources available to help you get started.