News and Events

Take Our Kids To Work ( TOKTW) At York University –  November 3, 2021

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Catalyst Grant

CEC Catalyst Grant 2021/2022 – Call For Proposals: Building Better Together

The York University TD (Toronto Dominion) Community Engagement Centre is happy to announce its 2021-2022 Catalyst Grant call out!

For 12 years the York University TD Community Engagement Centre has worked to foster meaningful and impactful relationships between the Blackcreek community and York University. One of our successful initiatives is the catalyst grant, which has awarded over $150,000 to meaningful partnerships between Black Creek community residents/organizations and York University Faculty and staff.   This year we are happy to announce our next round of grants to be awarded to projects which meet our eligibility and are selected by our Advisory committee. Please see the attached Grant application which must be completed and returned by Friday August 6th, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Walk With Excellence

This year, due to Covid-19 pandemic our annual Walk With Excellence event was celebrated virtually, #JFGradWalks2020 on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Congratulations to all graduates, we salute you!

Please visit the links below for a recap of the celebration.

Click HERE for CEC Catalyst Grant 2020/2021 Call For Proposals

YorkU-TD Community Engagement Centre is pleased to announce our ” call out” for 2020-2021 Catalyst Grants.  This year, we are asking for proposals that have a specific lens on the current Covid-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted until Monday, July 27, 2020. If you have any questions please, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Jane Finch Social Innovation Hub Newsletter – May 2020

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Catalyst Grant Extension New Deadline: Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

We are pleased to announce that after much consideration we have extended our Catalyst grant deadline to Tuesday, August 6th,  2019.  See Catalyst Grant Extension Criteria for update.

Catalyst Grant Criteria 2019/2020

This year, York-TD Community Engagement Centre is pleased to announce our “call out” for our 2019-2020 Catalyst Grants.  Please refer to the Catalyst Grant Criteria 2019-2020 and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.  The deadline is Monday, July 29th.  We look forward to hearing from you.

TD Bank Group gives $1M to support York U centre at Yorkgate Mall –  June 11, 2019

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It’s Pitch Time: Friday, April 27, 2018 – Passion into Profit Community Den (flyer)

Catalyst Grant recipient and founder of Back 2 Basickz is collaborating with  LaunchYU, to facilitate Passion into Profit training up to 24 prospective entrepreneurs from the Jane and Finch community on how to turn their passion into a profitable business. 

Member of Parliament awards Business & Society students enrolled in experiential education class March 28, 2017

Read about the CEC and its Community Impact in the Journal of Metropolitan Universities

Honouring Black History Month: The Black Social Economy

Jane-Finch Community Research Partnership presents: Community Research and Ethics Symposium – Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Catalyst Grant 2016 – 2017 Call for Proposals Deadline Extended

The York-TD Community Engagement Centre is pleased to announce our “call out” for our 2016-2017 Catalyst Grants.  Please refer to the catalyst grant criteria 2016-2017 and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.  The deadline is at the end of August so you will have lots of time to develop ideas.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Black Creek Financial Action Network Calls for Reduced Rate of Borrowing on Pay Day Loans

Small catalyst grants are one of the ways that the York-TD Community Engagement Centre (CEC) is working to deepen University-Community partnerships in Jane Finch.

Now in its second year, the Catalysts Grants awarded $25,000 among 6 partnership projects that included projects promoting access to post-secondary education, supporting community-based research and creating experiential education opportunities for students. On April 7th, York staff and faculty joined community members and grant recipients in celebrating the success of this past year’s project.

2015 Annual Report

This report truly is a snap shot of activities this past year, too many to include on these pages. We hope however, to give you a sense of what we have been doing in 2015 to support university-community engagement.

This year we focused on building our staff team and deepening relationships in the community. Much of that was in schools, offering a range of interactive activities that got youths thinking about their place in Post-Secondary Education. We even joined our Admissions colleagues as they visited the local highschools in the Fall.


York University ‘Gets Moving’ In Response to Report Card On Kids’ Physical Activity

York University is responding to a call for global action on physical activity among children by sending York students into local communities to get kids moving. York is also partnering with international programs that will enable the study of physical activity and health abroad, while welcoming international students to York to do the same here.


Kids play tennis as part of York camp

The 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, released yesterday by Active Healthy Kids Canada and partners, for the first time looked at how the physical activity levels of Canadian children and youth stacks up against 14 other countries. It found that Canada is among the top countries for providing physical activity infrastructure and programs to support kids’ activities, but Canada is at the back of the global pack for overall physical activity levels among children and youth.

York University’s KIN Kids program will expand this summer, offering children in several Ontario communities the opportunity to engage in a guided active play program focused on cooperative games that develop self-confidence and promote fun and fitness benefits. The program is led by kinesiology students in York’s Faculty of Health.

In addition, York is responding directly to the report card’s call for international action on childhood activity levels through a new Global Health degree program, which will start this fall. York’s Faulty of Health is the only academic institution in Canada to respond to the report card with commitments through a new degree program.

“This program, which will be unique in Canada, will offer students the opportunity to improve health for children worldwide and at home in many ways, including through physical activity,” said Professor Angelo Belcastro, chair of York’s School of Kinesiology and Health Science, who is also chair of the Board of Directors of Active Healthy Kids Canada.

During the group’s 2014 Global Summit on the Physical Activity of Children, graduate students from 31 countries will speak about their research at a student engagement event. York graduate student Asal Moghaddaszadeh, who is hosting the student event, will look for opportunities for York students to work with students from around the world.

Following the Global Summit, Belcastro and other representatives of Canada and other countries will meet to identify opportunities to work together to internationally monitor and increase physical activity among children.