TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - The Tools for Change program has
launched its 2011/2012 workshop series. This year's series consists of
16 workshops designed to provide Torontonians with the skills they need
to advocate for social, economic, and environmental justice.
Ranging from three hours to a day in length, workshop topics include
media strategy, facilitation, scouting, organizing rallies and actions,
and conflict resolution. A complete list of this year's workshops is
online at: http://www.toolsforchange.net/events/
"Exorbitant student debt. Cuts to critical public services. Ongoing
war. Climate change. It's completely overwhelming to students and young
people who don't know how to channel their concern and altruism into
concrete action," says Tools for Change co-founder and University of
Toronto Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) coordinator,
Clare O'Connor. "Our workshops provide an opportunity for students to
connect with like-minded people and learn practical skills for change."
"A healthy society and environment depend upon active and effective
civic engagement," says David Sone, co-founder of Tools for Change and
a campaigner with Earthroots. "Tools for Change is a pathway that helps
people connect with mentors and peers and take steps to improve the
world around them."
"Colleges and universities are great at teaching us what's wrong with
the world, but there are very few programs that teach the skills we
need to help us create solutions," says Jessica Bell, Tools for Change
co-founder. "Tools for Change helps people solve problems, and not just
complain about them."
Workshops are held in accessible classrooms at the University of
Toronto, St George Campus. Participants are asked to donate $10-$20 to
attend the workshop, and no one is turned away for lack of funds.
Tools for Change is a project of OPIRG Toronto and Earthroots. OPIRG
Toronto is a volunteer-based group at the University of Toronto, with a
mandate for action, education, and research on environmental and social
justice issues. Earthroots protects Ontario's wild places and
watersheds by combining powerful grassroots campaigns with effective
research and educational programs.
Over 300 people attended the 15 workshops Tools for Change hosted during
its first year of operation in 2010/2011.
For more information go to toolsforchange.net.
SOURCE University of Toronto Students' Union
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