CCEL Grants Project Library

CCEL’s Grants Project Library contains reports and infographics documenting the social impact work conducted by students in partnership with community organizations that CCEL Grants have funded. We hope this resource is helpful as a database to support and inspire further work around community-rooted social justice, equity and access issues. Read about examples of project topics here.

  • Navigating the path towards post-secondary education and life after high school for refugee and newcomer youth

    Navigating the path towards post-secondary education and life after high school for refugee and newcomer youth

    This project featured three workshops for newcomer youth transitioning from high school to post-secondary. It featured a guest speaker with lived experience who went on to study law, in addition to others from various professional fields, and a tour of UBC Vancouver’s campus. Additionally, the students were assigned university mentors for support during the university application process.

    UBC Student Project Lead: Jasman Sekhon

    Community Partner: SD36 English Language Learner Welcome Centre

    Grant Type: C2C

    Year of Publication: 2023

    Topic: Representation

    Keywords: Students, Refugee, Mentorship

    Population: Youth, Immigrant


  • DTES Art Engagement Project

    DTES Art Engagement Project

    This project included eighteen arts and crafts workshops over six months, at various downtown eastside (DTES) locations. The goal of this project was to harness the transformative power of art as a means to alleviate the burden of mental health challenges faced by many DTES residents. This project led to the establishment of the Downtown Eastside Arts and Crafts Society.

    UBC Student Project Lead: Taylor Bootsma

    Community Partner: Vancouver Coastal Health

    Grant Type: C2C

    Year of Publication: 2023

    Topic: Representation

    Keywords: Communities of care, Underrepresented Populations, Community Engagement 

    Population: Adult, Immigrant, Indigenous, Women, Youth


  • Indigenous Food Systems & Community-based Land Stewardship

    Indigenous Food Systems & Community-based Land Stewardship

    This project worked to improve access to hands-on and land-based learning opportunities about Indigenous food systems and community-based land stewardship for youth. The initiative fostered a sense of empowerment in participants through workshops, field trips, and hands-on opportunities, and fostered a holistic learning experience by inviting Indigenous elders to share their knowledge about the land. This resulted in an initiative that provided a nurturing space where the youth could connect, collaborate, and learn, thereby cultivating a sense of belonging and community.

    Community Partner: Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA)

    UBC Student Project Lead: Shogofa Alizada

    Grant Type:  C&I

    Year of Publication: 2023

    Topic: Ethnocultural, Food Security

    Keywords: Food Sovereignty, Food Access, Nutritional Security

    Population: Indigenous


  • Spicing up Science

    Spicing up Science

    This “Spicing Up Science” trip provided young students with an opportunity to be inspired, excited, and interested in STEM through engaging lessons about a variety of scientific concepts using food – a relatable medium. Together with Flavourful Science, workshops were created to provide interactive and educational lessons within elementary classrooms. Two 3-hour workshops at elementary schools in five rural communities in British Columbia were held. These rural elementary schools have students belonging to visible minorities and minorities of STEM, from members of indigenous communities to young women.

    UBC Student Project Lead: Taylor Kuo

    Community Partner: Flavourful Science

    Grant Type: Connect to Community

    Year of Publication: 2023

    Topic: Ethnocultural

    Keywords: Education, Indigenous Communities, student, youth, STEM, science, Indigenous, workshop

    Population: Indigenous, Visible Minority, Students, Youth


  • Serving the Surrey Food Bank’s Tiny Bundles Program

    Serving the Surrey Food Bank’s Tiny Bundles Program

    Since 1983, the Surrey Food Bank has been assisting low-income individuals and families who live in Surrey and North Delta by providing bi-weekly food hampers. Tiny Bundles is a program specially designed for pregnant moms and families with babies. Currently, the clients at Surrey Food Bank have increased by 21-22% and donations have decreased by 30%. To assist with the Surrey Food Bank mission, Navdeep sought to raise funds and donations for the Tiny Bundle Program by hosting a community-building event at UBC.

    UBC Student Project Lead: Navdeep Binning

    Community Partner: Surrey Food Bank

    Grant Type: Connect to Community

    Year of Publication: 2023

    Topic: Food security

    Keywords: Accessibility, Food Security, Social Justice, Mother, new mothers, pregnant mother, fundraising, low income, food bank

    Population: New Mothers, Pregnant Mothers, Families