The Horizons Program was created, in 1999, as a partnership between Upper Canada College and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to provide learning opportunities for both public and independent school groups, share resources, and build mentoring/tutoring relationships between students.
Today, Horizons is a treasured community service experience that enriches the lives of students from UCC, other participating independent schools, and several TDSB schools.
Involvement in the program allows UCC boys to develop mentoring and leadership skills as they also gain respect and empathy for the broader Toronto community. As many students will attest, this opportunity to learn about the life experiences of others can be a rewarding and sometimes life-changing experience.
Through Horizons, UCC students have the opportunity make a difference in the lives of others by providing year-round academic tutoring for students from priority TDSB schools, helping to build skills in areas such as reading, math and essay writing. UCC students may also make a difference as Horizons sports and technology tutors.
In addition to the tutoring programs, Horizons offers an enriched academic summer program for 170 children from priority neighbourhoods.
This video highlights some of the many benefits of Horizons.
Each year, a number of exciting, additional programs become part of the Horizons experience. For example, April 6, 2016—named “Horizons Day” at UCC—highlighted a wide range of Horizons activities that took place throughout the UCC campus.
Parents have contributed in a meaningful way through the years by organizing donation drives at the Preparatory School to support TDSB schools, donating used skates and helmets for the Saturday Learn to Skate program, as well as volunteering at partner schools. With the support of the entire UCC community, these initiatives make a significant difference.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jyoti Sehgal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To investigate the impact of one of the Horizons programs, specifically boys working with special needs’ students, on the development of empathy and respect for diversity, action research was carried out by Jyoti Sehgal and Craig Parkinson during the 2015/2016 school year. Their results are posted on the International Boys’ Schools Coalition website. See report here.