Service learning starts here. We give boys plenty of age-appropriate opportunities to demonstrate stewardship — to benefit those in their own community, the broader Toronto community, and people in other parts of Canada and around the world.
Developing compassion and other-mindedness
Whether you call these efforts “service learning,” “stewardship” or just “service” (the word used in the IB Diploma Programme’s Creativity, Activity, Service component), learning is a key part of what our boys are doing. As they reach out to help others, they also learn about their own strengths and areas for growth, recognize the ethics of their choices and actions, develop empathy, and may even engage in issues of global significance.
Opportunities to be "of service"
As stated in UCC’s mission, we aim to inspire each student to make a lasting and positive impact on his world — that can start locally through activities such as our peer-to-peer tutoring or, in the Preparatory School, welcoming classmates as a morning greeter, organizing a school food drive or visiting a local seniors’ residence. Service learning also occurs farther afield for older students, through our Nunavut exchanges, the One Laptop per Child program in Canada’s north, and through service trips to countries such as Uganda and Costa Rica, or Habitat for Humanity builds.
Because we want service experiences to be about more than raising money, we limit the number of fundraising events at UCC each year. Approved fundraisers, which are promoted and run by students, include the Terry Fox Run, Hoops for Heart, and certain Casual Dress Days that support local charities.