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YMAD Waterloo Annoucement

YMAD Waterloo: Youth Making a Difference Conference on Barriers to Education

YMAD Waterloo is a local version of YMAD, the Youth Making a Difference Conference, which ACCESS has run in Peel Region for over 6 years.

This free student-run conference is the coming together of youth across the region to harness the educating, empowering, and inspiring powers of being connected with like-minded students focused on social issues.

YMAD Waterloo will take place on Wednesday, March 26 as a one-day conference dedicated to educating students on local issues (focusing on this year’s theme, Barriers to Education), while providing tools needed to be an agent of change in their own school and community.

Having been attended by over 2500 students over the last six years, YMAD strives to curate students’ passion for social justice and transform it into positive action. Students have left YMAD conferences with the energy and determination needed to start their own projects, make decisions on post-secondary programs and meaningful careers, and having formed a new passion for social justice.

With student networking and inspiring speakers, ACCESS and ACCESS U Laurier have worked to build an atmosphere that continues to inspire students upon their return to their school and communities.

Schools can Register up to 10 students online now at or below.

YMAD Waterloo 2014

Launching at McMaster University and University of Waterloo

After continued success at Wilfred Laurier University and progress at other schools, ACCESS is excited to announce its expansion into 2 new schools this year.

ACCESS U Campus Clubs have launched at both the University of Waterloo and McMaster University, for the 2013-2014 school year.

The clubs are currently looking for members for their executive committee and general volunteers.

If you are a student at either school, you can register online. For Waterloo, click here and for McMaster, click here. You can also join the existing club at Laurier here.

Feel free to get in touch with the Presidents of these two new clubs to get started and learn more about the opportunities available.

Email Erica for University of Waterloo at or Dillanique for McMaster University at

Welcome ACCESS U

Dirty Tuesday Fundraiser at Laurier

On Tuesday March 26, 2013 ACCESS U – Laurier will be hosting an awesome night of games and competitions, as well as a silent auction!

Just for coming to the last Wilf’s Tuesday of the year, you will get some cool swag from The Stag Shop (donations are encouraged!)

We will also be giving away some “dirty” prizes for those who participate in the games throughout the night!!

Stay tuned for some HUGE silent auction items – sports tickets, concert tickets, gift baskets etc.

Remember: All proceeds will go to ACCESS to assist in the development of education in third world countries.

Future of Education: Community Case Challenge at Laurier University

The ACCESS U Laurier and Laurier Innovation & Technology Club have come together for a second year of collaboration to present a Community Case Challenge: Future of Education.

This event focuses on social entrepreneurship, which is defined as the act of identifying & recognizing a social problem and using entrepreneurial principles to achieve this social change.

The case challenge will be focused on the idea of education and creating a stronger system for students. As the social impact sector is often belitted for a lack of large-scale initiaitves and information sharing, this workshop allows the leaders of tomorrow to collaborate around an important topic. 

How it works?

  1. Guest speaker will kick-off the workshop
  2. Each organization will present their initiatives & case challenge
  3. Attendees break off into mini groups and have 1 hour to complete the challenge
  4. Maximum 3-minute pitches to panel of judges
  5. Group with the most feasible and creative plan wins prize
Food and drinks will be served.


Register Online Now!


The goal is to stir your imagination, vision and action-planning strategies.

Leaders and doers of tomorrow, come prepared and motivated to make change.


ACCESS U Laurier focuses on creating world leaders and education in the developing world. For more information visit our website at

LiTC‘s mission is to foster innovation and entrepreneurship at Wilfrid Laurier and in the Waterloo community. For more information visit our website at

Register for ACCESS U at York and Western

ACCESS is pleased to announce the addition of two new ACCESS U chapters.

Student groups are being formed at University of Western Ontario in London and at York University in Toronto/North York.

If you are a current student at one of these schools, please register online:
Register for ACCESS U – York
Register for ACCESS U – Western

If you attend Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, you may register here:
Register for ACCESS U – Laurier

ACCESS is looking forward to an exciting, event-filled year!

If you have any general questions about ACCESS U please email Jon Pryce at For questions about ACCESS: Allowing Children a Chance at Education, Inc. please email

Newspaper coverage: Accessing you

Accessing you
Mike Lakusiak | The Cord

Student-run non-profit organization begins leadership workshop series

Student involvement in activities supplementing their education is stressed more and more as individuals are forced to come up with impressive items differentiating themselves from every other university graduate. With this in mind, a student-run non-profit organization engaged in projects in the developing world has started a new initiative targeted at Wilfrid Laurier University students. Read the full article here!

From left: Kody Robinson, Katherine Elliot, Jon Pryce and Michael Onabolu of ACCESS U Laurier. Photo:

Newspaper interview with ACCESS U Laurier club president

Haiti mission difficult but inspiring
August 25, 2010 | The Record

WATERLOO — After spending 10 days in Haiti on an aid mission, Jon Pryce is using his renewed determination to fuel the creation of a new chapter of the charity that helped him get there. Read the full article here!

Jon Pryce who has just returned from a 10-day aid mission to Haiti, displays a banner with the name of a student-group he runs, called ACCESS U, to help fund schools in Haiti. The newest chapter of the charity will be operating soon at Laurier.