Purpose & Mission

Purpose and Mission of ACCESS U – Laurier

ACCESS U – Laurier, a chapter of ACCESS: Allowing Children a Chance at Education, Inc., aims to accomplish the following goals: Provide education for children in the developing world; Facilitate capacity-building workshops to help students acquire practical and professional knowledge; and Administer a community outreach program to help children in the Waterloo community to read, write, and play.

ACCESS U fundraising initiatives and events are interactive, informative and fun.  For the 2011-2012 academic year, ACCESS U has planned a Bake Sale, Talent Show, School Supply Drive, and Gameshow Night.  All revenue from our events and initiatives will be donated to ACCESS, which provides education for children in countries such as Dominican Republic, Haiti, Columbia, Jamaica, and Honduras.

ACCESS U workshops are designed to help Laurier students refine their leadership skills, acquire practical knowledge, and become a more confident individual.  The workshops have various themes ranging from General Leadership Skills to Technology and Innovation to Science.  ACCESS U strongly believes that knowledge is power, so our workshops intend to create strong individuals who are capable of changing the world.  At each workshop we accept modest monetary donations, which all gets donated to ACCESS.

ACCESS U is proud to introduce a Community Outreach Program for the 2011-2012 academic year.  The purpose of this program is to allow Laurier students to help children in the Waterloo community to read, write, and play.  Upon completion of the 30 hours of service, a student can receive the “Certificate in Volunteering with Children and Youth” from the Wilfrid Laurier University Community Service Learning Centre. This program is administered alongside two community partners, House of Friendship and Strong Start.

The overall purpose of ACCESS U – Laurier is simple:  To create a better ‘you’ (workshops); a better ‘we’ (community outreach); and a better ‘us’ (social justice cause). This is the formula needed to help a student become confident and compassionate enough to make a difference.