Blue Crew Training - University of Toronto Students` Union

Terri Nikolaevsky, Member Services
Cameron Wathey, VP Internal and
What is the UTSU?
•Represents over 50,000 full-time undergraduate
•7 Colleges, 12 faculties, 2 campuses (St.
•We provide services & organize
advocacy/campaigns and events
•Local 98, Canadian Federation of Students
•Registered under Canada’s Corporations Act
•Board of Directors
•Audited statements and legal responsibilities
BACK ROW (L to R): ZiJian Yang Vice-President Campus Life, Cameron Wathey Vice-President Internal & Services, Ebi Agbeyegbe UTMSU
Designate FRONT ROW (L to R): Grayce Slobodian Vice-President External, Yolen Bollo-Kamara President, Pierre Harfouche Vice-President
University Affairs, Najiba Ali Sardar Vice-President Equity.
What is the Blue Crew?
• The Blue Crew is a bunch of students
actively participating in the work of the
students’ union.
• We offer experiences in events, services
and advocacy, the three pillars of this
Why the Blue Crew?
• Blue Crew is an opportunity for you as a student
to view first hand, the work of your student
• Blue Crew is an opportunity for you to get some
hands on experience while meeting other
students like yourselves.
• Blue Crew is a way to engage in conversations
about the work of the students’ union.
• Blue Crew is a way to get involved with external
organizations who require volunteer support.
Volunteer Opportunities
Blue Crew will get involved with a number of
opportunities available both on and off campus.
Based on your feedback, you will continue to
help us shape and develop the program for
years to come.
Blue Crew members choose from a list of
opportunities and sign on to initiatives making a
commitment to the organization.
Earning Rewards
We currently have a number of Blue Crew programs:
1. Orientation (summer 2015)
2. Term (fall 2014)
3. Year Volunteer Positions (2014-2015)
One Term (fall)
Get involved for a minimum of 20 hours to have your
experience recognized on the CCR and to earn one
movie ticket. Receive a certificate of participation.
One Year (Academic Year)
Get involved for a minimum of 40 hours with both oncampus and off-campus opportunities and have your
experience recognized on the CCR. Earn two movie
tickets and a certificate of participation.
Minimum of 20 hours at an external organization
Co-Curricular Record (CCR)
• The Co-curricular record (CCR) is a program offered
by the University of Toronto.
• It allows you to find volunteer opportunities on
campus and have your experience recorded on an
official U of T print-out.
• The CCR is a way to validate your volunteer
experience, organize it and document it in an
official way for you. It creates credibility for your
experiences and you can use it when your applying
for a job or going to job interviews.
What is There to Choose
• Traditional annual event before the football
game held September 13.
• Rally before the Game as Blue Crew
• Assist with setup and take-down of rally
• Minimum commitment is 2 hours
eXpression Against
Oppression (XAO)
• October 2014 (week TBA)
• A week of events including panel
discussion, open mic nights, workshops
and movie nights.
• This event highlights some of the
challenges that people face in society
• Setup and take down of event.
UTSU’s Got You
• This program was designed as an exam destressor
• UTSU makes food in the Multi-Faith Centre and
then distributes it at midnight in Robart’s Library
to students
• Dates are: October 28 & 29; December 1-4, 819.
• Afternoon and evening shifts available. Minimum
2 hour commitment per shift.
Mobile Services Kiosk
• We have a mobile kiosk that will make the
rounds around campus.
• Sign up to go out with the cart (minimum of 3
people). Locations and schedule TBA
• Minimum of 2 hour commitment.
• Outdoors
• Role: speaking to students about UTSU
services, events and advocacy, distributing
Outreach and Marketing
•Engaging with students on campus on all
that we do
•Informing students about our campaigns and
•Handing out flyers and other information
•Talking one-on-one with students
•Tabling at various building on campus
•On the ground promotion of upcoming events
Breakfast Program at the MultiFaith Centre
•UTSU will be piloting a food program
this year. Distribution of free breakfast
food the mornings of October 3, 31
and November 28 at Multi-Faith
Centre, 569 Spadina Avenue.
•Set up 8:00 am. Service 9:00. Clean
up 10:00 am (8:00-11:00). Prep may
take place the afternoon before.
Varsity Skating
•6 outreach events held at Varsity Arena over the academic year with
the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical education.
•The commitment is generally 3 hours (pre-set up – 45 minutes
before, during the skating and take down – return items to UTSU).
•Zombie Skate – Oct 10th 9:30 – 11pm
•Scary Skate – Oct 24th 9:30 – 11pm
•Skate and Create – Nov 28th 9:30 – 11pm
•Think Pink at the Rink - Jan 24th 9:30 – 11pm
•Skate Date - Feb 13th 9:30 – 11pm
•Spring Thaw – Mar 11th 6 – 8pm
Community Garden
• This group will plant and harvest food in
plots around the University campus.
• This group will assist with the execution of
events related to food security.
• This group will carry out a survey related
to food issues.
Food & Clothing Bank
(Support for Service)
• Food and clothing bank sorting and
collection of items.
• Helping with a food bank fundraising event
– date and event TBA. Be part of the
planning committee.
• Help during December – wrapping gifts,
assisting with distribution of gifts
December 12 & 19; collection first 2 weeks
in December.
Out of the Cold
• For academic year, students can choose to get
involved in one off-campus program.
• Out of the Cold runs Tuesday evenings from 4:008:00 pm at 522 Adelaide (at Bathurst) at Evangel
• Program runs November 4 to March 31, weekly.
• Two hour commitment, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Maximum 4
volunteers per week.
• The program allows Blue Crew members to assist in
the kitchen, serve dinner, and socialize with the
guests in the larger community.
St. Felix Centre
•For academic year, students can choose to get involved in one offcampus program.
•25 Augusta (at Queen Street)
•Lunch program 9:00-1:00 pm either Mondays or Fridays.
–The program allows Blue Crew members to assist in the kitchen,
prep and serve lunch and clean up, and socialize with the guests
in the larger community.
•Afterschool program 3:00 -6:00 pm Thursdays.
–The program allows Blue Crew members to assist with helping
students with homeworking, engaging them in activities and
ensuring their safety to the program.
•Maximum 4 volunteers per week per program.
•Paper work (application/police check)
Gilda’s Club
Gilda’s Club is a welcoming environment for people with cancer.
It is located at 24 Cecil Street (College and Spadina)
• Help out with various events that may include:
• Scotia Bank – October 19, assist with brunch
• Jeanie Becker Clothing Drive – November 3 (event and
• It’s Always Something – Sony Centre, November
• Noogie Fest – October 26, transform the house for Halloween
• Christmas Party – assist in serving food
• Graphics Designer
• Social Media
How Will I Know When I Am
• Your hours are tracked on a sign-in/sign-out sheet. You
will be required to fill out the sheet each time you
• Member Services Coordinator will track your hours and
let you know when you have completed the minimum
number of hours
• You will receive an email on how to get your experience
recognized under the CCR.
• You will also receive a certificate and a movie ticket(s)
based on number of hours completed.
Letter Of Reference
• Generally speaking you will not receive a
letter of reference. If you would like one, its
best to engage the person you are working
• It’s also best to stick to a particular program
and you must volunteer over the course of
the academic year.
• You must request it. All requests will be
Not Interested in these
• Consider volunteering over the winter term instead of the
fall term.
• Consider suggesting things that would interest you. We
are happy to look into them and see if we can develop
the program further.
• Check out the CCR website for more opportunities
across campus.
• Pick up the listing of other opportunities that UTSU has
for recognition under the CCR. We currently have over
10 opportunities recognized so there are lots of different
ways to get involved.
Winter Activities
We will have a number of activities lined up for the
Winter Semester. This will provide further opportunities
for you to get involved. Separate training sessions will be
held for that session.
Some events to look forward to:
– Winter Week of Welcome
– UTSU’s got you
– Guest Speaker: Laverne Cox
– Women in Politics Conference
– ESports

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