What We Do

C-Links was founded in 2011 and facilitates community-academic relationships through community-based education and service-learning.

Its goal is to engage students, faculty and the in educational experiences which develop collaboration, innovation and empowerment for all involved.

Through C-Links, local City of Kawartha Lakes businesses, not-for-profits, charities and municipal government will improve their ability to address relevant community-identified concerns through student research and other kinds of projects.

The Community-Links (C-Links) Centre for Community-Based Projects and Social Mapping in the City of Kawartha Lakes was made possible through the generous funding of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

What does C-Links do?

1) C-Links provides college and university students with opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills by working on community-based research projects in the City of Kawartha Lakes

2) C-Links provides assistance to business and organizations in finding practical information that will support social, cultural, environmental and economic development in the City of Kawartha Lakes

3) C-Links provides the community with opportunities to inform colleges and universities about issues and developments.

An Example of a C-Links Project

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP PROJECT: As part of the Leadership in the Environment course, all first semester students at Fleming College Frost Campus explore the links between community and the environment. Working in teams, students research an issue or project submitted by a non-profit organization in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Students then prepare a presentation of their results, and submit a mock grant application advocating for their organization and issue. These projects help students understand the role that community organizations play in caring for and contributing to a healthy environment. The best student presentation will be awarded a $750.00 grant that will go to their chosen organization to help fund the issue or project that the students researched.

Benefits of hosting a student:

  • Tap into the energy and expertise of university and college students in order to meet community-identified issues
  • Develop community awareness among young citizens and future leaders
  • Provide students with experiences outside the classroom
  • Contribute to community development by identifying important issues and creating solutions
  • Cultivate positive relationships, and expand the community pool of potential volunteers, donors, clients and qualified employees
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