Getting Involved: Clubs & More!

Posted by Deea Deb on September 11, 2020

Student Life

Hey Lions! In the last edition of the Getting Involved Series, we wrote about the Work/Study, LEAP and RAY Programs at York. This week we are bringing you a few more ways to get involved with the York community, make friends and learn something new! This #YUBlog will take you through Student Clubs, Volunteering, Student Governments, York’s Social Events and Peer Mentoring.

Student Clubs

Getting Involved - Clubs & More

Student Clubs help you make new friends and find your passion. York has over 300 official clubs, which you can find on the YU Connect website. Use this resource to browse York’s student organizations, find upcoming volunteer events and connect with club leadership. You can also track your involvement through YU Connect and have it included on your Co-Curricular Record.

Couldn’t find your perfect fit? Register your own club!

 Volunteering

Want to give back to the community? Sign up for the Virtual Volunteer Fair, on November 5, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, to build career-related skills and gain experience while making a contribution to the work of a non-profit or charitable organization. You can also find a volunteer placement that meets your needs through York’s Career Centre.

A team of York students, called Career Peer Educators, with extensive training and a desire, support students and recent graduates on their career journey. Visit Career Peer Educators in the Career Lounge where they will listen, help to identify your career-related concerns, work with you to update documents and take the next steps, and refer to appropriate resources.

The Career Centre also offers an abundance of resources for students. For more information on the virtual services offered by the Career Centre, check out our Remote Learning 101: Career Centre blog post!

Student Governments

Are you interested in student politics? Get involved with the student government at your college! All York students are assigned to a college that corresponds with either their Faculty or residence. You can find more information about joining college-specific student government groups on your college homepage. You can also check with your Faculty for other student governance opportunities.

Each college also offers unique resources to students, such as academic skills workshops, professional development sessions and social events. Check your college homepage for updates, including information about workshops, events, volunteer opportunities, peer mentorship programs and club announcements. Use the College Finder to know which one you belong to!

Virtual Social Events

Getting Involved - Clubs & More

Are you an International Student? York International’s events calendar is full of virtual meetups from coffee breaks to fun activities! 

If you’re looking for a fun way to get involved on campus, check out York’s Events Calendar. York International hosts daily Virtual Coffee Breaks, which can range from discussions about University-related topics to Netflix and game nights. The Virtual Coffee Breaks are a great way to meet domestic and international students, they’re held from Monday to Friday with different fun and interesting topics every day.

If you are a Mature Student, the Atkinson Centre for Mature & Part-time Students (ACMAPS) has a host of virtual events lined up for you. Check out the ACMAPS events calendar to find the right one for you!

ACMAPS hosts meditation sessions open to all students that are facilitated by Psychologist, Scott Pope, from Student Counselling & Development. Join in and you can learn some tips on how to help you de-stress, decrease loneliness and increase positivity.

Peer Mentoring Programs

Getting Involved - Clubs & More

The Peer Mentoring program is designed to assist first-year students in making a successful transition to university life. All incoming first-year students are matched with a peer mentor, by their Colleges, before September classes start. The mentors are successful upper-year students who are trained as peer mentors. These mentors are in the same program as the incoming student and are available to answer questions, give advice, and help incoming students adapt to university life.

If you’re in first year, stay tuned for communications either directly from your mentor and/or from your Faculty. If you haven’t heard anything by September 18, please contact mypeermentor@yorku.ca with your name and Faculty to receive follow up.

There is also the Global Peer Program designed by York International to help new international students during their transition to life at York University and in Toronto by connecting them with Peer Mentors.

To stay up to date on campus life and events, connect with York U on social media. You can follow us on Facebook @YorkUStudents, Twitter @YorkUStudents, Instagram @studentlifeyu and with our weekly This Week @ York emails.

Deea Deb
Deea Deb

Deea Deb is a third-year English and Professional Writing major at York University. She loves reading, travelling, being organized, and writing. She hopes to help York students succeed at university.

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