Youth engagement: Community partnerships

The University of Waterloo partners with a number of community organizations that deliver programming and enrichment opportunities for youth in our community:

School boards

We regularly work with both the Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, as well as the Avon Maitland District School Board in Stratford. Through these partnerships our students, faculty and staff are regular visitors to classrooms throughout Waterloo Region. Examples include:

  • Waterloo's Department of Athletics, in partnership with the Education Credit Union, offers the Team-Up Community Outreach Program, bringing volunteer student-athletes into the classroom to speak to elementary kids about the “six keys to success” and providing personal stories of accomplishment and perseverance.

  • Reading with the Warriors focuses on encouraging early literacy skills and reading appreciation for kindergarten to grade 3 students, by using University of Waterloo student-athletes as reading role models.

  • Waterloo's Centre for Education in Math and Computing leads the creation, delivery and evaluation of mathematics contests across the globe.

Experiential learning

Waterloo works closely with nonprofit organizations and corporate partners in our community that promote experiential learning, including but not limited to:

  • Business & Education Partnership — Waterloo assists students in making informed career choices through our participation in ZOOM Career Days, helping students make the transition from school to work.

  • Junior Achievement Waterloo Region — Waterloo supports Junior Achievement's Company Program, providing high school students with opportunities to understand the role of business in our society by creating and operating a business of their own.   

  • FIRST Canada — Our Faculty of Engineering partners annually with FIRST Canada to host the FIRST Lego League (ages 9 to 14 years) and FIRST Robotics (high school) competitions on our campus.

Post-secondary partners

As a key part of a vibrant post-secondary sector, Waterloo regularly collaborates with both Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College to enhance learning opportunities for youth in our community.