Making a difference with hockey
How Co-op for Social Good enables students to experience the positive impacts of their work
Graeme Tooley is a fourth year Global Business and Digital Arts (GBDA) student and avid hockey fan. During his recent co-op term, he had the opportunity to work for The Hockey 4 Youth Foundation through Waterloo's Co-op for Social Good program.
“Being able to work for Hockey 4 Youth this past summer was an incredible experience, and I truly felt and saw that the work I was doing was having an impact.”
By funding co-op positions at not-for-profit organizations, the Co-op for Social Good program gives students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while making a difference in their communities. At the same time, not-for-profits who don’t often have the funds available can benefit from the fresh ideas, perspectives, and skills that co-op students bring.
“Being able to connect with charities and non-profits that are doing such good work in the world is something that’s really important to me. And it’s very fulfilling work,” says Graeme.
Hockey 4 Youth is a not-for-profit whose mission is to foster inclusion for newcomer teens and youth through hockey programming. They provide equipment, coaching, and on-ice practice time as well as training off the ice to support youth with experiential learning opportunities.
Graeme worked at their Toronto location as a Partnerships and Communications Coordinator, where his role involved social media, marketing, content creation, and video editing. He also worked on a longer-term pitch deck to secure funding with potential partners and make an impact in the Hockey 4 Youth programming.
“One of the reasons I chose to apply to Hockey 4 Youth was I wanted to work in a position where I knew I'd be doing good. I wanted to know that the work I was doing would be making a difference in my community and in Canada as a whole.” Graeme adds that his own experience with hockey played a role in his decision. “I really benefited from being able to play hockey growing up, and I wanted to be able to help newcomer youth get that opportunity as well.”
While Waterloo co-op students often work at tech firms or corporations, increasingly more students want to make an impact at non-profit organizations. Thanks to Co-op for Social Good, along with the Global Citizen Internships and Co-op for Community programs, students have more opportunities to make an impact with non-profit organizations.
This Giving Tuesday, join with us and donate now to provide meaningful work opportunities for students like Graeme. The Co-op for Social Good program is made possible with donations from our alumni and friends.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within the Office of Indigenous Relations.