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What is Agents of Change?
The Agents of Change for Health project is a faculty-wide initiative designed to help health students develop the skills and abilities to create a positive impact on the world of health. The goal for each graduate is to develop a set of attributes that will contribute to their capacity to transform ideas, change policies, systems, structures, and practices of health in their environments.
As part of this project involves the creation of a new course "Agents of Change in a Global World," the Agents of Change Projects, and the hiring of new staff to support student success programs. For more information on the Agents of Change, visit the Agents of Change website.
What are the Agents of Change Projects?
The Agents of Change program is a pilot project with the aim of providing Faculty of Health students with the chance to promote health and health related topics while gaining invaluable skills and experience. The Faculty of Health is recruiting students who are interested in starting their own healthy initiative - their own personal "Agents of Change Project". These initiatives can cover a broad range of categories, including physical, mental, and sexual health, or any of the social determinants of health. Projects that are selected will receive funding from the Faculty of Health to help with start-up costs. Selected candidates will receive training in workshops on how to start-up and finance the project. During the training period, selected candidates may be introduced to community partners and mentors to assist with the execution of their project.
The project development project is progressive and intentionally instructional. The first application is a short synopsys of an idea. From there, selected applicants will proceed to Phase One: Application Development; they will be taught how to create a project proposal. Upon submission of the project proposal, selected proposals will move to Phase Two: Funding. During phase two, projects will receive seed funding, and the applicants will be taught how to use crowd sourcing to find additional funding (if required). Upon receiving adequate funds, projects will move to Phase Three: Execution.
Successful projects will be executed during the summer period from May 2014 – August 2014. Successful candidates will be required to submit a project progress report during the mid-point of their project. The program will end off with an Agents of Change Awards Ceremony in Fall 2014 to recognize outstanding participants.
- January 15 - January 31st: Applications open
- Workshop 1 (February 26th, 4-7pm)
- Full project applications submitted
- Projects selected
- Workshop 2 - Full-day bootcamp
- Projects executed
You are eligible to apply if you meet the following criteria:
- You are an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Health
- You are in good standing with the university
- You have a minimum GPA of 6.0
- You and/or the majority of your group must be available to attend the project development workshop, February 26th, 4-7pm
- You must be available to attend the project bootcamp, all day on April 25th, 2014
- You can apply individually, or as a team of up to five students (who all meet the above criteria)
Students may be part-time or full-time. Students from any level of undergraduate study are able to apply. There is NO preference for students in higher levels of education.
Benefits of Applying
Students will gain real-world experience and develop valuable skills and abilities. See the figure below for further details. Some skills include:
- Developing Agents of Change Attributes (Knowing, Doing, Being)
- Project management
- Crowd sourcing
Applicants that are accepted in the first round will attend the project creation workshop, and applications that are accepted in the second round will also attend the project execution workshop.
Each selected project will recieve funding from $100 - $500, depending on the nature of the project. This funding will be augmented by crowdsourced funding done by the students during phase two of the projects.
Applying to the Agents of Change Project
Applications will open on Wednesday, January 15th at 9:00am.
Your application should be a word document or pdf, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply to the project is January 31, 2014 at 11:59pm.
Your application should include the following:
- Names and student numbers of all applicants
- A synopsis of your idea (approximately 250 words)
- The name and contact information of your community partner (if applicable)
Your synopsis can try to answer some of the following questions:
- What problem do you perceive? What need might this project address?
- How does this project address health, or the social determinants of health?
- What are the outcomes that you would like to achieve?
- Are there any partners (groups, people, or agencies) that you would like to work with?
- Have you been inspired by another project or initiative?
- What is your estimate of project expenses?
- What is the estimated project duration?
Frequently Asked Questions
Are part time students eligible to apply?
Yes! See eligibility requirements for more information.
Are groups able to apply to a single project?
Yes! Preference will be given to group applications. Groups cannot exceed five members. See eligibility requirements for more information.
When is the application deadline?
The application process for the Agents of Change begins on January 13, 2014. Deadline for applications is on January 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm.
When will successful candidates execute their Agents of Change Project?
The execution of the project will be during the summer period between the months of May 2014 to August 2014.
Where will successful candidates execute their Agents of Change Project?
The location of individual projects depends on the target population. The Faculty of Health encourages global thinking, and thus encourages Faculty of Health students to submit projects that can be executed in Toronto or any other city in the world! Please note that selected candidates will be required to submit a project progress report.
How are projects assessed?
Initial applications need not be thorough, and we are not looking for perfectly formed projects. Your idea will be assessed based on the following questions:
- Does the project directly address health or one of the social determinants of health?
- Does the project promote health and advance key Agents of Change skills?
- Can the project be done within the 4 month time period (summer session 2014)?
- Is $500 funding is sufficient for start-up costs?
- Do team member(s) have access to non-financial resources (e.g. links to community partners), or willingness to find these resources?