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Forming Community Partnerships

Community partnerships, like any relationship, are built on time, trust, and experience. When incorporating an in-community experiential education component into your course, think of a long-term component rather than a one-off experience. The long-term nature of the project will yield tremendous results, as each year you and your partner are able to improve on the student experience.

Several factors need to be taken into account when establishing a relationship with a community organization. These include:

  • The location of the organization or work site
  • Your pre-existing relationship with the organization
  • The relevant legal procedures required when working with the organization
  • The feasibility of being able to link course content to the work the students do for the organization

This manual includes all of York’s relevant forms and procedures for making lasting partnerships. You are also encouraged to contact the York-TD Community Engagement Center, your experiential education coordinator, and/or Research Impact for help in connecting with a community organization and designing a project. Other ways to find community partners are:

  • Direct Contact: Word of mouth
  • Contacting your existing networks
  • Contacting the York-TDUniversityCommunityEngagementCenter
  • Attending local health fairs and conferences
  • Visiting the Faculty of Health Experiential Education website

Updated on September 11th, 2013.