Canu headerMentoring young leaders to see possibilities and seize opportunities

CanU is a Winnipeg-based charitable organization that inspires hope and confidence in the leaders of tomorrow through its out-of-school mentorship and educational enrichment program for youth in Grades 5-12. Throughout the year, CanU Kids participate in a wide range of educational experiences on post-secondary campuses and develop their nutrition, health, academic, social, and leadership skills. CanU programs are designed and led by university student volunteers who are honing their leadership and community service skills.

Quotes from the kids at  CanU

  • Inspires hope and confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Turning possibility into reality
  • Opens our eyes to the world
  • To find your future
  • Be yourself and have fun
  • A chance to change lives

In a nutshell, we inspire hope and confidence, empowering our kids to see possibilities and seize opportunities. How do we do it? Each week, students from across the City of Winnipeg are bussed to Manitoba post-secondary institutions where they are accompanied by mentors as they rotate through a variety of programs ranging from cooking in a state-of-the-art food lab to jamming in a Jazz band to caring for a patient in a nursing simulation lab to designing and building a robot. Through these experiences, CanU kids gain a sense of belonging in the post-secondary environment and are introduced to people and programs that ignite their imaginations and equip them to excel in school and life. As one Grade 7 student put it, “there are too many great opportunities at CanU. One week I want to be a pharmacist, the next week I want to be a doctor and the next week a dentist.”

Grade 9 student Why did you choose to join CanU? I really enjoy the opportunities that CanU has to offer. I really like meeting new people and having more and more opportunity that I get here and nowhere else. CanU made a better me and I am grateful for that

Grade 12 student What is your favorite part about CanU? Being able to interact with different kids and adults. Being able to make a difference in the lives of the kids.

Grade 7 student What is your favorite part about CanU? My favorite part about CanU is doing the hands on activities, being able to learn about things by doing them.

 Grade 9 student Why did you choose to join CanU? I really enjoy the opportunities that CanU has to offer. I really like meeting new people and having more and more opportunity that I get here and nowhere else. CanU made a better me and I am grateful for that

 Hope is an important factor for students. CanU builds positive relationships with students and through mentors at all 3 components children are instilled with a sense of confidence to set goals and the hope to see those goals through. This is done by providing students with the opportunity to see their own ability to achieve significant academic and athletic things, set goals, create, explore, and succeed.

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