Community-University Initiatives



WaterWise, a festival to learn about and celebrate water will be taking place on Saturday September 17th, from 12-4 pm. WaterWise is a family friendly festival with games, face painting, food and many interactive activities designed to teach us about water. Come out to have some fun and learn all about water!

East Scarborough Run for Fun

On Saturday, September 19th, the first ever East Scarborough Run for Fun brought 150 people out to run, walk, or bike a beautiful 5K through Morningside Park from The East Scarborough Storefront to The Valley at The University of Toronto Scarborough. Our main goal was to activate our community with fun physical activity. The smiling faces and sea of blue and red T-shirts in the event day video below says we reached that goal!

Thank you for participating, fundraising, making a donation, or supporting us in other ways. You’ve helped ensure that kids in our community have places and opportunities to play.

Learnings from the KGO-UTSC Partnership

The UTSC/KGO Initiative is intended to foster mutually beneficial collaboration between UTSC and the Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park (KGO) community with overall goals of:

    • Sharing insights gleaned through academic and community work
    • Using knowledge, opportunities and facilities available through UTSC to strengthen the KGO community
    • Using the Storefront’s networks and collaborations to provide opportunities for meaningful engagement in the KGO community to UTSC students and staff

Storefront launch of evaluation of groundbreaking community/university partnership                                                                                                               Summary: The first years of The Partnership (2011-2014) have been very successful, not only from the perspective of community residents, but also from that of partnering organizations, students, and faculty. The KGO-UTSC Steering Committee have laid out a plan for the next five years to help us attain our vision and mission.

Some of our activities included:


Click here to visit the Community Archives – a collection of essays written by students from the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.


The KGO-UTSC Partnership was awarded the Vital Ideas Award from the Toronto Foundation in 2014. Receiving the Vital Ideas Award has meant that we were able to share our reciprocal learning model with national and international university staff, faculty and students and community organizations. Special thanks to our supporters!

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The Community-University Sports Connection is generously funded by the Jays Care Foundation. This initiative is a partnership between the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) Recreation and Athletic Department and the East Scarborough Storefront.  By participating in the program, youth from the Kingston Galloway/Orton Park community are able to access University facilities and professional training and coaching in baseball, tennis, soccer.

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  1. I believe the puprsoe of this post is to dispel any notion that the UTSC campus (as opposed to St. George or UTM campus) is strictly an undergraduate campus rather, there are graduate programs and in turn graduate students as well. We wanted to raise awareness that graduate programs exist at UTSC and those interested in graduate school should consider UTSC as a viable option. This is especially true considering the new expected enrollment increase for the next few years (from 200 or so to 4000).

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