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CONNECT is YWiB SFU’s philanthropic program that aspires to work with locally based non-profit organizations to benefit our community. At CONNECT, we strive to be engaged, passionate, and committed to spreading positivity, empowering our community, and bettering the lives of those around us. Our goal is to teach sustainability, compassion, and well-being to students while creating a community where everyone has a purpose and feels valued.

This year, we are introducing a new component to CONNECT! Program members will be able to sign up for bi-weekly volunteering shifts with a local organization that aligns with our values in order to build lasting connections within our community and see firsthand the impact we can make. Additionally, we will be hosting four larger scale events throughout the year that will allow SFU students and CONNECT members to help us create a meaningful impact.

Program Objectives

  • Focus on supporting local organizations that resonate with our membership & the values of YWiB SFU

  • Create valuable opportunities for members to engage with social issues relevant in our community

  • Raise awareness within the SFU community regarding social/environmental issues that are relevant to our demographic & that we feel passionately about

  • Build lasting partnerships with local charities and organizations



Program Structure

YWIB is bringing back the CONNECT program in the spring semester with a focus on philanthropy. It will be 20 members that will be able to mingle, make new friends and get involved giving back in their community together. The program will focus on volunteering in a positive environment and giving members connections in the areas of philanthropy they are passionate about.  

Students will learn to network with a variety of individuals, develop their leadership skills, and ultimately, put the skills the have learned in the classroom to use in the real world. YWiB CONNECT will open the door for students to see the value in philanthropic initiatives and integrate it into their everyday lives or future plans.



Fall 2019 Program Schedule

  • CONNECT Orientation

  • Saturday, October 19th - Shoreline Cleanup

  • December - Christmas Hamper Donation

  • February - Clothing Swap

  • March/April - Charity Run

+ Bi-weekly volunteering opportunities

The CONNECT program gives students the opportunity to give back to their community and create significant relationships throughout the process, all while continuing in their studies.
— Pavleen Badhesa, Program Manager


Program Fees

Apply to be a YWiB CONNECT member and start building your network of community connections both with peers and inspiring non-profits in the Lower Mainland Area!


$20 Membership Fee

Exclusive access to all CONNECT events

Not a member?

You can still attend events! (First priority will be given to YWiB CONNECT Members)


The CONNECT Program is sponsored by



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