As a global society, we find ourselves in an unprecedented time and collectively facing the upheaval of life amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries all across the globe are asking citizens to self-isolate and implementing ‘Shelter in Place’ orders.

The Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness is dedicated to building connectedness within and between communities and overcoming social isolation. At a time where we are being called to physically distance ourselves from one another, we must work together to ensure meaningful social connections and the ability of every person to exercise their basic human rights and lead a fulfilling life.

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Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness Launches 2021 Social Connectedness Fellowship Application

The 2021 Fellowship opportunity is open to post-secondary students and recent grads with a passion for research and service that builds community and advances human rights.

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KidSpirit, Meaningful Engagement for Youth by Youth

KidSpirit is a nonprofit online community magazine created by and for youth. Designed as a safe space for youth to engage with one another, KidSpirit encourages open dialogue about the big questions

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The Power of Indigenous Control of Indigenous Education

Only 48% of First Nations students on-reserve graduate high school compared to the 90% of non-Indigenous students. 2020 Fellow Lateisha Ugwuegbula explores how Western Education fails Indigenous youth

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Addressing a New COVID Risk: Over-Prescription in Long-Term Care Facilities

Kim Samuel, along with Jane Buchanan, Acting Disability Rights Director at Human Rights Watch, describe the need for more humane, compassionate and effective ways to support elders.

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Have you ever tried to use noise to escape the silent reality of a situation? Don’t miss this brand new Awesome Moment by Mashaal from Pakistan, a deeply touching exploration of grief, avoidance, and silence.

https://kidspiritonline.com/magazine/silence/the-ringing-telephone/

CDC has made a list of people at risk for severe COVID-19 & the people on that list will get priority access to the vaccine. Unfortunately, people with ID are not on the list.

Join us & help make sure people with ID are included ➡️ http://j.mp/30bCJAL

Only a few more days to apply for our 2021 Social Connectedness Fellowship! Join us in making tangible change in communities across the globe, building belonging and connectedness.

Applications will be accepted until March 7 11:59 PM EST! Apply here - https://www.socialconnectedness.org/fellowship-program/2021-summer-fellowship-program/