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As an Indigenous person, having recently returned to my home community of Gitwangak, BC, I wasn’t sure how I could stay in my community to contribute where I am needed, without sacrificing my education as a part-time student in the UBC indigenous studies program. Contact North BC, in collaboration with Q&A Innovations Online, provided me that opportunity.
First, they help me source two paid work projects through Riipen that are related to my area of interest and that I could complete from home. As a part-time student I have the time to be involved in other projects so it was a great fit. I look to gain experience and insight into the organizations I am working with. I will also be able to build my resume and acquire letters of reference which will help me with future opportunities. One of my projects is with Resonant Strategic where I am working within a group focusing on a comparison of best practices in downtown revitalization. Downtowns have been hollowed out in many North American cities due to the construction of big-box stores in the suburbs. Successful revitalization, in conjunction with evidence-based social programming, helps not further marginalize homeless people. Programs such as Mission Possible help to employ homeless people to do clean-up and build relationships with service providers that lead to permanent positions.
Second, Q&A provided me with access to tutoring services to support my studies from a distance. The tutoring has proven to be an invaluable resource. My experience has been one of prompt informative recommendations that have helped me with writing small assignments to larger essays. The turnaround time on writing assignments is much quicker than the options available at UBC. I look forward to utilizing the tutoring support for the rest of the semester.
Thank you to Contact North BC, Q&A Innovations and the BC Government for providing the opportunity to gain the experience and qualifications to further my educational journey and move toward my professional aspirations. T’oyaxsii’`niin
Level UP Student
“I’m a 3rd generation born and raised in Prince Rupert kid. My friends down south are always SMS’ing me about the cool opportunities they have. This was one of the first times I was able to do something that was bigger than my town, as in I worked with a company from Canada and students from all over the place. We did some research about the company’s services and wrote a report, and then organized a conference for them. They gave me a references letter that I was an absolute great help to them and made a real difference to how they will manage the company. They also said they would consider hiring me when I’m done my schooling -not that I’m planning to move to Ontario but still. Overall, I feel more confident and definitely more excited about going to school.”
Level UP Student
“I am passionate about public health and the work of convincing the public to access health services. Having grown up in Terrace, in a family of health professionals, I was keen to get some professional experience of my own. This project gave me an absolute invaluable opportunity to learn to communicate in a team setting and work as a cohesive whole to make a difference.”
Level UP Student
“I’ve learned how to figure out solutions to real challenges on my own, to work in teams, and be efficient. The project management and teamwork skills I gained were essential for me because I will definitely need them in the future. All of these were incredible benefits that make this program especially valuable for students.”
"I was wasting time staring at my assignment with no idea how to start it. Before I’d have to wait for the next class to get help and by then the assignment was late and I was usually discouraged anyway. Getting tutoring right when I was stuck was a game changer. I was able to just finish what I needed to do and move onto the next thing."
"I’ve learned how to navigate the business world, how to work with business politics to get things done, and I’ve gained project management and teamwork skills. All these were incredible benefits that make this program especially valuable for students."
"The problem that lot of us have I think is that we feel dumb having to ask your instructor to re-explain something he already taught you. So you basically don’t bother. The tutoring was good for that. It’s just easier to get on and talk to someone that gets what your going through and can kind of just talk you through it. I definitely got help that I wouldn’t have."
"I do homework at night, I got lots going on all day. I basically need someone to help me when I run into problems, not the next day or next week. The tutoring was really good for that."
"Only used it once. But it was cool."
"I was nervous to get on there, but you guys kept messaging me to try it. So finally I just went for it. My tutor was awesome -super nice person. And then after that I kept going back to her. I think we had a good bond. I just get it when she explains it. Sad if the free tutoring ends."
"For me the tutoring was important. I honestly can’t understand the classes and I can’t figure out a lot of things on my own. My girlfriend was looking into tutoring before all this but the price was way up there. Like 50 an hour. Who has that kind of cash? Anyway, this thing saved my butt a few times. Thanks for the hand."