Make a difference during your Reading Week


Join us February 15 -21 for Alternative Reading Week. Learn about poverty as a social issue and volunteer with various local non-profits. This immersive, service-learning program takes place during regular Reading Week so you don’t have to miss classes. This semester's program even features an overnight retreat!

Sign me up!

Alternative Reading Week objectives

By participating in the Poverty in Edmonton Alternative Reading Week program you will:

  • Evaluate your identity, values and roles in relation to social issues and social justice in the Edmonton community
  • Analyze stereotypes and stigma individually and societally in relation to the cycle of poverty
  • Apply leadership skills such as teamwork and values-based action to connect with peers and others in the community
  • Develop a sense of citizenship and recognize the role that individuals have in creating positive change in the community

Alternative Reading Week events

Date Event Time
Saturday, Feb 15 Introduction to service learning 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb 16 Work at Hope Mission 12:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb 18 Volunteer at Operation Friendship 10:15AM - 4:30PM
Wednesday, Feb 19 - Thursday, Feb 20 Overnight retreat at the Mustard Seed 9:00 a.m. (Wednesday) - 4:30 p.m. (Thursday)
Friday, Feb 21 Graduation dinner 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

There are only ten spots available, so please ensure you apply by February 5 to be considered. Successful and waitlisted applicants will be contacted by February 6. If you have any questions please email Teagan at