“Minding” the Gap: A Mental Health Awareness Project

-Alyssa Mae Domingo When I applied to Peter Lougheed Leadership College, I knew I wanted to give back to the country where I grew up in, the Philippines. The 200-hour “stretch experience” is a great opportunity to make it happen. I started from scratch with only the “motivation” and the “purpose” in mind to do […]

My Life-changing Teaching Experience in Natal, Brazil

“Olá, meu nome e Xiaole.”  On June 27th, I arrived in Natal, Brazil. On August 14th, I left my older version of myself in this charming and magical city. As an English teacher, I volunteered for 6 weeks in Centro Educacional Dom Bosco, a Catholic informal education school that has different social projects for children […]

Promoting Inclusivity

Azan Esmail The University of Alberta High School Model United Nations conference (HSMUN) is the largest high school Model United Nations conference in western Canada. HSMUN is an annual non-for-profit three-day conference that is hosted in late February for high school students across Alberta. Founded in 2002, HSMUN offers an opportunity for around 500 Alberta […]

Not Your Everyday Camp Coach

July 15th, 2019 Almost fourteen years ago, I was a young girl who attended my first Green & Gold soccer summer camp at the University of Alberta. A number of my coaches at that time were Pandas’ soccer players. I still remember how much I looked up to them and wanted to be like them […]

Increasing the Reach and Impact of YoungLeaders.World

Hi all! My name is Julianna Stern and I am working at YoungLeaders.World (YL.W) as the Communications and Business Development Intern for my Stretch Experience. YL.W is a non-profit organization in Edmonton that provides leadership training to youth through local and international summits and conferences. Officially founded in 2016, YL.W is now growing rapidly and […]

Queering it up in West Central Sask!

PRIDE MONTH is upon us!! Fitting for the occasion, the West Central Queer-Straight Alliance officially kicked off this week, aiming to support the local queer community and promote inclusivity in our corner of rural Saskatchewan. As in every community, there has always been queerness afoot in Kindersley, Sk. and surrounding area, however, there haven’t been […]

Increasing Support for Mental Health and Wellness Through Education

My Stretch Experience – Kayla Gulka As a first scholar of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta and having just finished my third year of my Elementary Education degree program I am excited to share what I have been working on this summer! The “Stretch Experience” is a task that all […]

Educating about Sustainability

Hey everyone, Courtney McQueen here! My stretch experience is about sustainability. I am working with a group based at the University of Calgary, called the Students on Sustainability (SOS). Our objective is to teach students about sustainability. I got to create a module about environmental policy, and then teach it to some high school students. […]

Ending the stigma around Period.

As students in North America, we have been privileged enough to experience quality education, but somehow even in a first world country like ours, we still face barriers when it comes to talking about periods. In Africa, 10% of girls will not go to school during their periods, while in India 50% of girls are […]

I’ve Gone National

By Adam Brown   When this is called a “stretch experience”, that’s a perfect way to describe the last 8 months of my life. One of those stretching facets, the one which I have chosen to use for this project, is that I am serving as Chair of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. CASA […]

Open-ing up our Education

By: Akanksha Bhatnagar 2018 was the first year I travelled completely alone. A backpack, myself and my headphones with a broken left ear. I was sitting on the New York Subway, honestly pretty nervous and I was walking around downtown Toronto just hoping to meet Drake. This year, my Stretch Experience allowed me to travel […]

When Teaching Becomes Learning

Hallo semuanya. Nama saya Snehaa. Aku dari Canada!! My first introduction was one of the ongoing jokes some of my students in Bandung, Indonesia had about me. Clad in a long cotton dress with Indian patterns, and dangling jhumkas, I would proudly say that I was Canadian, with ready responses to any protests or confused […]