About Student Open Circles

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Since 2001, Student Open Circles has been working with students to support them in their life and spiritual journeys and to make a difference in the community.

Founders, Marybeth Leis and Jeff Druery, have been providing guidance for students since 1995. As they listened to students, they recognized the need for welcoming and respectful spaces for students from a diversity of backgrounds to explore meaning, values, spirituality, and social justice.

We are a Canadian registered charity based in Hamilton, Ontario (registration number 891444309 RR0001).

Our Vision

Students who care about self and others, and create better communities wherever they go

Our Mission

Student Open Circles mentors and empowers students from diverse backgrounds in personal and spiritual reflection, community service, and leadership development

Our Values

  • Care and Compassion
  • Safety and Respect
  • Dignity and Worth of all Individuals
  • Spiritual Reflection and Growth
  • Community Engagement and Service
  • Authenticity and Integrity

Our Major Sponsors

Student Open Circles is supported by the generosity of donors, local community partners, and grants. Every contribution makes a difference. Become a Donor

Emergency Community Support Fund Logo

Funding for our Community Volunteer Circles program is provided by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund.

Hamilton Community Foundation Logo

Funding for our Community Volunteer Circles program is provided by The Edith H. Turner Foundation Fund and the Pandemic Response Fund of the Hamilton Community Foundation.

Hamilton Mennonite Church Logo

Recognizing the need for inclusive, non-sectarian spaces for students to engage in spiritual exploration and service, Hamilton Mennonite Church has financially supported Student Open Circles from our inception.

Ontario Trillium Foundation Logo

Funding for our online student wellness workshops and reflection circles during the COVID-19 pandemic is provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Many other individual donors help to make Student Open Circles possible. Become a Donor