Making a Difference

In the News

Hamilton Citizen of the Year finalists with Mayor Fred Eisenberger, honouring the work of Student Open Circles

Our Mission

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

  • 21 weekly teams of volunteers
  • Over 300 students give 10,000 hours of service each year
  • Over 150 students involved in weekly Reflection Groups, Events, Personal Discovery Courses, and Retreats

Volunteers Helping Kids

“One of my favourite experiences with the Student Open Circles volunteer group was when we took the youth ice skating at the Hamilton Waterfront. For most of our children, this was their first time putting on skates. Without hesitation the volunteers took youth members one by one onto the ice. The children were overjoyed to be “skating” with the help of the volunteers. On any given day we may have 30 children attending the program. With extra support from the volunteers, we are able to spend more quality time with individual youth. The outcome has been fantastic: children that have been reserved and shy, are becoming vocal and more involved. It is wonderful to see the children become more enthusiastic about activities because of encouragement from the volunteers.

— HARRRP YouthCreate staff