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Open Circle Spiritual Journey Event

It’s amazing how the people we surround ourselves with influence who we become. In Student Open Circles, we intentionally create communities of belonging and service, the kind of spaces that ...

Elliot, student leader and volunteer tutor

By Elliot Fung, student leader

I asked my mentee to read the word “each.” He paused to think about it, frowning and fidgeting, a million thoughts running through his ...

Team Building Activity
After two years of Zoom screenshots, we're excited to share photos of some of our recent in-person gatherings and weekly volunteer groups. Students are loving being together “IRL” and so are we!
Open Circle ClubsFest table

by Jay Patel, student

Above photo: Jay (middle) tells other students about Open Circle at a Welcome Week event (first time in a long while we’ve been able to do this ...

Crowdfunding Campaign 2022-2023 banner

Join Student Open Circle in Building Authentic Connections by supporting our crowdfunding campaign. Help us raise $7,000 to support students spiritually, in their personal and leadership growth, and in service ...

A student reading with a child at an afterschool program

Give a gift that changes lives. Our unique charity gifts are perfect as a special gift for loved ones. Ideal for ‘someone who has everything,’ those hard-to-buy-for friends and loved ones ...

Adrian, student leader

Madeline and Shunmathi have been involved in Student Open Circles for long enough to remember our pre-pandemic, in-person ways of being together. Most of the current students in this community ...

Letters written to seniors

by Madeline Koo, student leader

Volunteering with Student Open Circles (SOC) has taught me so much more than just giving back to the community. It has taught me how ...

Abhiraj

by Abhiraj Minhas, student leader

Having volunteered with the Reading Rocks program for over a year, I have been able to provide students who identi-fy as having a learning disability ...

Shunmathi and other students washing dishes

by Shunmathi Shanmugam, student leader

Above photo: Shunmathi (middle), enjoying a moment of spontaneous laughter while doing chores together at a weekend spiritual retreat. As a student, Shunmathi has been ...
Student quote: Open Circle was one of the healthiest choices I made

During these challenging times, Student Open Circles is supporting resilience in students and in the Hamilton community, continually adapting to changing needs with new programs starting up this spring. Resilience ...