||High school graduation rates are low in Winnipeg’s North End, and post-secondary education is not part of many young adults’ consciousness. But exciting and effective adult/post-secondary educational initiatives have emerged on Selkirk Avenue in the North End. In their totality these educational initiatives comprise what many are thinking of as a “North End Community Campus”—a coherent and strategic approach to education and community development.
The next step in this process is the redevelopment of the old Merchants Hotel into Merchants Corner. At Merchants Corner the University of Winnipeg’s Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies will share space with CEDA-Pathways to Education, the North End high school support program. The complex will also include 30 units of housing for students with families, a café and community space, and literacy programming for community members.
In this workshop we will describe the educational and community development vision that is embodied in Merchants Corner and the North End Community Campus, and will discuss what is being done on Selkirk Avenue as an example of “grassroots engagement” in education.