Our Programs

We create sustainable impact through the power of education.

Improving equity in education through strategic grants


Global Impact Fund

Over $2.5 million granted, improving access to education for 150,000 students.

Through donations collected through programs such as Exam Aids and through sponsorships, we generate funding for organizations working in communities facing barriers to education. Through a thoughtful application and selection process, we empower locally-based organizations to identify their educational needs and priorities and provide funding to support the delivery of chosen projects.

Learn more about the Impact of what we’ve funded: sosvolunteertrips.org/our-impact

Elevating education through peer-to-peer learning


Exam Aids

Over 100,000 students across Canada have taken part in an SOS Exam Aid session and 96% of attendees say they would recommend a session to a friend!

Through Exam Aids, student volunteers in 3rd or 4th year who’ve achieved academic excellence in their area of study give their time pro bono to support peers transitioning into the post-secondary environment. Through our sessions instructors review key learning concepts in an interactive and high energy environment, helping attendees improve their learning comprehension while reducing exam-related anxiety. Our volunteers are screened through an intensive application process and trained to deliver high- quality sessions through an approach learned from our +10 years of experience. Meanwhile, attendees are invited to pay-it-forward by contributing a donation to support our Global Impact Fund.

Learn more at sosvolunteertrips.org/exam-aids

Igniting leaders through immersive cultural exchange


Volunteer Abroad Trips

+1500 Canadians have participated in an SOS Trip. 94% say they would recommend the experience to a friend.

SOS Volunteer Trips are intended to help student volunteers develop a holistic understanding and commitment to social justice and global citizenship in all aspects of how they live, work and play. Trips are one to two week international experiences through which students provide hands-on support to local projects designed by on-the-ground NGO partners, while learning about local history, politics, and culture. Trips are fully immersive, through which students stay in local community facilities and work and play alongside the communities in which Global Impact Fund projects are based.

Learn more at sosvolunteertrips.org/trip-overview/

Elevating education through access to learning resources


Textbooks for Change

Over 3,000 wish-listed textbooks have been collected by SOS Chapter to support educational partners.

Various SOS’ Student Chapters across the country work in collaboration with our partner, Textbooks for Change (INCLUDE LINK) to support campus-based textbook drives. Collected textbooks are cross-referenced with wish-lists of libraries of four partner universities based in Tanzania (East Africa), while remaining books are resold to raise funds for micro-granting programs, program costs, and support to educational charities.

Learn more at https://textbooksforchange.com/

Supporting equity in Professional Study Program


MCAT for Social Impact

As the cost of tuition rises within Canada, pursuing further education becomes increasingly inaccessible. Through the MCAT for Social Impact program, we enable student leaders who’ve shown their commitment to social equity, who may face financial barriers, to receive discounted access to Princeton Review MCAT Prep Courses to pursue medical school. Scholarships are given annually through a competitive application process each Spring. Check SOS’ social media channels to be informed when the opportunity is made available! A special thanks go to the Princeton Review who sponsors this program.

Igniting leaders through lifelong community engagement


SOS Alumni Network Program

With over 10,000 past volunteers, the SOS Alumni Network is connecting a generation of emerging community leaders.

Through the SOS Alumni Network, we assist our past volunteers to continue making social impact beyond their time on campus. Example programs include:

  • SOS Link: This program helps graduating volunteers find mentors to their holistic development as community leaders as they navigate life after graduation
  • SOS Opportunities Network: this program helps connect our past volunteers with other social mission organizations providing forums for learning and impact which build off the SOS volunteer experience

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