Graduate Brantford

The Graduate Brantford Strategy, Building a Community of Learning, brings together community partners to support education and inspire lifelong learning for Brantford residents.

Graduate Brantford Strategies

Enriching Early Learning

Early childhood represents a critical time in human brain development. A growing body of research shows that high quality interventions targeted at families with children 0 to 6 years old can improve their school readiness. Initiatives include the establishment of the EarlyON Child and Family Centres and the approved development of an Indigenous-led EarlyON centre.

Support Success in Schools

Leaving secondary school early has a significant impact on the life of the individuals and for the entire community. We foster school success through initiatives like the Major Ballachey School Hub, Higher Education for Youth Day, and increased access to licensed childcare spaces.

Preparing for Careers and Lifelong Learning

We ensure education and training is linked to local employment opportunities by working with community partners. Successful initiatives include the expansion of Wilfrid Laurier University – Brantford Campus, Conestoga College, Six Nations Polytechnic and the launch of Epic Jobs, where secondary students gain exposure to the skilled trades through hands-on, interactive activities and inspirational speakers.

CityStudio

CityStudio is an innovative hub where students, City staff, and community stakeholders tackle municipal issues and co-create solutions that support the City's strategic priorities.

Featured CityStudio projects include:

  • Cigarette Ballot Bin in Downtown Brantford
  • Lead Pipe Awareness Campaign
  • Hawk Walk
  • Social participation among older adults.

By implementing these projects, we are creating a community that is more liveable, sustainable, and socially prosperous while providing students with opportunities to develop their skills and make meaningful contributions to their community.

Community Changemakers Certificate

The Community Changemakers Program is a free 6-week course that will give you the information and tools you need to go from an idea to a ready-to-go project. The City has partnered with Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford Campus to design a certificate program for residents with an interest in creating neighbourhood projects. The program provides instruction in project design and budgeting, and connects residents to Laurier staff and community partners to support your project.

Interested? Apply online for the Community Changemakers program.