UPEI students, staff, and faculty will go to local Aboriginal communities on a rotating basis. Kitpu will build relationships and connections between these communities and the UPEI community through tutoring, social events and community projects. UPEI volunteers and staff will go into the communities and academically tutor students in both elementary school and high school. Giving Aboriginal students academic strategies to succeed in school will build confidence and competence and make school a more positive experience.
The goal of Panther Passport is to engage Aboriginal students with UPEI students, staff and faculty, forming a lasting bond that will encourage Aboriginal students to complete their academic secondary education with the intention of attending post-secondary education. The relationships formed by this project will ease the transition to university for Aboriginal students. Students and community members will know about the support services at the Webster Centre. Between the foundational work of kitpu, the academic supports at the Webster Centre, and the more intensive social support of the Mawi' Omi Centre, Aboriginal students have a greater opportunity to enter university and be successful.