YWCA Youth Education Programs – Volunteer

Our Youth Education Programs in Vancouver and Surrey work to build self-esteem and confidence in Grade 7 girls and boys, supporting them to develop essential life skills and the necessary tools to successfully transition to high school. Boys’ and girls’ programs run side-by-side and are delivered once a week over nine weeks in select schools. Programs are led and delivered by a team of two Facilitators, one or two High School Ambassadors, and an adult Wisdom Champion Mentor.

Volunteer Roles:
Wisdom Champion Mentors are mature adult mentors with career and life experience who volunteer their time and knowledge to support, encourage, and share stories with the program facilitators and the Grade 7 participants.

Facilitators are typically university/college aged students who volunteer their time to deliver the nine week programs. They act as role models, lead the program activities and share their life experience with the program participants.

High School Ambassadors are secondary students in Grades 10-12 who support the volunteer team in the delivery of the programs, share insight into the life of a high school student and act as a positive role model.

Desired Skills and Experience:
• Experience with youth an asset, or an understanding of the diverse challenges they face.
• Confidence leading and delivering program to Grade 7 youth
• Motivation to make a significant difference in the lives of young people.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Program Details

Time: 3 hour sessions once a week, for 9 weeks, during after-school hours. Programs run twice a year, from February – April, and October – December.

Where: Select elementary schools and high schools in Vancouver and Surrey

Travel Stipend Provided: $75 for Wisdom Champions and Facilitators; bus tickets for High School Mentors.

Full Training Provided: Volunteer training for working with youth will be provided, alongside ongoing support from the YWCA Youth Team. We also offer free first-aid training.

Learn more and apply at ywcavan.org/youth

Have questions? Contact us:
Tel: 604-895-5779
Email: abutz@ywcavan.org

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