Volunteers needed immediately!
We have some new openings for program nights that require facilitators!
If you are interested in any of these opportunities please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 429-5429
3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:00-8:00
A social support group for transgender, genderqueer and gender-questioning youth ages 25 and under.
Opening YP discussion space
Assist in programming for Transformers nights
(Relevant experience could include facilitation experience, experience with transgender issues/community)
Facilitator: Movie Night
4th Tuesday of each month
Open YP movie space
Set up equipment
Watch totally awesome LGBTQ-themed movie
The Youth Project relies on the time and energy of volunteers in order to continue the great programs we are able to offer. It is a great opportunity to give back to the community, mentor youth and meet new people. Volunteering can be both fun and rewarding.
What is expected of volunteers?
The Youth Project is a youth serving agency. We expect volunteers to be professional and respect the policies and practices of the Youth Project. We expect volunteers to be responsible, reliable, and trusted mentors for youth. Finally, we expect volunteers to feel valued, appreciated and to have fun.
What kind of time commitment do I need to give?
Your level of time commitment depends on your availability. However we ask that volunteers be able, at minimum, to provide 3 hours per month, 1 day for training, and 2 volunteer meetings per year.
What experience do I need?
You don’t need any! Any experience you do have is valuable, but don’t worry of you don’t have any. We provide training. All we ask is that you are youth friendly, have an open mind, and are able to give us some of your time.
Do I have to be LGBTQ to be a volunteer?
No. Allies are an important part of the community. We do not require volunteers to be LGBTQ. We value our straight allies. We want people who are LGBTQ supportive regardless of their own identity.
How do I become a volunteer?
In order to become a volunteer at the Youth Project you must first fill out the volunteer application. This will give us a little bit of background about you and what your interests are. From there you can begin the volunteer process:
We offer the volunteer orientations a few times a year. This is an opportunity to bring together potential volunteers and discuss the expectations of and opportunities for volunteers at the Youth Project. It also gives potential new volunteers a chance to see what kinds of opportunities exist, what openings are available and how the organization functions.
All volunteers at the Youth Project are required to provide a police background check. This can be done at the HRM police station or an RCMP detachment. The costs associated with this can be reimbursed by the Youth Project. Volunteers are also required to sign a Code of Conduct Agreement and a Confidentiality Agreement.
Volunteers will be required to attend a day long or two half day new volunteer training. Depending on the role the volunteer is taking on, there may be additional training. There are training opportunities provided throughout the year that volunteers may take part in.
Opportunities for Volunteers...
We have many opportunities for volunteers at the Youth Project. They range from helping out at events to office work to regular group facilitation. You can be involved as little or as much as your time allows.
Here are some roles for volunteers:
These volunteers run our evening groups and programs, along with youth leaders. Facilitators are needed for:
- Transformers (support for transgender youth)
- Various groups for LGBQ youth.
- Movie Night
- Drop-In Night
- Special programs
Throughout the year we have many activities and events. Volunteers can help plan, organize and be present at events. Some examples of events are:
- Queer prom
- Pride week activities
- Coffee House and Talent Night
- Camp Seahorse
- Book Club
- Guest speakers
Office and Community Work
There is plenty of work to be done on the day to day work of the Youth Project. This includes:
- Community education
- Board of Directors
- Office work
- Maintenance and repair
- Computer work
- Food bank
The Youth Board is a good way to get involved in the overall running of the Project. If you have the time and energy, the Youth Board is an excellent way to volunteer. If the Youth Board isn’t for you, there are plenty of events and activities and tasks that require youth volunteers.
Past AGM reports: 2010-2011 | 2011-2012
It Gets Better
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