Volunteering at The Youth Project
Why volunteer? 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 experience do I need? 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 start volunteering at The Youth Project?
The Youth Project is a small non-profit and has a limited amount of volunteer opportunities available. Check out the current volunteer postings. If none are available, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be added our volunteer mailing list. You’ll receive updated information about the youth project and be notified when any new volunteer positions are posted.
Step 1: Check to see what volunteer positions are available.
The Youth Project will post when volunteer positions are available. If no positions are available, but you would like to be notified when a position is open, please email email@example.com and we will add you to our volunteer mailing list.
Step 2: Volunteer Application
Please only submit the volunteer application for advertised positions.
You can return your completed form to:
The Youth Project
2281 Brunswick St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Scan and email you form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or fax it to (902) 423-7735
Step 3: Interview
A volunteer interview will be conducted in order to get to know more about the applicant and to assess suitability for the position they’ve applied for. This interview is normally conducted by a Youth Project staff member and a member of the Youth Board.
Step 4: New Volunteer Training
This training is designed to introduce new volunteers to the ins and outs of volunteering for the Youth Project. Topics include language, boundaries and ethics, policy and procedures, and how to handle difficult situations. After volunteers attended this training, they will eligible for applied position.
Step 5: Background Check
The Youth Project works with youth under the age of 16 as well as those in vulnerable situations. As a result, we require that all volunteers undergo a criminal background check as well as a child abuse registry check.
Half of the cost of these checks will be covered by the Youth Project, but they must be completed. If there is a financial barrier to having these completed, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com.
The criminal records check is done online. An e-mail invitation from MyBackCheck will be sent to you in order to proceed. The child abuse registry check is filled out on paper by the volunteer and mailed in by the Youth Project.
Step 6: Confidentiality and Code of Conduct Sign-Off
The Youth Project requires that all volunteers and staff read and understand the confidentiality agreement as well as the code of conduct policy and sign-off on it. This is in place to further protect the youth members and the volunteer. These are two very important policies at the Youth Project. Sign-off confirms that you understand and agree to the terms of the policy. You will receive copies of these at your volunteer training.
Step 7: Additional Training
Depending on what role volunteers take on, there may be some additional training required. This can include facilitation, suicide intervention, empathic listening, etc.
Step 8: Placement
Once all the steps have been completed volunteers will be placed in their volunteer position. This position is agreed upon by the volunteer and Youth Project staff.
This position may change over time requiring additional training.
Some of our volunteer roles require a monthly commitment of 3 hours on specific days. We request that only those who are willing and able to commit to these positions for a minimum of 6 months apply. Here is a list of positions that require a monthly commitment:
Facilitating Connect the Dots
Sackville Public Library: 1st Tuesday of the month 6:00-8:00
Woodlawn Public Library: 3rd Tuesday of the month 6:00-8:00
Sir William Spry Library: Last Tuesday of every month 6:00-8:00
Supervising Movie Night: Fourth Tuesday of every other month
Supervising Drop-In: Second Tuesday of every month
Facilitating Craft Night: Fourth Tuesday of every other month
Facilitating Transformers: Third Wednesday of every month
Facilitating Talk It Out: First Wednesday of every month
Maintaining the Library: Ongoing basis, minimum 3 hours per month
If you can only volunteer occasionally you can get involved in:
Special event supervision:
Queer prom: June
Pride week activities: July
Coffee House and Talent Night: Throughout the year
Camp Seahorse: August
Book Club: Stay tuned!
Guest speakers: On-going basis
Maintenance and repair work
At this time we do not require occasional volunteers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our mailing list. We will notify you when new volunteer opportunities are available.Tweets by @YouthProject_NS
Past AGM reports: 2010-2011 | 2011-2012 | 2012-2013
It Gets Better
Check out this It Gets Better video from the employees of Pride Health, Capital Health and the IWK - a big thank-you for all the Youth Project shout-outs! These are the people in your community!