Next Stop Canada Youth Mentor

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Posted Date: June 29, 2017

Time CommitmentSix Months Comittment Preferred
Minimum Age16-24
Location(s)Toronto Yonge Street YMCA Centre (2200 Yonge St. Suite 300)

Program Description

Next Stop Canada Youth (NSCY) is a program that provides online settlement support, learning opportunities, and mentorship to pre-arrival youth ages 12 to 19 who are destined for Canada. This online program helps overseas youth prepare for immigration by providing them with the information, knowledge, and resources needed to quickly adapt and integrate into Canadian society.

Major Duties

  • Mentor and chat with pre-arrival youth to help them with their settlement needs.
  • Share immigration experience and provide practical settlement tips to pre-arrival youth.
  • Work with other NSCY mentors to develop NSCY online content (blogs, vlogs).
  • Assist with creation of monthly newsletter and knowledge articles.
  • Attend two mentor meetings per month to further develop skills and provide input for NSCY.
  • Attend two live-chat sessions per month to engage with pre-arrival youth on the platform.
  • Assist with meetings including facilitating discussions, helping with activity set-up, and post-activity clean up (if needed).
  • Complete mentor training.

Qualifications

  • Must have newcomer experience between the ages of 16 - 24.
  • Volunteers ages 16 and above will need to provide a Vulnerable Sector Screening from their local police service before their first day of volunteering and every three years on the anniversary of their first day of volunteering.
  • Experience and sensitivity dealing with people from different cultural, racial and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate some technological experience and usage of social media tools (i.e. Facebook, Twitter)
  • Responsible, punctual, outgoing and friendly while demonstrating a willingness to learn.
  • Must demonstrate strong leadership and team work skills.
  • Only qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.

Benefits

  • Make a difference in your community by ensuring overseas newcomer youth have a positive transition into Canadian society.
  • Learn about diversity at the YMCA and meet new people from all walks of life.
  • Be a part of the YMCA team and promote the YMCA Mission, Vision and Values.
  • Build new skills and learning strategies.
  • Enhance technical skills.
  • Earn volunteer hours. 

How to apply

Complete the online volunteer application. You will need to provide the position title and location information of this position during step 3 of the application.

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Why Volunteer for the Y?

YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great place to volunteer through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all volunteers. The YMCA provides thousands of volunteers with meaningful opportunities to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values.

Our Commitments

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association.

We are committed to an environment that is barrier-free. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

Volunteers ensure the health, safety and well-being of all children, youth and vulnerable people in YMCA programs. Volunteers commit to the professional responsibility of maintaining knowledge of legislation, policies and procedures, child and youth development and best practices to best serve and protect children, youth, and vulnerable people.

About YMCA of Greater Toronto

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a dynamic charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. Our 2010-2020 strategic plan, Strong Start Great Future, calls upon our Association to invest in young people across their life stages to deliver on our vision of ensuring our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. This community health strategy includes a significant role for adults and older adults.

Mirroring the region’s diversity, the YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment and essential skills, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness, sports and aquatics, international programs, child care and camps.

When you support the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Annual Giving, you help us ensure more children, youth and young adults have the chance to be healthy, and so much more. We believe that by providing our children with a strong start, they will have a great future. And, ultimately, strong, healthy children mean strong, healthy communities in the GTA for the years to come.