NYLD Program Assistant

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Posted Date: April 04, 2017

Time CommitmentThe school year program runs from September to June. A volunteer will be required one day after school during the week and occasionally on other weeknights or weekends for special activities.
Minimum Age21
Location(s)Brampton Union Street YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Town Centre Crt, Thorncliffe Jenner Jean Marie Community Centre (Arabic Speaking), North York Dufferin St YMCA, Toronto Scarborough Milner Business Crt YMCA (Arabic Speaking), and Mississauga City Centre Dr YMCA

Program Description

The Newcomer Youth Leadership Development Program (NYLD) is a unique leadership-based settlement program for newcomer youth and their families with a focus on integration, settlement, skill-building, volunteerism and community involvement. For more information please visit our website http://ymcagta.org/youth-programs/youth-leadership-programs/newcomer-youth-leadership-development-program.

Major Duties

  • Assist staff in planning, running, and set up and take down of NYLD activities.
  • Assist with program preparation (e.g. photocopying, planning games and activities, calling participants, etc.).
  • Assist with running of weekly activities including supervising outings and ensuring the safety of the youth, planning and facilitating icebreakers and teambuilding activities and helping with activity set up and post-activity clean up (if needed).
  • Assist with special event planning and delivery.


  • Minimum age 21.
  • Successful applicants to this role 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 working or volunteering with youth (ages 13-24).
  • Strong English language skills (written and oral).
  • Experience and sensitivity dealing with people from different cultural, racial and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Familiarity with the city of Toronto and Peel region- including public transportation.
  • Responsible, punctual, outgoing and friendly.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with an interest in pursuing a career working with youth/newcomers.
  • Arabic is a requirement for volunteers at the Thorncliffe and Scarborough Milner locations.


  • Gain experience working with newcomer youth and families.
  • 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.

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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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.

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