Outreach Assistant

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Posted Date: April 04, 2017

Time CommitmentTwo to four hours per week.
Minimum Age18
Location(s)Scarborough Finch Ave YMCA Centre

Program Description

YMCA Employment Resource Centres offer a variety of services to help youth and adults gain employment.  Job seekers can benefit from our free employment programs and resources, attend free workshops and get one-on-one personalized support from our professional staff.  Newcomer centres help newcomers to Canada connect with services and resources to help them settle into the GTA.

Major Duties

Under direct supervision of the Outreach Specialist:

  • Assists with the creation of a strategic plan for recruitment efforts among targeted groups.
  • Supports the Outreach Specialist in the facilitation of various employment related workshops and information sessions
  • Assists with the distribution of outreach tools such as brochures, flyers, etc.


  • Minimum age 18.
  • Successful applicants to this role will need to provide a Police Reference Check from their local police service before their first day of volunteering and every three years on the anniversary of their first day of volunteering.
  • Public speaking experience and administration of group activities (workshops, information sessions, etc.).
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and sensitivity to client/member needs.
  • Basic knowledge of the use of office equipment.
  • Basic knowledge of computer systems; the ability to use programs such as MS Word, Outlook, Publisher, Power Point; the ability to use the Internet for the purposes of conducting research.
  • Knowledge regarding issues related to barriers to employment within ethnically diverse populations and “at-risk” youth.
  • Knowledge of employment basics (resume writing, interviewing skills and job search).
  • Acceptance and adherence to YMCA Values, policies and procedures.


  • Make a difference in the lives of people in your community by supporting their employment goals.
  • Learn about job search resources available in your community and increase your job search skills.
  • Develop interpersonal and communication skills with members and other staff.
  • Learn about diversity at the YMCA and meet new people from all walks of life.
  • Learn about working with “at risk” youth in various communities.
  • Gain valuable Canadian work experience.
  • 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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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 program. 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. Volunteers understand the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.

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.