Youth Advisory Committee of the Board

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Posted Date: November 29, 2022

Time CommitmentMonthly meetings, 1st or 2nd Monday of the month from 6-8pm. There is a schedule of in-person and on-line meetings. Five to ten hours of work between meetings which may include visiting YMCA youth program sites, working with a small team on research to prepare for a podcast or presentation to the Board of Directors or attending a community event. Must be available to attend the annual Board retreat, 1st weekend of November (Friday 12 noon to Sunday 12 noon).
Minimum Age19-26
Location(s)Toronto Yonge Street YMCA (90 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto).

Program Description

The Board Youth Advisory Committee reviews, advises and makes recommendations about issues of importance to young people living the in the GTA. It acts as an incubator for young leaders to recruit, orient and support them in understanding the governance of a charitable institution.

Major Duties

  • Provide strategic advice to the Board from the perspective and lived experience of young people in our programs and living in the GTA region. It will continue to visit YMCA GTA programs and connect with other young advisory volunteers for awareness and insight into YMCA work.
  • Represents and advocates for the YMCA of Greater Toronto at YMCA international, national, provincial, and local forums, as well as community events as requested;
  • Gathers research and insight on the needs/wants of young people in the GTA, acting as advocates as the Association continues to serve as many of the young people in the GTA as possible and in the best possible way.

Qualifications

  • Must be 19-26 years of age; other volunteer experience required.
  • Successful applicants to this role will need to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid medical or other Human Rights Code-related exemption.
  • Able to demonstrate leadership abilities learned in other roles at school, work or other volunteer experience.
  • Interest in learning about governance of a large charity; life-long learner at heart.
  • Have a relationship to or lived experience with a specific population of young people in the GTA (e.g., LGBTQ2I, marginalized/ disadvantaged neighbourhoods, people with disabilities, or those exiting the child welfare system)
  • Skills in reviewing research, social media, presentations, podcasting; or knowledge of systems such as healthcare, law/policing, economic, housing, environmental, or education.
  • Able to think abstractly and strategically about issues that youth in the GTA care about.
  • Enjoy working with peers.

Benefits

  • Opportunity to give voice to issues that concern young people in the GTA.
  • Network with other young leaders, YMCA senior staff and Board members.
  • Attend community events with senior staff and Board members.
  • Our members have gone on to join our Board, other boards of charities and advisory groups; travelled nationally and internationally on behalf of the YMCA of Greater Toronto.

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?

The YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great place to volunteer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. Guided by our shared values — kindness, well-being, integrity, inclusiveness, respect, and optimism — the YMCA provides thousands of volunteers with meaningful positions and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits, and growth opportunities.

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 charity that ignites the potential in people, helping them grow, lead, and give back to their communities. As outlined in our 2020–2025 strategic plan, Ignite the Light, we are focused on boosting well-being and promoting equity across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). In the future we see for our region, everyone will have opportunities to shine their brightest.

Mirroring the diversity we’re privileged to have in the GTA, our YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of our communities. For 170 years, the YMCA of Greater Toronto has provided opportunities for people to shine through a variety of programs and services including health and fitness, licensed child care, camps, employment and immigrant services, education and training, and services for youth, families, and seniors. When you donate to the YMCA of Greater Toronto, you help ensure more people get access to these vital programs that help them connect, grow, and reach their full potential.