Youth Cannabis Awareness Program Youth Advisory Council

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Posted Date: August 24, 2022

Time CommitmentAttending bi-monthly virtual meetings from September 2021 to August 2022. Meetings are approximately 90 minutes in length. Must attend mandatory training in September. Virtual meetings to take place in October, December, February, April, June and August. Flexible hours on completing individual research projects or other tasks for meeting (approximately 90 minutes outside of scheduled meetings).
Minimum Age15-24
Location(s)This is a virtual opportunity open to youth across Canada.

Program Description

The Youth Cannabis Awareness Program (YCAP) offers free programming to youth aged 12 to 24, as well as adults (parents/guardians and professionals) involved in the lives of youth. Informed by protective factors contributing to youth mental health, YCAP provides a multi-faceted approach to increase knowledge and skills supporting positive youth development. YCAP takes a harm reduction approach and does not make value judgments regarding recreational cannabis use. The program aims to minimize risks associated with cannabis use by providing youth, and adults involved in youth’s lives, with the most accurate and unbiased information. YCAP is a free national education prevention initiative funded through Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program and delivered by YMCA of Greater Toronto across Canada.

Major Duties

  • Attending bi-monthly virtual meetings to advise and inform YCAP program content and materials.
  • Identifying and engaging in topics related to recreational cannabis awareness in informed, meaningful, conversations.
  • Completing group and/or individual research project outside out meeting times (when necessary).
  • Preparing and sharing findings from research and projects completed.
  • Submitting monthly time sheets to Program Coordinator which details independent projects and research activities including number of volunteer hours.


  • Youth must be between the ages of 15-24.
  • 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.
  • Passionate about being an advocate of positive change.
  • Must have access to a computer with internet access, video and audio and ability to use Zoom.
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership capabilities learned in other roles at school, work or other volunteer experience.
  • Self-motivated youth who can work individually and collaboratively with a group.
  • Make a commitment to upholding YMCA Values.


  • Build professional development skills and make a difference in how YCAP delivers cannabis awareness and education programming  
  • Connect with other youth from across Canada to learn from one another and share ideas.  
  • Opportunity to develop skills in leadership, communication and critical thinking while earning volunteer hours.
  • Learn about cannabis awareness and harm reduction.

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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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.