Volunteer Posting 1460

Mentors for Indigenous Youth
Urban Native Youth Association
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
East Vancouver, British Columbia
2 to 4 hours per week
closes in 33 days (Fri, 29 Mar)

Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) has been supporting the health and well-being of Indigenous youth in the Metro Vancouver area for over 30 years. As a respected non-profit, charitable organization, we recognize Indigenous youth as experts in their own lives and strive to provide youth with programs and opportunities that are relevant and meaningful to them.

 

About the Mentorship Program:

The mandate of the Mentorship Program is to connect Indigenous youth, ages 12 to 15, to volunteer mentors in the community. With the support of positive role-models, youth have the opportunity to realize their strengths and work towards future goals. Our aim is to empower youth and provide them with the tools they need to make positive choices and changes, helping them grow into strong, capable and confident adults.

 

Volunteer Position Description:

We are seeking committed volunteer mentors, from all backgrounds, to engage in meaningful and supportive relationships with 12 to 15-year-old Indigenous youth. Volunteer Mentors will meet with their youth throughout the month, and participate in one-on-one, fun, consistent and goal-oriented activities together. Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons are encouraged to apply.

 

Qualifications

  • You are a mature, positive role-model;
  • Must be at least 21 years of age or older
  • You are energetic and able to relate well to youth;
  • You are goal-oriented, and motivated to work with youth on skills development and confidence building;
  • You successfully complete a Criminal Records Check, specific to working with the Vulnerable Sector;
  • You are able to commit to a mentorship lasting a minimum of 1 year, but preferably long-term;
  • You are able to devote 2-4 hours per week to meet with your mentee 

 

Training Provided

  • Mentor training including: First Nations, Inuit and Metis Program- Trauma Informed Relationships: Building Safety, FOIPPA Training, and UNYA lead training. 
  • On-going follow-up and support from Program staff throughout your mentorship;

Benefits

  • Opportunity to develop long-lasting relationships with youth
  • Cross-cultural experience and training;
  • Free monthly group activities;
  • Tickets to sporting, arts and cultural events;
  • Potential references to post-secondary institutions or employers after six successful months of mentoring.

 

Accountability

 

Volunteer Mentors report to the Mentorship Program Manager.

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