***Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons are encouraged to apply.
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Located in East Vancouver, Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) is a registered not-for-profit society. UNYA was formed in 1988 to address Indigenous youth issues, when growing numbers of Indigenous young people began leaving reserves for the city. Today, approximately 60% of the Indigenous population lives in urban settings, and 60% of the overall Indigenous population is under the age of 25.
UNYA is the only Indigenous youth hub in the Vancouver area, and currently operates over 20 programs designed to support the immediate and long-term needs of urban Indigenous youth.
ABOUT THE KINNECTIONS PROGRAM:
The Kinnections Program connects Indigenous youth aged 16-19 years old with volunteer mentors. Our goal is to provide youth with life skills training in hopes that these skills will assist them with their transition into adulthood. Youth set their own goals and volunteer mentors assist youth to achieve those goals.
Example Youth Goals:
- Job search
- Housing search
- Getting fit
We are seeking volunteers from all backgrounds to engage in long term, meaningful, supportive, and consistent relationships with youth. Volunteer mentors work with their youth in a one on one capacity in the community. Volunteer mentors assist their youth with goal setting and achieving goals.
For additional information about UNYA and the Kinnections program check out our website: http://www.unya.bc.ca/programs/education-training/kinnections-program
What we're looking for:
- Able to connect with youth
- Mature positive role model
- Relates well to youth and their needs
- Accepts youth as is
- Able to communicate via internet and text messaging
- Successfully completes all aspects of the screening process
Benefits & Training:
- We offer bimonthly training for all volunteers (residential schools, FASD, self esteem, mental health, gang prevention, etc)
- Monthly group outings (movies, powwows, laser tag, storytelling, kayaking, etc)
- Passes to community and recreational programming
- Tickets to sports and arts events
Deliverables / Duties
- Meet weekly with youth for 2-4 hours
- Communicates monthly activity with Program Manager
- Able to brainstorm free and engaging activities to do with a youth
- Must successfully pass a criminal record check (CRC paid by UNYA).
- Professional and personal character reference checks.
*Please note that this volunteer position is limited and competitive. Only those shortlisted will be contacted.
Please send a copy of your resume and a cover letter to the Program Manager by replying to this post.
Number of Volunteers Required: 5
Time commitment: 2 hours per week for a 1 year minimum.
In the community in Vancouver.