Action Generation

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12 days of Christmas Countdown: A Friendly Christmas Competition!

Guys!!! We're launching a super chill christmas comp!


AYV is looking for artists from all around Alberta that, if chosen, will be matched with an organization and asked to creatively represent that organization using a blank X-Mas card. Feel free to get wild...cut, draw, paint, stain....whatever, as long as it pays homage to the org! Each card will be featured on our Website, FB, and twitter as part of our 12 days of christmas countdown, along with a bio about the artist and a bit about the organization. We aim to creatively raise awareness about some youth friendly organizations around our beautiful province! To Qualify email us a picture of your work and a little blurb about why you want in!

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Guest Blogger Emma Hillier is giving us her top 5 volunteer tips!


My Top 5 Volunteer Tips:

How to get started and find that meaningful volunteer experience

Many people want to volunteer or think that they have something to contribute but get deterred because they don’t know where to start looking. Surprisingly, it isn’t that hard and the most daunting part is getting started. There are lots of resources that could be helpful, but it may seem like there are too many organizations that need your help to even know where to start. Here are a couple tips to help you get started and find what will hopefully be a meaningful volunteer experience:

  • Think about what you are interested in or good at. The best way to enjoy a volunteer experience is to do something that you will be good at and are interested in. This can mean starting your search with local hospitals if you are interested in medicine or enjoy being around people, or tutoring children if you are good in school and like kids.
  • Think about why you want to volunteer. Volunteering can be very rewarding for a number of reasons, but the desire to volunteer should be something that comes from you, not someone else.
  • Figure out how much time you can dedicate to volunteering. With the very hectic lifestyles of many people these days, a weekly volunteer position might not work out. Look at your schedule and decide how often that you can realistically volunteer.
  • Think about what kind of tasks you want to do in your volunteer experience. Even though you may be good at something, you may find that there is an organization that you are interested in and it has a task that may give you a challenge. It could be beneficial to decide to do that instead of the task you already know that you are good at.
  • Use the resources readily available to look at relevant opportunities. By going through the other tips you would have a better idea of what kind of opportunity you are looking for, or maybe you still don’t. You can do a general search of local organizations that are in your field of interest or use a website that features a variety of opportunities, such as Action Generation.

Volunteering can be meaningful and enjoyable so don’t get discouraged by the various resources; instead, break down the process into steps.

Good Luck!

Be a Birkie Volunteer!

The Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival is the premier classic ski festival in Canada. This event attracts approximately 2,000 skiers from around the world with events suited for all ages and abilities. Organizing such a large festival requires approximately 600 volunteers!! Volunteer positions include setup and take-down crews, trail crew, registration, timers, hosting, food, transportation, medical, sponsorship, logistics, and marketing. Help out and be a Birkie Volunteer! All event and volunteer information can be found here:



Strathcona County Information VOLUNTEER Centre!

Have you guys heard of this place? If you live in sherwood park and volunteer you've probably heard about it...BUT if you live in Sherwood Park (Strathcona County) and want to volunteer then this is your place! Check out their website, they have a whole list of volunteer opportunities in your area and they're so helpful...just call them if you want any information or if you have any questions - so friendly!!

We collaborated with them last year during the Volunteer Fair and two of our board members gave a presentation on the top 20 reasons they volunteer - we had a blast!

Help Out With Hope Mission

Looking for a place to volunteer? Look no further! Hope Mission is always looking for fun, dedicated people to help out!

Hope Mission is a wonderful center that helps house and feed those less fortunate. You can sign up as a volunteer or as a group. It is a fun way to help the community and make a difference in people's lives.

Go to the HM website to sign up as a volunteer



Tell Your Side of The Story!

Anyone who has had to deal with disaster in any way, shape or form can tell you it is a life altering experience. Whether you face it head-on or through helping a friend or family member, it is never easy. If you have a story to tell about your experience with disaster, or want to voice your thoughts and ideas about youths role in disaster and disaster recovery check out

These submissions can be anything from a video, podcast, collage, piece of art, inforgraphic or poem. So be creative!! Experiment. Find the best way to express yourself and have fun doing it.

This is a great way to help others affected by a disaster and start a conversation about issues which may have been overlooked or ignored.


Guys! Have you heard of the YOUNG EDMONTON GRANTS? Anyone between the ages of 13-22 can apply (with an organization backing them) for a grant to complete a project, program, community event etc. If you have an idea contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can work with you to get your project funded! Check out the link below for more info!

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A bit of history...

AYV (Alberta's YouthVOLUNTEER! Society) was started in 2006 by some awesome peeps not unlike yourselves. They were looking to volunteer but couldn't find any information on how to do it. Being go getters they decided that Alberta needed an organization just for youth to help us find our own information and opportunities!  AYV is an organization run by youth for youth!