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2016 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards






Albertans are invited to recognize outstanding youth volunteers

by nominating them for the



2016 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards


The search is on for Alberta’s outstanding youth volunteers as nominations for the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards are open until September 20!

Do you know a young individual who helps out at local fundraisers or takes time to visit with seniors in the community? Is there a young volunteer in your school who serves as a mentor or is a leader for sports and recreation programs? Nominate them for a Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award and help us ensure that the contributions of Alberta’s young volunteers are recognized.


The deadline for submissions is September 20, 2016.

AYV! is seeking Community Mentors


AYV! is looking for community mentors for our YouACT program! Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested. This is a great opportunity to get involved with AYV and make a difference! 

Adaptabilities: Summer Volunteering

Adaptabilities is looking for AMAZING YOUTH to get involved with their summer programs! 

AdaptAbilities is a registered charity that provides one-of-a-kind programs and services empowering individuals with special needs to grow, succeed, and belong. The organization is looking for dedicated volunteers with a shared vision to join the team. This is an opportunity to make a difference through supporting individuals with disabilities to be a part of their community.

Volunteer Relief Care Specialist – Hearts In Action Summer Camp
Volunteers are integral to the operation of the organization allowing us to provide the highest quality of support to the people that we serve. They are a part of the front line team supporting goal directed respite programs and services. Volunteers assist Relief Care Specialists (RCS) in providing reliable, consistent, and quality care that enhances the experience for each individual. If you want to make a difference in a young person’s life VOLUNTEER TODAY.

 Provide a fun and exciting environment
 Develop and facilitate genuine relationships
 Facilitate a supportive and caring environment
 Build positive rapport with participants
 Assist RCS in creating a successful environment
 Focus on the individual’s growth and development
 Learn about individual’s interests, abilities and needs
 Support RCS in the delivery of respite services
 Assist RCS in setting up and carrying out planned activities
 Assist RCS in ensuring centre materials and equipment are well maintained
 Ensure the facility is kept safe, clean and organized
 Fulfill duties as requested by the Team Lead or RCS

 A shared passion and vision with the organization
 High level of professionalism
 Ability to connect with children and young adults who have special needs
 Clear Security Clearance Check and Children and Youth Intervention Record Check
 Must be willing to attend required training sessions and orientation

This seasonal position takes place July through September 2016 with opportunity to continue throughout the year. Shifts are scheduled between 7:30 am – 6:00 pm.

Benefits & Recognition
Reference letters and volunteer hour verification available upon request. Starting as a volunteer is the best way to transition into employment with AdaptAbilties.

Deadline: June 15th, 2016
To apply: E-mail resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

iHuman is looking for volunteers!

iHuman is one of our partner organizations that is always looking for volunteers! They have lots of opportunities for people looking to get involved in an arts-based organization that works to provide a safe-space for vulnerable youth. They have an amazing facility and amazing programs! A great way to get involved in #YEG. 

Get out and volunteer y'all! 

New Program Launch: YouACT!!

AYV is beyond excited to announce we are now live with our new program YouACT!

YouACT is a program designed to give youth, going through the justice system, support and guidance to complete the community service portion of their sanctions or charges. Our program focuses on three pillars to achieve this: mentorship, collaboration & partnership, and a strength based philosophy. Each pillar is necessary in every case to achieve success and positive outcomes. Our goal for this program is to have every youth complete all their community service hours and continue to have a strong connection with their community and self. 

AYV has always had an interest in youth justice and has worked hard to incorporate at-risk and high-risk youth into their programming. Currently, we save 3 spots in our Action Generation Leadership Residency for youth in the iHuman Youth Society Programming and each year they bring a perspective that creates a far more richer and dynamic group. But we wanted to do more. And over the past year have worked with countless individuals to address any gaps in services that meet the mandate and vision of AYV. Changes in legislation and society have dramatically amplified the challenges facing youth today. The Edmonton Youth Justice Committees are seeing more severe charges, and even facing file shortages because more youth are ending up in the system with greater offences. Many of these challenges go far beyond the resources available to current community partnerships. Our Youth Justice Program addresses a current lack of programming for youth who are assigned community services hours.

Mentorship – AYV has a core group of roughly 10 highly skilled volunteers that we call upon to work with certain youth. These mentors are familiar with youth justice, strength based work, and have strong community connections. Together with the program coordinator we work to remove any barriers for the youth (transportation, language, hygiene, unfamiliarity with conventional norms etc). If you are interested in becoming a youth mentor please contact Rhea at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Collaboration & partnerships  - AYV is working with many organizations to provide youth in our program with better, more meaningful volunteer opportunities. Part of this process is educating organizations on the benefits of engaging with our youth, and the contribution they are making to the Edmonton community at large. We have secured many organizations promise to collaborate with signed letters of agreement and move forward on a case by case basis. We provide supervision for the youth, if necessary, as well as work closely with the organization throughout the process. A few examples of organizations currently committed to working with us are Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Alberta Choral Federation, iHuman Youth Society, and many more. Our intention with this program is to work closely with service providers, workers, organizations and the youth, to create a community of support for each youth.

Strength Based Philosophy – this is a solution focused approach that enhances the capacities of individuals, groups, families, neighborhoods and communities to deal with their own challenges. Empowerment results from being treated with respect and having strengths acknowledged and enhanced. We believe that people have resources and are capable of learning new skills and solving problems, by identifying existing competencies they can address their own concerns, therefore, be involved in the process of discovery and learning about themselves. We value trust, respect, intentionality and optimism. What is does not mean: you never say no, you fabricate strengths, being overly complimentary or insincere and you ignore gaps or concerns. Our focus is the meaningful participation of youth in their communities. We use the research completed by Dr Chris Sarra of the Stronger Smarter Institute in Australia to guide our practice.

Research shows that for vulnerable youth, programming that promotes youth development can provide protective factors that can offset multiple risk factors. Social inclusion and community engagement are protective factors that moderate risk, helping to reduce the negative effects associated with the risk factors and help young people better handle their circumstances. AYV believes that supporting these youth to facilitate their transition into adulthood by promoting social development and inclusion is in the interest of society. For the youth our program offers mandated community services hours as meaningful, strength based, service-learning volunteer opportunities. For the community organizations receiving our youth will be provided a professional development opportunity, sense of pride and a real way to give back while contributing to improving our city. By using their strengths through strategic placements the youth can repair the damage done within community. AYV aims to give Edmonton’s youth a chance at continuous involvement with their communities, igniting them on a positive path outside of the criminal justice system. 


Click HERE for the application form

VOLUNTEERS needed for Banff World Media Festival!!


The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is the world's foremost television and digital media content creation event. BANFF will bring together over a thousand television professionals from dozens of countries. In a conference setting at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, the Festival recognizes industry excellence through the Rockie Awards Gala; features provocative sessions and informative master classes; and provides a global platform for networking, discussion and debate of current industry issues. It also enables budding writers and creators to pitch fresh ideas to busy - and typically inaccessible - senior producers and network executives through one-on-one meetings.

A not-for-profit organization, the Banff World Media Festival is owned by the Banff Media Festival Foundation, which has a mandate to recognize, develop, celebrate and encourage excellence in television programming within Canada and around the world. As a beneficial catalyst for growth and prosperity in Canada's television industry, BANFF could not happen without our invaluable team of volunteers!

The event will take place Sunday June 7th until Wednesday June 10th.

We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to fill a number of positions before and during the festival in June. Some positions include:

  • Guest Relations
  • Branding Staff
  • Pass & Ticket Controllers
  • Room Producers
  • Pre-festival Office Help
  • Conference Runners
  • Sponsor Material Distributors

All applications are reviewed in connection with available roles and schedule.

Shifts: each shift is a minimum of 4 hours, choose shift options of morning, midday, evening.

Perks: All volunteers will receive a BANFF swag bag, access to the Festival (when not on shift), refreshments and snacks and networking opportunities.

Requirements: A minimum commitment of 2 volunteer shifts are required. Volunteers will be trained and scheduled accordingly.

Please email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

We're Recruiting Board Members!

Hi Friends, 
We are recruiting for board members! 
We are looking for enthusiastic, young and passionate individuals who get jazzed about volunteering, community engagement and leadership. 
If you have experience with leadership development, non-profit organizations or volunteer management that would be an asset. 
Think you want to find out more about it? Please email Danika (board Chair) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or info@youthvolunteer 
Hope to hear from you soon!
xoxo Team AYV

Youth Leadership - Hot or Not??

Youth leadership talk is everywhere, our young folks are the leaders of tomorrow! But how much is actually being done to foster our youth? With budget cuts and access to higher education becoming more and more unattainable, it sometimes feels like we are not practising what we preach. We've been giving it some thought and here are our top 5 ways for organizations and people to start developing leaders and contributing to giving our youth the opportunities to succeed:

1) Listen to young people! Number 1 for sure! How do we understand the needs and potential of young people if we don't even listen to their opinons? How will we ever be able to change and evolve? Things move fast in this world and it's important we take the time to garner new ideas, ways of achieving, and ways of being. Young people are the best at coming up with new ideas...fresh minds!

2) Hire young people out of college/high school - Hiring young people provides you access to their great ideas! Just because someone doesn't have tons of experience doesn't mean they can't be a valuable asset to your organization. Often times this is a perfect opportunity to train the young person to be the model employee because they don't have any preconcieved notions of what's expected of them! Students fresh from school are brimming with all kinds of knowlege, they've spent the last 4 years learning and will be in tune with all the lastest studies, best new practices and have a brain ready to work!  

3) Take risks with your young employees by empowering them to take on new and challenging tasks. The key here is to allow your young employee (or older, either way!) to not be scared to try new things. If it doesn't work, who cares, do it differently! This is how we learn and giving people the power to feel like they can suggest anything and be heard will make your organization better! The world doesn't change by doing the same old boring thing....

4) Support policies/initiatives/programs in your community. The best way to show that we value something is to support it. If we say we value leadership, then lets support it! whether that is financially, having your employee's or you volunteer to help at an event, or starting your own leadership programs you will better your community by showing everyone that their voice matters and we're going to help you be heard! 

5) Bring people together. Do you know a lot of inspiring, amazing, minds? Are they all in different groups or sectors? Bring them together! It's amazing what can be accomplished when you foster creative thinking among a dedicated empowered crowd. Leadership deveopment is, afterall, about helping leaders make sure that the next generation of leaders will have the vision, committment, knowlege, and skills necessary to lead.


Alberta's Youth Volunteer Society (AYV) hosts a leadership residency called the Action Generation Leadership Residency, annually, at The Banff Centre (which if you haven't checked out, i highly recommend you do now!). The program is fully sponsored by us (AYV), they only exception is that you must find your way there. It is open to anyone between the ages of 18-29 and we have 25 spots available each year. Applications are released in June and the residency is the last week of August. 

If you are interested in knowing more about residency please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like to become a sponsor of the Action Generation Leadership Residency, please email Julia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


illumiNITE Needs Volunteers!!

January 29, 30 & 31
5:30 - 10 pm
30 volunteers

IllumiNITE is a unique and exciting light sculpture competition located on the 104th Street promenade in the heart of downtown Edmonton. This three-day event invites residents from all over the city to come and admire the work of local artists and designers while experiencing a diverse new approach to street art.

We need volunteers to help with:

Set and and tear down, handing out brochures, serving refreshments, helping guide visitors through the event, general information, etc. 


Tami Ambury

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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!