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.

Responsibilities
 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

Qualifications
 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

Conditions
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.

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In School Mentor

Description & Link to Mission:


In as little as one hour a week, you could change the life of a child forever.
BGCBigs’ In-School Mentoring (ISM) is a program where adult mentors go into schools to spend an hour with a child once a week. One of the unique aspects of ISM is that the time is guided by the 20-20-20 rule. Mentors and students spend 20 minutes getting to know each other or catching up, 20 minutes going over homework or reading, and the last 20 minutes participating in recreational activities. Bigs in Schools allows volunteer mentors to share time with a child during their lunch break or when working outside of a regular 9-3 school day. 

Children with mentors experience incredible life benefits such as: 

•Becoming 80% more likely to finish high school 
•Becoming 2-4x less likely to bully, lie, cheat, steal or become involved in drugs and/or alcohol 
•78% of our kids coming from a family history of social assistance (parents depending on welfare, food banks, etc., to make ends meet) do not experience the same challenges in their adulthood 
•Their life time income is $300,000 dollars more, on average, than youth who did not have mentors

Qualifications:


There are no specific skills or experience required, however all volunteers are screened to gauge their appropriateness for our programs.

Benefits & Recognition:


People who mentor: 


• Gain personal growth and development
 
• Have a positive new perspective on life
 
• Make a positive difference in the life of a child and the community
 
• See meaningful improvements in their own mental and physical health
 
• Report increased levels of happiness and energy
 

Deliverables / Duties:


Once each week a volunteer will visit one of our partner schools (closest to them) during a lunch hour and follow the 20-20-20 rule outlined above. Volunteers will agree to maintain their commitment throughout the period of the school year (Sept or starting date – June).

 

Other Requirements:


• Police check • Child welfare che
ck

• 1.5 – 2 hour screening interview

• 1.5 -2 hours volunteer training seminar

• Alberta Mentoring Partnership Certificate

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Club Volunteer

Description & Link to Mission:

Kids need safe places to be after school, in the evening, and on school breaks. Clubs are open to all children and youth, and provide safe spaces and supportive staff at a variety of locations around the city. From snacks and hot meals to homework help, learning programs, and recreational activities, clubs are great places for kids to be! 

We have 5 program areas: Arts and Culture, Physical Activity, Health and Nutrition, Academic Support and G.E.L.L (Growth, Empowerment and Life Skills and Leadership). The diversity of our programming allows our volunteers to get engaged with our youth in a meaningful way that's relevant to their individual personalities and what they can bring to the table. If you enjoy theater, music and the arts, ask our club staff how you can get involved in that area of our programming; if you used to be a little league coach, you can become involved in our physical activity programs; if you are a health and fitness fanatic, help us come up with healthy meal plans for our kids and even teach them how to cook it for themselves! We want to play to your strengths and enable you to do the things you truly enjoy with our kids. 

To ensure the safety of members, there is a well-qualified team of staff and volunteer mentors at each club. There are always staffs on site that are trained in first aid, CPR, and child abuse prevention. 

Children with mentors experience incredible life benefits such as: 

•Becoming 80% more likely to finish high school 
•Becoming 2 to 4 times less likely to bully, lie, cheat, steal or become involved in drugs and/or alcohol 
•78% of our kids coming from a family history of social assistance (parents depending on welfare, food banks, etc., to make ends meet) do not experience the same challenges in their adulthood 
•Their life time income is $300,000 dollars more, on average, than youth who did not have mentors

Qualifications:


There are no specific skills or experience required, however all volunteers are screened to gauge their appropriateness for our programs.

Benefits & Recognition:


People who mentor: 

•Gain personal growth and development 
•Have a positive new perspective on life 
•Make a positive difference in the life of a child and the community 
•See meaningful improvements in their own mental and physical health 
•Report increased levels of happiness and energy 

Deliverables / Duties:


Club hours of operation are generally 3-8PM every weekday (there are differences from club to club, however). As a volunteer, you will assist our club once a week for a minimum of 1 hour during those hours of operation. Responsibilities depend on what capacity volunteers wish to assist the club (i.e. helping cook vs. participating in activities with the kids.)

 

Other Requirements:


•Police check

•Child welfare check

•1.5 - 2 hour screening interview

•1.5 - 2 hours volunteer training seminar

•Alberta Mentoring Partnership Certificate.

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Big Brother/ Big Sister

Description & Link to Mission:

 

BIGS & LITTLES are the terms used when referring to the mentoring relationship between one adult and one child. This is the platform on which the separate Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations were founded in New York in 1904. Our volunteers in the Big Brothers/ Sisters program share their time with one child through participating in a variety of activities that reflect the interests of both parties; it’s as simple as being a good friend to a good kid.. BGCBigs works with Bigs to match them directly with Littles in ways that considers similar interests, geography and program type. Children with mentors experience incredible life benefits such as: 

 

•Becoming 80% more likely to finish high school 

•Becoming 2-4x less likely to bully, lie, cheat, steal or become involved in drugs and/or alcohol 

•78% of our kids coming from a family history of social assistance (parents depending on welfare, food banks, etc., to make ends meet) do not experience the same challenges in their adulthood 

•Their life time income is $300,000 dollars more, on average, than youth who did not have mentors 

 

Qualifications:

 

There are no specific skills or experience required, however all volunteers are screened to gauge their appropriateness for our programs.

 

Benefits & Recognition:

 

People who mentor - 

 

•Gain personal growth and development 

•Have a positive new perspective on life 

•Make a positive difference in the life of a child and the community 

•See meaningful improvements in their own mental and physical health 

•Report increased levels of happiness and energy 

•Our agency has ticket lists for concerts and sporting events, as well as agreements with various organizations, to provide big/little matches with perks 

 

Deliverables / Duties:

 

Volunteers will agree to a minimum of 1 year of commitment to their Little, and will share time together on a consistent and reliable weekly or biweekly schedule. We encourage matches to try new things and find common interests. We can provide a list of recommended activities, but there is no limit so long as the activities are safe and appropriate for the child's age and development.

 

Other Requirements:

 

•Police check child welfare check 

•1.5 - 2 hour screening interview 

•1.5 - 2 hours volunteer training seminar

•Alberta Mentoring Partnership Certificate

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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!