Together We Give Hope

Youth Educator Volunteers

Do you have a passion for working with youth? Interested in sharing messages of hope about mental health, wellness and suicide prevention? 

Learn to facilitate one of two empowering wellness workshops for youth in the Vancouver Lower Mainland: a mindfulness workshop called Tools for Managing Stress or the Self-Care for Mental Health workshop.

Apply Online! We are now accepting applications for the spring 2019 volunteer training.

1. Review volunteer requirements below and Youth Program information.
2. Submit an online application by May 1, 2019
3. Attend a 90-minute information session at the Crisis Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia in the spring of 2019. Dates TBC.

About the Role:

As a Volunteer Youth Educator, you’ll share wellness workshops on mental health, self-care or mindfulness mostly in high school classrooms. Plus, you’ll have opportunities to attend youth conferences and events, and to support community trainings at the Crisis Centre.

Benefits:

  • Enrich your public speaking and group facilitation skills
  • Work interactively with youth in an educational capacity
  • Build hope and resiliency among youth
  • Reference letters

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Strong desire to work with youth
  • Daytime availability (2 half-days per month)
  • 1.5 year commitment (June 2019 to Dec 2020)
  • Comfort with public speaking and group facilitation
  • Willingness to travel throughout Vancouver, Burnaby and the North Shore, as well as other Lower Mainland locations
  • Interest in and personal connection to the topic of suicide prevention
  • Successful completion of a Criminal Record Check
  • Availability for all training sessions
  • **Tools for Managing Stress workshop facilitators must have an established mindfulness practice and prior training in mindfulness, such as meditation courses and/or retreat time**

The next volunteer training starts June 2019. Apply Online by May 1, 2019.

Training sessions are held at our office in Vancouver, BC. The Volunteer Youth Educator training fee is $150. Fees partially cover the cost of providing current and effective information, training and service to volunteers. The training fee can be discussed during your interview.

Training fees include registration for safeTALK and Mindfulness courses, plus discounted registration for the 2-day ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and ongoing quarterly in-service trainings.  Once interviewed and accepted for training, attendance at all scheduled training dates is required. Training dates cannot be missed or made up and must be done in sequence.

“I have really enjoyed my time as a volunteer for the Crisis Centre. The impact it has made in my life will stay with me always. I have such gratitude for your incredible training, support, and compassion.”

– Melanie Wickes, former Volunteer Youth Educator

Learn more about our wellness workshops for youth