Youth Educator Volunteers
Do you have a passion for working with youth? Interested in sharing messages of hope about mental health and wellness? Want to help prevent youth suicide in your community?
Volunteer Youth Educators facilitate wellness workshops for teens (Work Your Mind Muscle: Mindfully Navigating Life and Self-Care 101), attend youth conferences and events, and support community trainings. Workshops are generally offered to youth in high school classroom settings.
- Enrich your public speaking and group facilitation skills
- Work interactively with youth in an educational capacity
- Build hope and resiliency among youth
- Reference letters
- Successful completion of a Criminal Record Check
- Strong desire to work with youth
- Daytime availability (2 half-days per month)
- Willingness to travel throughout Vancouver, Burnaby and the North Shore
- Comfort with public speaking and group facilitation
- A strong interest in and personal connection to the topic of suicide prevention
- Mindfulness workshop facilitators must have prior training in mindfulness, such as mindfulness courses and/or mindfulness retreat time
- Availability for all training sessions
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Youth Educator:
1. Review Volunteer Requirements above and Youth Program information.
2. Submit an online application by September 1st, 2017.
3. Attend an Information Session this fall at the Crisis Centre. Information session dates will be sent to applicants in the Fall.
Once your application is received, you will be contacted to attend a 90-minute Information Session at the Crisis Centre.
The Volunteer Youth Educator training fee is $150. Fees collected partially cover the cost of providing current and effective information, training and service to volunteers. Training fees include registration for safeTALK, a 2-day ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and quarterly in-service trainings and workshops to help establish, or deepen a mindfulness practice. The training fee can be discussed during your interview. Once interviewed and accepted for training, you must attend all scheduled training dates. 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