YOUTH ARE THE FUTURE OF VOLUNTEERINGBeyond 21 values the contributions of youth and strives to provide opportunities for young people to engage with the community via volunteerism. Why Should I Volunteer?
- Collect community involvement hours for school
- Get involved with a cause you care about
- Make a difference in your community
- Explore options for your future career
- Gain new skills and valuable experience
- Try something new
- Meet new people
- HAVE FUN!
FAQs About Youth & Family VolunteeringUse the drop-down tabs below to learn more about Youth & Family Volunteering!
Accordion Sample DThat depends! In order to volunteer on your own (without a parent or a guardian) you need to be: · 14 years old to volunteer at Special Events · 16 years old to be a Hub Volunteer with the Connect Program · 18 years old to be a 1:1 befriending volunteer with the Connect Programescription
Volunteer Canada defines Family Volunteering as volunteer efforts that: · Involve more than one person in a household or extended family · Include different generations in a family, volunteering together Youth who do not meet the minimum age required for independent volunteering may volunteer as a part of Family Volunteering with the understanding that they must be supervised by a parent, guardian or approved adult at all times. Applicable screening and/or placement processes will apply to all family members who are interested in volunteering. - Source: https://volunteer.ca/families
Yes! We welcome secondary school students who are interested in volunteering with Beyond 21 as a means to achieve their 40-hours of mandatory community involvement. If you are collecting hours, let us know in advance to ensure that we connect you with a volunteer position that is on your school board's list of eligible activities. As a student volunteer, you are responsible for submitting all of the paperwork needed to track your community involvement hours.
Yes, we need parent/guardian consent for all volunteers under the age of 18.
The screening process for youth is much the same as it is for adult volunteers, with a few exceptions: Youth who would like to volunteer at Fundraisers & Special Events: 1. Complete & submit a Youth Application Form 2. We will contact you to chat about upcoming events 3. You will need to complete a brief orientation (online or in person on the day of the event) - Youth who are interested in volunteering directly with individuals who have a developmental disability through The Connect Program will be required to: 1. Complete & submit a Youth Application Form 2. Attend an interview with our People Connector (Coordinator of Volunteer Services) 3. Complete a Reference Check 4. Participate in Orientation & Training * Youth under the age of 18 are not required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Police Check *