YES is looking for volunteers for its Community Kitchen and Community Garden programs! Please read the volunteer job description and send your resumes to programs_manager@vyes.ca

The Youth Empowerment Society is a non-profit community service agency offering support and services to youth and their families.

The responsibilities of Community Kitchen Volunteers are two-fold:

  1. To assist the YES staff as needed with the operations of of the You(th) Can Cook and You(th) Can Garden Programs
  2. To develop positive relationships with the youth who access these programs.

 Duties and Responsibilities

Program Operations:

  • Help distribute promotional materials
  • Ensure the Health and Safety of cooking and gardening environment
  • Support the planning and preparation of the community kitchen and community garden
  • Provide direct on-site supervision and support of youth accessing the program
  • Assist Youth with requests for supplies
  • Other duties as requested by staff

Youth Relationship Building:

  • Assist with recreational and social activities for the youth.
  • Maintain a positive belief/attitude about the capacity of people to grow and change.
  • Demonstrate a youth centred strength based approach.
  • Make referrals when appropriate.
  • Set appropriate boundaries (e.g. not meeting Youth outside program hours, not over-sharing personal information, etc.)
  • Accept the clients’ rights to self-determination and individuality while not discriminating on the basis of race, ethnicity, language, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, abilities, socio-economic status, political affiliations, or national ancestry.
  • Demonstrate a level of cultural sensitivity and understanding of the client population.

Personal Qualifications

Volunteers must be at least 24 years of age and pass a criminal record check. Ideal candidates will exhibit special interest in working with at-risk youth, and will possess life skills or interests that can be conveyed to the youth, through positive role modeling and mentorship.

Special Working Conditions

  • This position is required to work in an occasionally stressful environment often dealing with groups of vulnerable youth.
  • There may be moderate exposure to undesirable environmental working conditions which may require certain safety precautions i.e. client aggression, exposure to client health issues, etc.

Conditions of Volunteering

  • Must have clearance from the Authorization for Criminal Records Search prior to commencing volunteer position.
  • It is preferred that volunteers possess a valid Emergency First Aid and Food Safe certificate.
  • Follows the Code of Ethics, Mission Statement, and Policies and Procedures of The Victoria Youth Empowerment Society and abide by the relevant rules and reporting guidelines as set out by the Ministry for Children and Families and other appropriate governing bodies.
  • In order to ensure that the goals of the Volunteer and Club Staff are being met, staff will conduct quarterly reviews with each Volunteer.

Volunteer applications for the Spring of 2018 are now closed. Thank you for your continued interest in our services and we will re-open the application process in August of 2018.

Why volunteer at YES?

Here are some of the reasons our volunteers have given us:

  • Gain valuable experience!
  • Give something back to the community!
  • Be a positive role model for youth!
  • Learn new skills!
  • Give help where it is needed!
  • Have a unique opportunity to work with high risk youth age 13-19!
  • Receive valuable training!
  • The volunteers at YES are a diverse group of caring and dedicated individuals.

Volunteers are an integral part of the process in connecting with youth, which is the first step in a healthy change process.

What the volunteers take away is the sense that they can make a difference in a youth’s life and give back to their community.

YES volunteers come from all walks of life and diverse parts of our community. Many are either attending College or University studying Social Work, Child and Youth Care or related fields. Volunteering at YES provides opportunities to learn and gain valuable experience while working with caring and capable professionals and our youth clients.

Most volunteers currently work one 4 hour shift weekly between 3-10 pm Monday to Thursday in the Alliance Club at our 533 Yates Street location.

The Process

When a person first inquires about a volunteer position they are given a brief description of our services and of the screening process:

  • Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age to ensure a minimum of two years separation between clients and volunteers
  • Volunteers must fill out an application and have a criminal record check completed
  • Volunteers must participate in a formal interview
  • Potential volunteer references are checked

Volunteers are provided with training and orientation and are then scheduled for their first shift with an experienced volunteer and at least one staff person.

If you are over 21 and want to make a difference in your community by becoming involved as a volunteer at YES please call: (250) 383-3514  Monday – Friday 9 – 5pm or email the Programs Manager: programs_manager@vyes.ca.