If you want to support local youth, read on ...
Become an Ally
In a new partnership with Gravenhurst Against Povery (GAP), MiND-AID will be recruiting, training and managing a team of Volunteer Allies. The role will include overseeing young people who enroll in our Virtual Activities and eventually within a new Young Adult Centre, which is being created in Gravenhurst.
Ally al ly (allied; allying)
Noun: one that is associated with another as a helper:
a person or group that provides assistance and support in an ongoing effort, activity or struggle
Verb: to unite or form a connection or relation between
More about this opportunity ...
The Allyship program is being delivered under the guidance of MiND-AID in partnership with GAP (Gravenhurst Against Poverty), for the purpose of creating a strong supportive presence for young people in Gravenhurst. Opportunities, such as virtual and community-based programming, as well as a new Young Adult Centre, are being developed ongoing.
The Young Adult Centre will be a space designed by young people for young people, which through its inclusive and open nature, will grow to build its own culture. Programming and hours of drop-in operation will gear up gradually to meet the expressed needs of the users. Young People between the ages of 13 and 25 will be invited into the space and programs.
Allies will be present at the Young Adult
Centre to provide friendship, a safe ear and
skilled guidance toward services or resources.
Allies will host online and community-based
initiatives as needed as well.
Volunteer hours will be organized into small
evening and weekend shifts of 3-4 hours and
will be scheduled in advance to accommodate
the availability of our Allies.
Who are we looking for? ...
Volunteer Allies must be able to identify with youth-related issues and perspectives, and as such, must be on the younger end of the age scale (at least at heart). Past experiences working with youth or in leadership positions is a valuable asset, while a natural ease with others and an interest in providing an invested and positive influence in the lives of young people is a must.
Training will be provided free of change, both the self-directed online type and in-person training. Topics covered will include: Crisis Response, Suicide Intervention, Cultural Sensitivity, Inclusivity & Accessibility, Addictions Awareness, Online Safety, Resiliency, Principles & Ethics of Helping, Communications Skills, Partner Abuse, Safety Planning, Sexual Assault, Death, Grief & Bereavement, Hate Crimes & Bullying, Human Trafficking, Online Luring & Sexual Exploitation, Stalking & Harassment, and Self-Care.
What is involved? ...
Volunteer Allies will be expected to complete all required training by the end of summer and attend monthly meetings (which will likely be virtual for the next few months), to participate in planning of online programming and future face-to-face programming, as well as be involved in discussions around the development of the new Young Adult Centre as it develops.
Next steps … 1. Submit the form below or print and email to:
2. Attend an online interview – we will contact you
Once accepted, 3. Acquire a clear current OPP Vulnerable Sector Police Check (we will help you with this)
4. Receive the monthly evening meeting schedule