About the UNYA
Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) has been supporting the health and wellbeing of Indigenous youth in the Metro Vancouver area for over 30 years. As a respected non-profit, charitable organization, we recognize Indigenous youth as experts in their own lives, and strive to provide youth with programs and opportunities that are relevant and meaningful to them.
Volunteer Opportunities – 21+ years old
We are seeking committed volunteer mentors, from all backgrounds, to engage in meaningful and supportive relationships with 12 to 15-year-old Indigenous youth. Volunteer Mentors will meet with their youth throughout the month, and participate in one-on-one, fun, consistent and goal-oriented activities together. Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons are encouraged to apply.
- You are a mature, positive role-model;
- You are energetic, and able to relate well to youth;
- You are goal-oriented, and motivated to work with youth on skills development and confidence building;
- You successfully complete a Criminal Records Check, specific to working with the Vulnerable Sector;
- You are able to commit to a mentorship lasting a minimum of 1 year, but preferably long-term;
- You are able to devote 2-4 hours per week to meet with your mentee.
- Mentor training session;
- On-going follow-up and support from Program staff throughout your mentorship;
- Free periodic workshops on subjects pertaining to effective mentoring and issues faced by urban Indigenous youth.
- Opportunity to develop long-lasting relationships with youth
- Cross-cultural experience and training;
- Free monthly group activities;
- Tickets to sporting, arts and cultural events;
- Potential references to post-secondary institutions or employers after six successful months of mentoring.
Volunteer Mentors report to the Mentorship Program Manager.
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