Real Me – Volunteer Intake
Who am I? Who do I want to be? Where do I belong? Would you like to help a youth or a family answer these questions?
If so, volunteering with the Real Me program may be the opportunity for you!
The Real Me program works with first or second generation youth between the ages of 12 – 24 who are at risk of becoming involved in criminal and/or gang activity. The program focusses on helping youth strengthen their identity by finding a balance between their cultural identity and their Canadian identity. The Real Me team works with a network of community professionals who work together with the youth to help them plan and achieve their long-term goals.
The program is currently serving large populations of youth from the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, SE Asia and of Hispanic origin.
The Real Me program is a collaboration between the Centre for Newcomers, the University of Calgary, Calgary Police Services and the evaluation team of Guyn Cooper Research Associates.
Volunteer opportunities with the Real Me program:
1) Youth Mentor
Tasks/Responsibilities: The role of the Youth Mentor is to guide the youth to become their “ideal self” by appreciating the balance between their identity as a Canadian and their culture of origin; help the youth build healthy relationships with family, friends and community; and help youth develop an understanding of self, build self-esteem and self-worth.
Qualifications and Abilities Needed: Under 30 years of age; strong communication and active listening skills; non-judgmental, patient and understanding; culturally competent; understanding of challenges/barriers present for at-risk and immigrant youth.
Commitment: Either 6 months or 1 year. Volunteers negotiate a weekly schedule with the youth.
2) Family Engagement
Tasks/Responsibilities: The role of the Family Engagement volunteer is to support the family in the settlement and integration process by:
• Actively listening to the families and understanding their settlement and integration needs
• Educating them on community and other resources and facilitating access to these resources
• Supporting newcomer families in building and strengthening healthy relationships
• Become a positive role model and influence to newcomer families
• Support the organizing of family fun events
• Provide support in navigating the different systems that affect the lives of newcomers
• Provide guidance when needed in areas identified by newcomer families as critical to their success.
• Facilitate connections to other community members
Qualifications and Abilities Needed: empathetic; active listener; in-depth understanding of the Canadian culture and systems; respectful of cultures and belief of others; self-reflective and aware of personal beliefs, values and biases; in-depth understanding of challenges faced by newcomer families; ability to provide suggestions and sound advice in a respectful and non-judgmental fashion; honest, dependable and trustworthy
Commitment: a 1-year commitment is required. Volunteers can negotiate a weekly schedule with the family.
Screening Requirements: For the protection of the clients we serve, the Centre for Newcomers conducts screening of all potential volunteers. The screening process may involve the following: volunteer application, in-person assessment, volunteer interview(s), reference checks, security / police clearance, child welfare check and any other applicable screening.
Individuals interested in applying to be a volunteer with the Real Me program are required to attend a Volunteer Intake Session.
Wednesday, February 1 at 6:00 pm OR Thursday, February 2 at 10:00 am. The sessions will be held at the Centre for Newcomers. Unit 1010, 999 – 36th Street NE.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate your volunteer preference (youth mentor or family engagement). Please also bring a detailed resume to the Volunteer Intake Session.
Volunteer Information Session
Tuesday, January 10, 17, 24 or 31 at 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Volunteer Information Session is for anyone who is interested in volunteering with the Centre for Newcomers or in the Calgary community.
- Brief history of the Centre for Newcomers
- Volunteerism in Canada
- Volunteer roles at the Centre
- How to look for volunteer positions in Calgary
Please continue to check our website for upcoming schedule.
For more information, please contact Elaine Mew at 403.539.5854 or email@example.com
About Volunteering at the CentreAre you new to Canada and looking for ways to become involved in community activities in Calgary?
Or are you a life-long Canadian, interested in volunteering in a multicultural setting? Volunteer opportunities allow you to be a part of welcoming newcomers to Canada.
What does the service offer?
- Workshops on volunteering with the Centre For Newcomers and in Calgary
- A chance to practice your skills, build relationships and expand your network of contacts
- Opportunities in English Language tutoring, computer training, organizing activities, providing office support and planning events
- Make new friends from culturally diverse backgrounds
- Gain experience in cross-cultural communication
- Use your skills in a multicultural context
- Have fun, broaden your experience and participate in Calgary-wide community events
- Discover the many ways you can start making a difference
- Newcomers and Canadians should be eligible to work in Canada to volunteer with the Centre
- Willing to offer skills, knowledge and time in working with newcomers
- Agree to observe the Centre for Newcomers' values, policies, and procedures