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- What health and safety protocols, including any COVID-19 related protocols, are put in place to protect volunteers?
- How will I receive training for this volunteer role?
- Who will be my direct supervisor? Who can I contact if I have questions or concerns and my supervisor is unavailable?
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Empowerment Squared’s Home Alone Safety Program is a four session online program designed for youth between the ages of 10-13 deemed mature and responsible enough to stay at home alone for a short period of time. This program empowers them to make decisions that will keep themselves and their siblings safe if they are facing a crisis, this is done through a clear safety plan created for the youth and guardians in the event of an emergency . This course does not certify youth to babysit. This course is based on the Home Alone Safety for Kids program developed by SOS 4 Kids!
Home Alone Safety Mentors help participants develop skills and tools to create safe environments for themselves at home, school, online, and in their communities through delivery of games, digital media, videos, and realistic scenarios.
What impact will I make by volunteering?
- Help participants improve their knowledge of safety protocols at home, online, in the neighborhood, and learn basic first aid
- Help participants improve their confidence and focus time
- Support Black and racialized participants to prevent over-representation of calls to the Children's Aid Society, since these youth are overly represented in the system, by providing mentoring free of cost
- Help participants learn valuable life skills - such as communication and quick decision making that are transferable to other areas of life
- Be a positive role model in the lives of young children and youth who are new to Canada
- Work in small groups with colleagues of diverse backgrounds
- Gain valuable work experience and Community and Service Hours
Duties & Responsibilities
In your role as a mentor, you will be working closely with program participants, in small groups, to help participants gain the skills they need to be safe when at home. This includes helping them complete modules at their own pace, discussing and completing Home Alone Safety assignments, and teaching them the necessary skills to develop resilience and problem-solving skills, such as: street smarts, online safety, basic first aid, and accident prevention.
What will I gain by volunteering?
- Put your theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom in action by helping meeting the needs of the communities we serve by sharing your knowledge and expertise
- Meet and collaborate with a diverse group of leaders across different disciplines by working and learning together to increase each others knowledge and perspectives about social issues impacting members of our community
- Observe how 21st Century skills are implemented in a community setting to support learners with learning gaps in their education
- Personal satisfaction of knowing and seeing the impact you are making on the lives of children and youth by helping them reach their full potential
Relevant Skills & Qualifications
- Passionate about increasing the educational outcomes of equity seeking groups
- Comfortable working with diverse populations that includes children, youth, and colleagues from different ethnic/cultural backgrounds
- Culturally sensitive and open to increasing ones capacity and knowledge of cultural awareness
- Acts and embraces Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) mindset
- Professional in behaviour, dress, communication skills
- Energetic, enthusiastic, responsible, reliable, punctual and consistent
- Able to commit for the duration of the program (3 month commitment, once a week for 1.5 hours )
- 16 years or older
- *asset to be fluent in Arabic, French, Farsi, Ukrainian
Apply today and make a difference: https://empowermentsquared.org/volunteer/
Volunteer virtually on Wednesdays from 5:00p.m. to 6:30p.m. (7 sessions in total).
If interested, please complete the application form