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Position #: 558
OrganizationJohn Howard Society of Victoria
Position: Volunteer Mentor - KidStart
Impact Statement: As a mentor, you will become a positive role model for at risk children and youth who have had direct or indirect contact with the justice system. Having a positive role model to look up to gives these young people a chance to see the world in a different way, and protects them from risk factors that could lead to criminality. It's an opportunity for youth, who otherwise may not have the opportunity, to have fun and experience their communities alongside a supportive friend.
Description: Are you a consistent, positive role model who has the energy to participate in fun, activities with youth? Do you want to make a connection with an at-risk youth, a difference in a life & amazing memories?

KidStart is a volunteer mentor program for kids age 6-17 who have been impacted by the justice system. We provide volunteers with training & ongoing support & hands on experience working with youth. Mentors plan a variety of activities & simply have fun with their mentee. We provide a budget & have access to a range of discounts and passes to amazing businesses in our community.

This position is great for students looking for career development & is great for those from all walks of life who have a passion for making a difference in a youth's life.

Currently, our waitlist is over 30 kids long- most male. All applicants are welcome! Currently, we have a specific need for male-identifying volunteers.

Call 250-386-3428 or apply at www.kidstart.ca/volunteer/
Training Details: There are 3 mandatory interviews/ trainings of varying lengths to become a KidStart Mentor.
Once in the program, ongoing trainings on a variety of topics are provided each month.
Emergency First Aid training can be organized at a discounted cost through KidStart, and is mandatory to become a mentor (A previously held Emergency First Aid Certificate or higher will also be accepted)
Working Conditions: Volunteers will spend approximately 3 hours per week out in the community with their mentees for at least a year.
The dates and times of these visits are flexible, as it is up to the volunteer and their mentee to decide.
We are looking for individuals who are consistent, enthusiastic, and supportive.
Applicants must complete a criminal record check (cost is covered)
Applicants may use a vehicle for KidStart, but it is not required.
Minimum Duration: More than 1 year
Timing: Anytime
Time Detail: Most mentees are in school, so mentoring works best after schools hours and on weekends. The scheduling is very flexible and based on the volunteer and the youth's preferences.
Age: 19+
Ideal for: An Individual
Transportation: On a bus route
Area(s) of Interest: Caring Support, Children/Youth, Teaching/Tutoring
Skill(s): Collaboration, Interpersonal Communication, Sensitivity, Empathy, Respect, Flexibility
How to Apply
Application Link:
Website: https://www.johnhowardbc.ca/regions/victoria/welcome/
Email: Send an Email Message
Contact: Krysta Gmitroski
Phone: 250-940-2279 Ext. 105
Address: 2675 Bridge Street Victoria, V8T 4Y4
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