This role would be specific to supporting our Just Hangin’ Out Program. The Just Hangin’ Out Program is designed to provide a safe & inclusive place where youth (age 13-21) with varying ability levels can interact with their peers, practice positive social skills & develop life skills. The program includes recreation opportunities, hands-on learning, interactive activities & personal development with emphasis on Character Building, Health & Well-being and Life Skills. A family style meal is provided each week with the opportunity for participants to help with preparation.
Are you a passionate professional who has experience working with youth? Do you want to make a difference in the life of a young person, be a positive role model and support them to develop the life skills? Do you want to work with community partners across Guelph-Wellington, Stratford-Perth, and Waterloo Region?
The YMCA of Three Rivers is one of the community’s largest non-profit organizations. We are dedicated to the enrichment of our communities through the development of people and families. Through our work, we foster belonging and wellbeing, and dedicate ourselves to building a healthy and vibrant community every day. We believe connected communities are thriving, healthy, and strong. We have the assets to affect positive social change and we know the YMCA of Three Rivers Youth Team is an important piece of our work. That’s where you come in.
What you will do…
You will support youth (aged 13-21 years) in a variety of programs for that support their physical, social and mental wellbeing, personal development, leadership skills, and more. You will work as a part of the YMCA of Three Rivers Youth Team to plan, promote, implement and facilitate a variety of programs to meet the changings needs of youth in our community. You will build strong, positive and trusting relationships with youth.
You will support youth to discover their personal identity regardless of gender, ethnicity, socio economic status. You will inspire youth to have perspectives that promote a positive point of view of self and others. You will provide space for youth to develop leadership skills such as communication, problem solving and teamwork. You will empower youth to explore personal talents to build confidence and self-esteem. You will facilitate connections to networks and opportunities that enable youth to discover their potential. You will promote participation in community activities and volunteerism to enhance civic engagement. You will nurture a global mindset to build awareness and understanding of the global community and their place in it.
What you will bring…
Ideally, you will have experience working with youth (13-21 yrs.) from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. In addition, you have post-secondary education in Child and Youth Work, Social Sciences, Recreation and Leisure or a related field and an understanding of healthy adolescent development.
You will be an excellent communicator, with strong interpersonal and relationship building skills. You are committed to assisting youth develop new skills and have a demonstrated ability to work independently and achieve set goals. Adaptability, communication, initiative, supporting equity, diversity & inclusion, self-management and teamwork are key competencies you rely on in your day to day work.
What you will gain…
You will become a part of the YMCA of Three Rivers Youth Programs Team and a will be positive role model that creates safe spaces and places for youth. You will be part of and an organization that has a massive impact across our community. You will be joining a local organization, but you will also be a part of a global movement. Your work will have an impact and the community we all call home will be a little better every day because of you. We provide several continuous professional learning opportunities at no cost to you.
Overall, you’ll join a dynamic team and an organization that has massive impact across our communities. You will be joining a local organization but you’ll also be part of a global movement. Your work will have impact and the community we all call home will be a little better every day because of you.
This is a part time position that requires flexible hours of work including evenings and weekends.
Please note: As an organization committed to the safety and well-being of children, youth and other vulnerable populations, we prioritize the protection of those under our care. All employees must meet specific requirements, including obtaining a clear Police Vulnerable Sector Check and providing three professional references.
The YMCA of Three Rivers proudly serves the communities of Guelph-Wellington, Stratford-Perth, and Waterloo Region. Our purpose is to make our diverse communities healthier and more vibrant. With dignity and respect, our programs and services inspire individuals to reach their full potential. Learn more about our history, mission, vision, and values here.
The YMCA of Three Rivers embraces diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace, welcoming applications from all qualified persons. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives.
In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation need known to the YMCA of Three Rivers. The YMCA of Three Rivers complies with the Employment Standards Act, Pay Equity Legislation and privacy laws. In keeping with privacy laws, we are committed to protecting personal information by following responsible information handling practices. For more information on the YMCA of Three Rivers’ commitment to privacy, please visit our website.
Please note that due to the large volume of applications received, only candidates being considered for the position will be contacted.
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