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Volunteer Opportunity, Youth Ages 15 To 24: YCAP's Youth Advisory Council

Volunteer Opportunity, Youth Ages 15 To 24: YCAP's Youth Advisory Council

Overview

The YMCA Youth Cannabis Awareness Program (YCAP) is seeking youth ages 15 to 24 across the country to join its volunteer Youth Advisory Council. YCAP’s national Youth Advisory Council positions youth voices at the forefront of the YCAP initiative and its prevention education programming.

On a regular basis, this council will connect to advise and inform YCAP program content and materials. Council members will identify and engage in topics related to recreational cannabis awareness through informed and meaningful conversations.

What are the eligibility criteria?

  • Be between the ages of 15 to 24 and have an interest in learning more about cannabis and how to reduce harms related to its use.
  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status.
  • Be passionate about being an advocate of positive change.
  • Be comfortable joining the meetings electronically via Zoom.
  • Commit to upholding YMCA Core Values, including:
    • Inclusiveness. We create welcoming places and programs where everyone feels they belong.
    • Integrity. We are truthful, trustworthy, and take responsibility for our choices, actions, and commitments.
    • Kindness. We are caring and compassionate.
    • Optimism. We believe in the strengths and potential in people and communities.
    • Respect. We treat every person with dignity.
    • Well-being. We are dedicated to people’s physical, social, and mental health.
  • Be able to commit to at least 1 year on the council for 3 hours every 2 months. Inclusive of:
    • Initial training/orientation in October 2021.
    • Four meetings in total (90 minutes in length); tentative dates November 2021, February 2022, May 2022, and August 2022.
    • Self-guided prep, research and learning.
    • Optional monthly engagement opportunities in-between meetings.



The YMCA of Greater Toronto recognizes and values both visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity. We have prioritized the following dimensions including age, gender, race, ethnicity, religious heritage, class, sexual orientation, sex, physical/mental ability, image and opinion. As a socially inclusive YMCA, we ensure that diverse individuals and communities share in power, give voice effectively to their issues, are involved in decision-making processes, and have fair access to information and services. We also challenge specific forms of exclusion, including systemic barriers.

We encourage applicants from across the spectrum of cannabis use, whether you have never tried cannabis or have experience with occasional or regular use.

Why join the YCAP Youth Advisory Council?

  • Build professional development skills and make a difference in how YCAP delivers cannabis awareness and education programming
  • Connect with other youth from across Canada to learn from one another and share ideas.
  • Have access to reference letters for post-secondary or job applications.
  • Log volunteer/community service hours.
  • Exposure to opportunities to build skills in:
    • Leadership
    • Communication
    • Critical thinking
    • Cannabis awareness/literacy
    • Principles of harm reduction

How can a youth apply?

All interested candidates must complete an application form, which can be found at  https://ymcagta.org/join-our-t...olunteer-application. When filling out the application, consider the following.

  • Have a list of 3 references to submit with your application for “Step 2 of 5: List your references” section on the application form.
  • In the “Step 3 of 5: Tell us about yourself” section on the application form under the ‘Please list up to 3 preferred YMCA Volunteer Positions’ question, be sure to list the “Youth Cannabis Awareness Program Youth Advisory Council” under your ‘first volunteer position preference’.
  • In response to the ‘Location preference(s)’ question in the “Step 3 of 5: Tell us about yourself” section, please simply list your community and province.
  • Under the ‘Step 5 of 5: Submit your application Agreement and terms’ section on the application form please check all 3 boxes. Please note a Police Records Check (PRC) is NOT a requirement for the YCAP YAC.

If you have any additional questions about the application process, please email morgan.groulx@ymcagta.org.

About the Youth Cannabis Awareness Program

YCAP is a free national education and prevention initiative funded by Health Canada and delivered by YMCA of Greater Toronto across Canada. YCAP offers educational prevention programs to youth aged 12-24, as well as adults (parents/guardians and professionals) involved in youth’s lives. Informed by protective and risk factors contributing to youth’s mental health, YCAP provides a multi-faceted approach to harm reduction in order to increase knowledge and skills supporting positive youth development.

YCAP takes a harm reduction approach toward recreational cannabis use. YCAP does not make value judgments regarding recreational cannabis use, rather seeks to minimize risks associated with cannabis use by providing youth with the most accurate and unbiased information.

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