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Get Advice On How To Engage Youth In Your Volunteer Program!

 
Youth volunteers have a lot to offer non-profits, and often organizations are interested in engaging more young people through volunteering, but are unsure of how to do so effectively. 
 
The Youth Audit Project advises Toronto organizations on how they can better accommodate high school aged volunteers through an assessment and feedback process led by young people.
 
The Youth Auditors are a team of high school students aged 14 – 18 who all have substantial experience volunteering in their communities and who are keen to use their own experiences to help non-profits improve how they work with youth volunteers.
 
By creating an audit tool, developed and performed by young people, the Volunteer Toronto Youth Audit aims to provide individually tailored feedback and recommendations which the organization can then use to improve their volunteer program for youth volunteers.
 
 

Benefits of the Audit

 
By taking part, your organization will:
  • Hear directly from a team of youth on how your volunteer program is doing when it comes to involving youth;
  • Have specific feedback on the areas that you’re already working well with youth volunteers as well as concrete recommendations on how you can improve;
  • Be able to better include youth in your organization’s work and improve opportunities for the next generation of volunteers to contribute to their local community.

The best part is it's FREE to participate!

 

The Process

 
1. Once you decide you’d like to request a Youth Audit, you will need to complete a "Pre-Audit Questionnaire" which will ask for info about your organization and its volunteer program.
 
2. Kasandra James (Subscriptions Coordinator & Youth Audit Program Lead) will arrange a mutually convenient time for a team of Youth Auditors (two to four young people aged 14 - 18) to visit you at your organization to conduct the audit. This will take place on a weekdays from 5pm - 6.30pm.
 
3. The Youth Auditors and Kasandra will visit your organization to conduct the audit by asking you a series of questions about your volunteer program. This should take between 1 – 1.5 hours.
 
4. The Youth Auditors will assess the information, compile a feedback report and will visit you once more 3-4 weeks later for a post-audit meeting so they can go through their findings and recommendations. This will be an opportunity for you to hear from the young people and ask questions.
 
5. After six months, Kasandra will be in touch to see how things have progressed and whether as a result of the recommendations there have been many changes.

 

 

Testimonials

 

"The Youth Audit was a great experience for our organization. We received some useful feedback about our volunteer program and met a fantastic bunch of thoughtful, engaged and inspiring young people.  I was very impressed with the level of feedback and the professionalism of the process.  We used the feedback of the youth auditors to create a whole new volunteer program at our Club, directly targeted to youth!"
           
                                                                                                    - Laurie Taniguchi, St. Alban's Boys and Girls Club
 
"The Youth Audit program from Volunteer Toronto allows non-profits to engage student leaders in constructive discussions about how their organization connects with youth, and makes recommendations to improve youth engagement and volunteerism. The students from this program were bright, thoughtful, engaged, and confident, and had great perspectives on how to create more inclusive, welcoming spaces for youth within our organization. It was a valuable experience and I highly recommend other non-profits take advantage of the program!"
           
                                                                                                                                                              - Lauren Fitzgerald, Daily Bread Food Bank

 

Start engaging youth now by following the Youth Auditors Six Tips On Engaging Youth Volunteers.

 

Questions?

Go to our FAQ section to find out more about the program or contact us directly. 

 

Contact:
Kasandra James, Subscriptions Coordinator
416.961.6888 ext 225

 

 



 
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