The Youth Volunteer Program (YVP) is an initiative designed by Immigrant Services Calgary to assist individuals aged 14-20, who are newcomers to Canada. The mission of the YVP is to build connections to the community of Calgary by providing opportunities which allow our youth to gain meaningful experience through community participation and volunteering. YVP activities have, in the past, ranged from the preparation and serving of food to the homeless, to a community talent show designed, hosted and delivered by the youth in our program.
Our program is multi-faceted in that it is mutually beneficial for both newcomer youth, as well as local communities in Calgary. This program offers immigrant youth a platform to utilize their talents, to volunteer in and around the city of Calgary. As ambassadors of ISC and the immigrant population, YVP volunteering events not only offer assistance to communities where there is a basic social need, but further, they enhance the leadership and communication skills of the youth who are accessing our program.
Some upcoming events that we will be volunteering at in the next month include Afrikadey’s celebration of African culture at Prince’s Island Park, as well as GlobalFest, a festival which showcases Calgary’s cultural diversity and artistic excellence. Further volunteering opportunities that exist for the YVP throughout the month of August include the Enbridge ‘Ride to Conquer Cancer’ fundraising and awareness event, as well as Paddle Pedal Hike; a three day event consisting of bike riding, rafting and hiking, hosted by Prospect Human Services. Our youth are familiar with the NGO Prospect, not only because Paddle Pedal Hike is a favorite amongst our YVP, but also because of our affiliation with Prospect, through our Youth Ambassador Teams (YATs) who work alongside this organization to facilitate dance, as well as arts and crafts activities, for adults with developmental disabilities.
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