Child and Family Program Lead


Child & Family Volunteer



Remington YMCA (some travel to Brookfield Residential YMCA for training)


Child & Family

Date of Revision

November 7, 2022

Time Commitment

2-6 hours per week, all year

Evenings and Weekends

Staff Partners

Child & Family Supervisor



Volunteers within the Child & Family department will provide support through facilitation of Grade 6 and youth programs such as Sport activities, Arts, Family Centre activities, city wide Grade 6 events and Youth Leadership programs, under the guidance of a Child & Family Supervisor. This role involves engaging with the youth in programs creating an environment that is positive, inclusive, and safe for all. Child & Family volunteers will provide a unique program and engagement experiences for youth. 


Age requirement: 18 +   with the discretion of the Child & Family Team



  • Maintain a safe environment by following policies and procedures to manage risks associated with participation in programs
  • Proactively engage with youth and solicit feedback and support from them to develop engagement opportunities.
  • Help build and maintain a healthy and safe environment by following all COVID-19 safety protocol, including sanitizing surfaces and supplies.
  • Build relationships with the participants, their families, YMCA staff and volunteers
  • Ensure safety, communication and a sense of belonging are high priorities
  • Work collaboratively with other staff and volunteers
  • Communicate with Child and Family Supervisors regarding any questions or concerns of situations during program time
  • Deal with minor behaviors of the participants in the programs
  • Facilitate delivery of pre-planned activities
  • Completing all YMCA trainings




  • Gain valuable practical experience working with youth in a leadership position
  • Complimentary YMCA Calgary membership (upon completion of the probationary period and all required trainings) 
  • Continuing training and educations opportunities throughout the year (if applicable)  
  • Join a team of enthusiastic and interesting people who share a passion for leading positive programs to build happy and healthy communities


  1. YBeginnings Orientation
  2. Health & Safety and Child Protection Training
  3. WHMIS
  4. Position-specific Orientation and Training
    1. Processes & Tools
    2. Expectations
  5. Ongoing training & support

At YMCA Calgary we ensure our volunteers are a fit based on their strengths, interests, and future goals. The successful candidate will have the following:

  1. Have worked with children or youth in some capacity
  2. Have an interest in physical literacy
  3. Able to manage behaviours of youth in the program
  4. Be comfortable to lead and supervise the program without a Youth Worker being present


  1. Evidence of a clear Police Information Check and Vulnerable Sector Search (letter provided)
  2. Standard First Aid and CPR-C Certificate (can be obtained through YMCA if needed)
  3. Three references – one can be personal reference
  4. Able to attend and complete required YMCA trainings which may be at various YMCA locations
  5. Available evenings and/or weekends
  6. Desire to work with youth in multi functional situations