Indigenous Youth Volunteer


Indigenous Youth Volunteer



Community Satellite Sites & Saddletowne YMCA


Indigenous Department

Date of Revision

January 2022

Time Commitment

Minimum 2 hours per week, 6-month commitment
Scheduled times vary

Staff Partners

Indigenous Active Life Coordinator and Indigenous Manager



Volunteers within Indigenous Programs, Community department will provide support through facilitation and co-facilitation indigenous youth programs and activities such as YMCA Prairie Chickens Clan (HON), YMCA Chickadees Clan (HON), Indigenous Active Life Youth Drop-in, and Youth Leadership programs, under the guidance of a Youth Worker. This role involves engaging with the youth in programs creating an environment that is positive, inclusive, and safe for all. Indigenous Programs volunteers will be supervised by and require ongoing communication with the Youth Worker.

Age requirement: 18+



  • Cultural teaching or assistance with facilitating lesson plan
  • Maintain a safe environment by following policies and procedures to manage risks associated with participation in programs
  • 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, YMCA staff and volunteers
  • Provide leadership to youth and guide them in activities, health & fitness, connecting them with YMCA staff for orientation and more
  • Ensure safety, communication and a sense of belonging are high priorities
  • Work collaboratively with other staff and volunteers
  • Communicate with Youth Workers regarding any questions or concerns regarding individual or situations during program time
  • Facilitate delivery of pre-planned activities
  • Completing all YMCA trainings



      • Gain valuable practical experience in a leadership position
      • Enriched cultural learning experience with Elders and Knowledge Keepers
      • Complimentary YMCA Calgary membership (upon completion of the probationary period and all required trainings) 
      • Continuing training and educations opportunities throughout the year (if applicable)  
      • Enhance technical skill set
      • 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. SFA/CPR/AED is not needed but can be helpful
  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. Cultural competency and traditional knowledge
  2. Interest in health and fitness, nutrition
  3. Willingness to work and engage with youth in different capacity
  4. Ability to facilitate and engage in recreational activities, fun sports activities with youth  
  5. Able to manage behaviours of youth in the program
  6. 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 
  2. Three references – one can be personal reference
  3. Able to attend and complete required YMCA trainings which may be at various YMCA locations
  4. Available evenings and/or weekends if required