Child and Family Programming


Child & Family Volunteer



Multiple Locations


Child & Family

Date of Revision

July 7, 2021

Time Commitment

2 hours per week, all year

Evenings and Saturdays

Staff Partners

Child & Family Supervisor



Volunteers within the Child & Family department will provide support through facilitation and

co-facilitation of Grade 6 and youth programs such as Sport activities, Arts & Science nights,

Family Centre activities, city wide Grade 6 event and Youth Leadership programs, under the

guidance of a Child & Family Youth Worker. This role involves engaging with the youth in

programs creating an environment that is positive, inclusive, and safe for all. Child & Family

volunteers will be supervised by and require ongoing communication with the Child & Family

Youth Workers.


Age requirement: 16 +     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
  • 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 Youth Workers regarding any questions or concerns regarding individual or 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


4. Position-specific Orientation and Training

a. Processes & Tools

b. 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
  2. Standard First Aid and CPR-C Certificate 
  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 (depending on the program)
  6. Desire to work with youth in multi functional situations