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Virtual Youth Volunteer Fair 2020

Do you need volunteer hours for high school? Are you interested in getting involved in your community? Welcome to the 2020 Virtual Youth Volunteer Fair!

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The Virtual Youth Volunteer Fair is a quick collection of some of the Aurora Community Organizations who are offering volunteer opportunities at this time. It may look a little different from our typical fair but we hope teens will find an opportunity they are interested in or add something to their volunteer toolkit.

Throughout the week, we will be releasing additional resources and highlights via our website and the @AuroraTeens Instagram! Check out what the fair has to offer by downloading the Virtual Volunteer Fair Brochure and Schedule of Events below! Looking for more? Head over to our Instagram page and check out some of the additional resources throughout the week.

To learn more about each volunteer opportunity, please contact Community Organizations directly via the contact information listed in the brochure. For more information about the Virtual Volunteer Fair or general inquiries, please contact youth@aurora.ca 

Teen Park Clean Up for Community Service

The Town of Aurora is excited to host two Park Clean Up sessions for Aurora Teens! Each outdoor program is 1.5 to 2 hours in duration and provides an opportunity for participants to spend time outdoors, and safely give back to their community amongst their peers. Staff will supervise participants in the clean up of local parks while maintaining physical distancing. All supplies will be provided, including gloves.

Each program will take place outdoors at an Aurora Park. Note - There is no access to the Recreation Complexes at this time. Teen Park Clean Ups are available to participants aged 12 to 17 years.

Teen Park Clean Up will be offered on the followed dates and times:

  • Thursday, September 3 - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Fleury and Machell Parks (code # 19965)
  • Saturday, September 5 - 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Ada Johnson Park (code # 19973)
  • Saturday, September 12 - 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Hickson Park (code # 19974)

Note - Clean Ups are free to attend. Pre-registration is required; registration at the program is not available.

Register online at aurora.ca/eplay

Program Information

Dates/Times/Locations:

  • Thursday, September 3 - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Fleury and Machell Parks (code # 19965)
  • Saturday, September 5 - 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Ada Johnson Park (code # 19973)
  • Saturday, September 12 - 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Hickson Park (code # 19974)

Price: Free

Age: 12 to 17 years

Duration: 90 to 120 minutes (1.5 to 2 hours)

What Participants Should Bring: Water, hat and sunscreen.

Inclement Weather: In the case of inclement weather or extreme heat, the program will be cancelled and participants will be notified via email up to 30 minutes prior to the program.

Note: Pre-registration is required. Register online at aurora.ca/eplay

Volunteer Hours
Participants will be awarded community service hours for the time they participate (minimum of 1 hour and maximum of 4 hours). Completion of hard-copies of school volunteer forms is not available at this time. All participants will receive a digital community service letter detailing the hours and duties completed by September 30, 2020 sent via email.
What We're Doing to Stay Safe
The Town of Aurora is excited to return to recreation in such a way that maintains safety of participants and staff. This remains a top priority. With this said, here are the measures being taken for the Teen Park Clean Up programs:
  • Maintaining small group sizes (1 staff for every 10 participants).
  • Screening questions and protocols in place for all staff and participants upon arrival.
  • Physical distancing of a minimum of 2m will be enforced between participants, staff, etc. (with the exception of behaviour intervention or First Aid).
  • No shared equipment or supplies.
  • Hand sanitizing of participants and staff upon entering the program.
  • Sanitization of supplies and equipment after use in every program.

Contact

Julie Stephenson
Youth Programmer
jstephenson@aurora.ca  

Note - Pre-registration is required.

Register online at aurora.ca/eplay

Youth Volunteering

The Town of Aurora offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities for youth.

Our current programs include:

  • Facilitating fitness 
  • Aquatics programs
  • Special events
  • Camps
  • Various children/youth programs.​

For more information on how you can volunteer with the Town please visit our Volunteer Opportunities webpage 

Volunteer Information

Opportunities available year-round

Do you want make our events extra special? Come on board as a volunteer for our annual events.

There's always a lot to do in preparation for and during an event.

If you're a student, this is a great way to earn your community service hours and network within the community!

Check out our volunteering webpage for all current opportunities to volunteer at our Special Events.

Become a Leisure Buddy

Opportunities available from September to June

We welcome and encourage all children with disabilities to participate in any of our recreation programs.

We make sure each child participates at a level suitable to their abilities by supporting their needs and providing accessible facilities.

Help us provide a positive experience for every participant!

What is a Leisure Buddy?

  • An enthusiastic and committed individual who is paired with a participant with disabilities within our recreation programs.
  • A volunteer interested in learning and growing while making a difference in the life of a child with a disability.
  • An individual who enjoys working with children and has some time to spare in the evenings or on weekends.

This program will pair a participant with a volunteer who's enthusiastic and committed to providing support.

It will also give both the volunteer and participant a chance to learn, have fun and meet new people.

Interested in volunteering with campers with special needs during the summer? Register for the Counsellor in Training (C.I.T.) program.

If you are 14 years of age or older, and are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call
905-727-3123 ext. 3121 or email vchristofilos@aurora.ca 

Aquatics Volunteer

Opportunities available year-round

As a volunteer, you gain valuable work experience and the opportunity to learn new/develop skills and earn discounts towards aquatic courses all while having fun.

Get involved. Meet new people and make a difference in your community and in someone's life.

For more information, please contact Shelley Makepeace (Deck Supervisor) at smakepeace@aurora.ca

Aquatic Volunteers must be a minimum of 14 years of age, have Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid Certification to work in Aquatics.

Loft Ambassador

Opportunities available year round

The Loft, Aurora's Youth Lounge at the AFLC, is looking for volunteers.

Do you like hanging out at The Loft? Do you want to earn community service hours and gain leadership experience? Sign-up to become a Loft Ambassador and help us make sure the lounge is a fun place for teens to hang out.

Loft Ambassadors will attend a 2-hour training session and volunteer once a week to support staff and participants. Training will take place once a month on Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This program is open to teens aged 12 to 17 years. Interested candidates are invited to email youth@aurora.ca to get started.

Volunteer in Summer Camps

Opportunities available during July and August

During the summer we offer two unique volunteer programs that allow participants to develop leadership skills and gain coaching experience in our camp programs.

Both the Counsellor in training (C.I.T) and Leader in Training (L.I.T) programs include training sessions that teach:

  • Program planning
  • Communication
  • First aid
  • Effective discipline for children
  • Games
  • Songs
  • Policies and procedures

The C.I.T. (Counsellor in Training) program will build on the content of the L.I.T. (Leader in Training) program by incorporating different leadership techniques, customer service skills, how to discipline and what it takes to become a camp counsellor.

Volunteers will be mentored by current camp staff and provided with opportunities to practice new skills and develop further leadership techniques during camp placements.

Volunteer Programs
Program ComponentsLeader in Training (L.I.T)Counsellor in Training (C.I.T.)

Cost

Yes

No

Participant Ages

13+ years

14 to 15 years

Prerequisite

No

L.I.T. program recommended but not mandatory

Training Requirements

1 week in-class

1 day mandatory session

Placements

1 week immediately following in-class

1 week following training session (multiple weeks available - participants must register for specific weeks they want to volunteer). Placements will either be with a group of campers or 1:1 with a camper with special needs.

Police Vulnerable Sector Check

No

Yes

Extend-A-Camp

Yes

No

Note: Participants will be asked for their camp preference during training sessions, but placements are assigned at the discretion of the Town of Aurora and subject to change.  Camp placement will be confirmed via email on the Thursday before volunteer sessions begin.

For more information, please contact Julie Stephenson, Youth Programmer at 905-727-3123
ext. 3128 or jstephenson@aurora.ca