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  • Youth programs across our province work together to engage youth effectively. Volunteer Manitoba believes strongly in the power and importance of providing quality programming and services to our youth. If we continue to better our programs, we can encourage young people to play a vital role in building resilient communities.

    I love young people; I think they are passionate, brave, and revolutionary, I endeavour to help them embrace those qualities now, and maintain them as they get older and encounter more and more resistance to their ideas. - Youth Hub Report Participant

    Volunteer Manitoba realized there was a need to centralize and gather information on youth programs thus the creation of the VM Youth Hub. The goal was to bring youth-serving organizations and programs together to discuss the work being done to engage youth in communities across Manitoba. The VM Youth Hub took place in September 2019, and over 100 organizations participated. Those in attendance had opportunities to network with each other and joined in on table discussions centered around youth programming in Manitoba.

    The fact that the youth are our future. If we don't work with them to develop their potential and personalities to lead then we are setting our communities for continued problems that we see currently with racism, identity problems, hate and problems with integration. - Youth Hub Report Participant

    While working on a report from the event, the pandemic hit and everything shifted. Organizations changed overnight, and VM felt this needed to be represented in our report. In the summer of 2020, we surveyed over 90 organizations to learn more about how they have adapted. Program leaders were eager to share their challenges amidst a pandemic!

    We were delighted to hear about what drives people to work in the sector, what successes they experienced, and the direction they envision for youth programming and services. It has been our goal to present a thorough overview of sector wide challenges as a way to locate what steps must be taken to work towards a supported, accessible, and inclusive youth sector.

    "Almost 97 percent of all survey participants reported funding as their most pressing challenge. Considering the close link between funding, staffing, attendance, and volunteer engagement, we have found that unstable funding is a major cause of program and service uncertainty in the sector." - Youth Hub Report, page 7

    Our findings found that the five most common challenges among organizations was funding, engaging adults/guardians, consistent attendance, staff shortages and volunteer recruitment. Through the work of our table discussions and survey responses we were able to also include six recommendations that provide guidance for how the sector can improve based off those challenges!

    Lastly we were able to collect formative information on what types of services organizations provide, locations and demographics so that we can gain a better understanding of youth programming offered across the province.

    If you do have any questions about the report, please feel free to reach out to me for more info! I can be reached at kamillah.elgiadaa@volunteermanitoba.ca.

    Thank you to all who participated and to the Winnipeg Foundation for their support.

    Click here to read the Youth Hub Report - Surveying the Quality of Service Distribution in Manitoba's Youth Sector

  • Happy Holidays from VM!

    December 22, 2020

    Posted by: Kamillah El-Giadaa

    Here's to the end of 2020! We want to thank all of you for your continued support during the past year - and what a year it has been! On behalf of the board and staff here at VM, we hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday season, and that you are able to take time to rest and connect safely with your loved ones.

    We will be closed from December 24 to January 4 but before we take a break, we'd like to leave you with our annual list of how to get involved over the holidays. Volunteering has remained a very important part of our communities and there are still many ways you can give back, safely, over the holidays.

    Enjoy the season and we look forward to seeing what 2021 will bring!

    Warm wishes,


    Volunteer Manitoba's annual round-up of Holiday Volunteer Opportunities!

    In spite of the pandemic restrictions, there are still many ways you can give back over the season and have a meaningful volunteer experience. Check out our list of ways you can get involved and give back over the holidays!

    • Share the warmth and help by donating much-needed items for Siloam Mission. Items can be dropped off at any Red River Co-op store in Winnipeg.
    • Ask a neighbour if you can help them this season by running errands for them.
    • Bake or buy (from a local business) holiday treats and bring them to your local nursing home for sharing. You can't volunteer at a PCH right now, but you can still show your support for all the staff and residents.
    • Looking for a way to volunteer in the comfort of your own home? Help combat this pandemic by making masks for Agape Table.
    • Give the gift of life by donating blood and/or sign up to be an organ donor.
    • Make a care kit for people in need, with items like socks, deodorant, mittens, feminine hygiene products and snacks. Visit the following websites for more information on in-demand items and how to drop them off safely. 1Just City, Siloam Mission, Ndinawe/Tina's Safe Haven, Main Street Project and Rossbrook House!
    • Be a Santa to a Senior! Get paired up with a senior in your area and brighten up their holiday by filling their gift wishlist.
    • Meals on Wheels is looking for drivers to deliver delicious and nutritious meals to clients in the community. If you have a few hours a week to spare, visit www.mealswinnipeg.com to volunteer.
    • 1Just City works towards a city where all are cared for, have enough to eat, a place they belong, and feel loved. This holiday season they need the following items.
    • Organize a coat and winter clothing drive in your community and then visit the websites of the following organizations to find out how to drop-off items: Salvation Army, John Howard Society, Elizabeth Fry Society and United Way Koats for Kids.
    • Drop off thank you cards for frontline staff and volunteers at health centres, personal care homes, non-profits, charities and community centres in your neighbourhood. Phone or visit their website first, so you can make arrangements to drop-off items safely.
    • You don't have to leave your house to support Main Street Project - visit their website to learn more about their Amazon Wish List! Help the city's most vulnerable by purchasing items that are then shipped right to MSP's door.
    • The Salvation Army is looking for Kettle Bell Ringers to collect donations and interact with the community on behalf of the organization. For more information email Renzel.villegas@salvationarmy.ca or see their posting in VM's Volunteer Opportunities.

  • Volunteer Manitoba's team grew a bit bigger this past month. We would like to welcome Harvey Yu! Harvey is from the University of Manitoba. He is currently studying Recreation Management and Community Development and will be working with Volunteer Manitoba to complete his fieldwork placement. Harvey will be with us until the end of December where he will be working on Volunteer Manitoba's Community Outreach, specifically with the VM Youth Program.

    Most of September Harvey has been working closely with Kamillah El-Giadaa, our Youth Program Coordinator, to help youth find places to volunteer this Fall. Volunteering provides an opportunity for all of us to learn more about ourselves and our community. For students and young adults, volunteering can also help you learn about different career paths that may interest you, finding your passion and can help you develop useful skills. So we asked our Harvey Yu, what are his top 5 reasons to volunteer!

    1. Build and Develop Community Ties

    • Whether you are new to a community, or have lived there your whole life, volunteering engages you with new people from all age groups of which you can learn and share your experiences with.

    2. Give Back to the Community

    • Whether you know it or not, volunteers help drive the community through fundraising and helping at school events, this is your opportunity to reciprocate that same effort for others.

    3. Be a Part of Change in the Community

    • From environmental sustainability to poverty related issues, you can be a part of the solution by volunteering your time to help these causes.

    4. Learn New Skills

    • Both social and career driven skills can be learned through volunteering, widening your social circle, interacting with others, and being hands on.

    5. Gain New & Insightful Experiences

    • Volunteering will give you opportunities to listen to people's stories and give you a chance to opening yourself up to new perspectives and experiences.

    Got a question for Harvey? Want to find out where you can volunteer next? Email Harvey at Harvey@volunteermanitoba.ca !

  • VM Youth Hub Final Report - your input is needed!

    Last September, Volunteer Manitoba hosted the VM Youth Hub - a special event on youth engagement in Manitoba. Over 90 organizations and groups came together to discuss their youth programs. The event was an opportunity for organizations to learn, network and share resources to allow for better collaboration across the province. The data that was collected is being reviewed and will be included in a final report on youth programming in the province.

    The purpose of this final report on youth programming is to locate pressing challenges and gaps impacting the quality of service distribution in the youth sector. As an organization currently working with youth, we need your input to help us identify this information for the final report.

    Please take a few minutes (approx. 5 -10) and complete our survey before July 31, 2020. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a draw for a free, full-day Volunteer Manitoba workshop (valued at $145)

    Click here to start the survey!

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

    Qudus Abusaleh
    Research Assistant
    E: qudus@volunteermanitoba.ca

  • Do you have a story to tell about the community you come from?

    Don't wait until it's too late, apply to be an MB 150 Youth Ambassador today!

    What kind of stories are we looking for?

    All kinds! The goal of this program is to give YOU a chance to share YOUR story with the rest of Manitoba.

    Stories can be varied and diverse, and can profile local celebrities or champions, historical or current events, or infamous relics, places or things that put your community on the map! In this program, storytelling can be more than writing, although there will be a writing component as you report back to Volunteer Manitoba on the project's progress.
    Some examples of ways to tell your community's story are; short stories, blogs, poetry, photography, online (web, social media), visual art, or short video.

    What if I need some guidance?

    Not to worry! We have a team of VM Coaches who are ready to get involved and help you out. The coaches are community leaders and professionals who want to share their skills and expertise with you! Coaches will be paired up with program participants in the new year, and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and to help guide your project to completion.

    If you, or someone you know, is interested in being a coach you can learn more here!

    How much work is involved?

    It all depends on the story you want to tell, but the program was designed to give all participants 5 months to complete their projects. The time commitment can be flexible, as the project is completely self-led.

    The program starts in the new year with 2 days of training in Winnipeg (if you live outside of the city, we'll pay for your travel and hotel). Then you will be paired with your coach and can begin your project. At the beginning of summer 2020, we will bring everyone back to Winnipeg (again, travel costs covered by us!) to share and celebrate the completed projects!

    What sort of training are you offering?

    The two days of training will take place in Winnipeg at the start of February. We're inviting community leaders and guest speakers to share their perspective on community engagement, and we'll take you through a series of workshops to help you explore the storytelling possibilities you can use as part of your project.

    Have we convinced you to apply yet? We hope so! Visit our website for more information!



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