Engaging and Empowering Youth Volunteers

December 03, 2019
09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

How can we reach youth and help them to be the volunteers and leaders we need?

Youth are not volunteering in the same way their parents and grandparents did. Research shows that many youths are more cause driven and want to work for change, more like activists rather than providing a service as volunteers in traditional non-profits. Additionally, youth grew up in a digital world and engage differently. Given this reality how can we reach youth and recruit them into our organizations and succession planning to be the volunteers and leaders we need? How much can our organizations adapt to youth and their concerns and preferences and how do we ensure youth understand the realities of the volunteer responsibilities and community sector?

Learning Objectives:

Appreciate the demands and realities that youth today live with, walk a mile in their shoes.

Explore youth social media and culture to understand how to meet youth where they are.

Examine the volunteer roles and needs of your organization and adapt them to better fit youth.

Adopt community service learning partnerships, mentoring, training for trainers and peer support for youth to be leaders in your organization.

Create youth volunteer structures to meet youth interests and skills.

Who Should Attend:

Volunteer managers and coordinators, those who supervise volunteers and currently or plan to engage youth volunteers.


Marianne Cerilli is known for making a difference through inclusive leadership, clear vision, cooperative planning, and innovative thinking. She has extensive expertise in community engagement, facilitation and coalition building. An empowering collaborator and effective advocate for social justice, and healthy environments through community development/community economic development. Marianne is a past instructor for Red River College teaching the Community Development program, a past member of the Social Planning Council, and MLA. She brings a vast experience working with youth, community groups and community development to explore how to engage youth volunteers.


For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations (dietary, scent) please contact Tracy Douglass at 204-477-5180 ext. 222 or tracy.douglass@volunteermanitoba.ca. Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least 1 week prior to the scheduled event.


Volunteer Manitoba
410 - 5 Donald Street
Winnipeg MB  R3L 2T4




Marianne Cerilli

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