Next Stop Canada Mentor- Virtual

Organization Details
Organization Name: YMCA of Greater Toronto
Address: Toronto ON
Website: https://ymcagta.org/
Organizational Description: About the YMCA of Greater Toronto:

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a dynamic charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. Our 2010-2020 strategic plan Strong Start Great Future calls upon our Association to invest in young people across their life stages to deliver on our vision of ensuring our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. This community health strategy includes a significant role for adults and older adults.

Mirroring the region's diversity, the YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment and essential skills, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness, sports and aquatics, international programs, child care and camps.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: Next Stop Canada (NSC) is an online portal that provides online settlement support, learning opportunities, and mentorship to youth and adults who are destined for Canada. This online program helps individuals overseas prepare for immigration to Canada by providing them with the information, knowledge, and resources needed to quickly adapt and integrate into Canadian society. The Mentor Forum allows pre-arrival immigrants to virtually connect with professionals in Canada who are currently working in their desired field.

Major Duties May Include:

Under the direct supervision of YMCA staff, volunteers:

- Answer questions from pre-arrival immigrants and recommend resources to help them with their career and settlement needs
- Respond to questions within one week.
- Share immigration experiences and provide practical settlement tips to pre-arrival professionals.

Time Commitment:

- Six-month commitment preferred
- Flexible hours; approximately four hours a month.

* This position is entirely online.
Skills Required: Qualifications:

- Minimum age: 23
- Life experience as a newcomer is a significant asset
- Post-secondary education and currently employed in specialized career industry (example: engineering, nursing, teaching, etc.)
- Volunteers must be certified in their career field if industry standards require it.
- Successful applicants to this role will need to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid medical or other Human Rights Code-related exemption.
- Experience and sensitivity dealing with people from different cultural, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Demonstrate some technological experience and usage of social media tools (i.e. Facebook, Twitter)
- Responsible, reliable and friendly while demonstrating a willingness to learn.
- Only qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.
- Ability to communicate in a second language is an asset. We are particularly looking for Arabic, Farsi, Tagalog, and French speakers.
Skills Gained/Related Careers: Benefits:

- Make a difference in your community by ensuring newcomers have a positive transition into Canadian society.
- Expand your network.
- Learn about diversity at the YMCA and meet new people from all walks of life.
- Be a part of the YMCA team and promote the YMCA Mission, Vision and Values.
Age: 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment:
A six-month commitment preferred. Flexible hours; approximately four hours a month.
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Speaks French
Speaks another language: Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, Farsi, Portuguese, Tagalog, Hindi, Russian, and any other
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
Training/Orientation
How to Apply: Email: prearrivalnsc@gmail.com
Closing Date: Oct 31, 2022
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