Volunteer Manitoba is committed to promoting community engagement to young Manitobans.
According to the 2010 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 58% of Canadians aged 15-24 are involved in volunteering.
In This Section:
Benefits of Volunteering
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 and can also help you develop useful skills.
Many volunteer opportunities offer youth a head start in their professional lives as employers seek out potential employees who demonstrate they are able to adapt to new environments and are willing to learn new skills.
Individual Benefits of Volunteering
- Discover new skills, talents and interests
- Building self-esteem through hands-on experience
- Job skill development: learn team-building, leadership and problem-solving
- Be a part of the “working world” and see how an organization works from the inside
- Networking!! Possible future employment and professional references
Community Benefits of Volunteering
- Work with others to accomplish change
- Improve the lives of others in your community
- Help create a sustainable, healthy community
We encourage students and young adults to reflect on their skills and interests with family, teachers and friends before choosing a volunteer opportunity. Learning how to identify the skills and benefits gained from volunteering will help young Manitobans become aware of what they will gain from community engagement.
Looking for a volunteer opportunity is similar to the experience of looking for a paying job. Young people should be able to demonstrate a commitment to volunteering, and their goals must mirror those of the organization or agency.
Begin your search by reviewing our volunteer opportunities section for positions that may interest you. You can also do an online search for organizations that match your interests and values.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the location of the opportunity easily accessible?
- Does it match my time availability?
- What will I learn from volunteering there?
Note: If you are choosing to volunteer as part of a school community involvement program, remember to always check with guidance counsellors or school principals to verify eligible positions. The school may have deemed some activities ineligible for volunteer hours, so check with them first to ensure that your proposed activities will count.
Search Opportunities - You can search through the volunteer opportunities for current positions open to youth.
·Global Opportunities –
Through our Community Outreach activities, we are able to connect with Manitobans on the benefits of volunteerism. We attend outreach events throughout Manitoba and also visit with classrooms, community groups and organizations to deliver presentations on community engagement and how to find the right volunteer opportunity.
For the upcoming academic year, Volunteer Manitoba is pleased to deliver classroom presentations on the benefits of community engagement and how to find the right volunteer opportunity.
Classroom presentations are 25-45 minutes (including Q&A) and can be tailored to suit your classroom. For example, we can cover the following topics:
- Develop job skills
- Building your own community project
- High School Credit
Unfortunately, not all requests can be guaranteed, but Volunteer Manitoba strives to reach as many communities and schools as possible. If you are from a school outside of the area, please contact our Communications and Outreach Coordinator to discuss further.
For more information on volunteer opportunities for youth, or to be featured as an organization with opportunities for youth engagement, please contact:
Dawn Bourbonnais, Communications & Outreach Coordinator
P: (204) 477-5180 ext.230
Volunteer Manitoba's Youth Volunteer Opportunities Program (MYVOP) is generously supported by: