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Opportunities for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour to join us as volunteer speakers and share careers advice with students across Central Ontario.

We want to make sure we reach as many young people as possible with our expert work-readiness programs. That’s why we are moving our World of Choices career mentoring events online, ensuring high school students continue to benefit from our work even though we can’t come together in person.

As we take these events online, we’re looking for volunteer speakers from all sectors and industries to share their career journeys – from Architects to Zoologists and everything in between! In particular, we are looking for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour who can share their career insights with our young audiences.

We want to be sure all our students see themselves as future leaders, and this begins with a diverse set of speakers showcasing the wealth of opportunities and options available to them. We are currently creating a calendar of events for 2020-21, and we will draw from this growing list of volunteer speakers to take part in these online events throughout the year.

What is a volunteer speaker?

Imagine yourself back in high school trying to figure out what your career path should be. What you read about the career that interests you looks good, but could it really be what you want? What does a person in that position do? What is their life like? These and others are the questions that many high school students are asking. Students are confused, excited, and optimistic, and they cannot wait to jump into an amazing job! A chance to hear from a career mentor who has their dream job could help alleviate some of the stress that goes along with making important decisions about the future.

Your role

You will have 5-7 minutes to share your educational and career pathway. When speaking with your student audience, they will want to know more about topics such as: your education, your career, goals, challenges, and opportunities in your sector.

Who should apply?

Although we would welcome  industry experts from all career sectors, we have a high demand for BIPOC speakers in the following fields”

  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Tradespeople
  • Artists/Creative Backgrounds
  • First Responders/Emergency Services
  • Military
  • Under-represented careers (e.g. zookeeper, marine biologist, airplane mechanic, etc.)

If you don’t see your career listed here but you’d still like to be involved, please kindly let us know!

Qualifications

  • Interested volunteers should identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour
  • Volunteers should not have been convicted of an offense under the Criminal Code for which a pardon has not been granted
  • Must be available for a video interview prior to mentoring
  • Confident presenting in an online platform
  • Relevant work and/or educational experience
  • Strong communication skills that are effective with youth
  • Must be 18 years or older to volunteer

Training and support

  • JA provides presentation content, schedule of timing, and agenda
  • JA provides a document which outlines guidelines and best practices

Session timing

Career Mentors should be able to commit approximately 2.5 hours of their time for this volunteer opportunity. The opportunities are not ongoing or at a set time/date. If you’re interested in being a Career Mentor, we will place your name on a list and will be in touch when we have opportunities you would qualify for. If you’re interested and available for that specific opportunity, you would confirm at that time.

How to apply / contact

Please email Britton Nicol, Manager of Community Volunteers (she/her) if you are interested in applying to take part in one of our events as a volunteer speaker. In your email, please tell us a little about yourself and your career history. If you have a LinkedIn page and/or a resume you can attach, please do so.

Throughout the school year, we will be hosting various World of Choices virtual workshops. We will email the date, time, and schedule details for the opportunities to you. If you’re interested and available in being a Career Mentor for these specific opportunities, you can confirm at that time. Career Mentors usually need to be available between 1.5-2.5 hours

Apply to become a volunteer speaker with JA Central Ontario