CAREER MENTOR/ EXPERT SPEAKER

Status: Part time, ongoing
Time Investment: Typically half a day

About JA Central Ontario

Here at JA Central Ontario, we prepare youth for life, for meaningful work and for an opportunity to do good in the world. We help young people go from saying ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’ through our immersive, digitally-enabled learning experiences.

Students learn practical skills like budgeting, saving and starting a business - but they also learn adaptability, creativity, problem-solving and a host of interpersonal tools too. They also meet industry experts and mentors - adult allies who can help them envision their future.

We’re all about skill building – minus sleeping through the boring parts. Because with JA, there are no boring parts.

Purpose of the role

JA Central Ontario is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to support students through JA Events. JA engages volunteers from the local business community to add value to the student experience by sharing industry insights and expertise. If you’re passionate about helping youth in your community, this opportunity will be a valuable volunteer experience!

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JOIN US AS A MENTOR/EXPERT SPEAKER VOLUNTEER

Share your professional experience, knowledge and expertise with a new generation - empowering them to realize their potential and shape the future.

How it works

Using our highly interactive education programs you will support students in developing the business and life skills they need to enter tomorrow’s workforce. Acting as a resource, facilitator, motivator and role model you will facilitate a JA learning experience in the classroom. You can volunteer on your own, you and a colleague/friend can sign up together, or we can match you with a partner. We have multiple programs to choose from, depending on your interests and skills.

WANT TO VOLUNTEER WITH YOUR EMPLOYER OR IN A GROUP?

We partner with a variety of organizations to deliver our programs, from professional associations, small businesses and entrepreneurs to global corporations. Your commitment to the next generation through your employer or as part of a larger group helps us impact even more students through generous funding and employee/member volunteer hours.

WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • Have a good understanding of the learning experiences and be able to speak with knowledge on the topic
  • A passion for working with children and youth
  • Confident presenting in-person
  • Relevant work and/or educational experience
  • Strong communication skills that are effective with children and youth
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
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PROGRAM EVENTS INCLUDE

1. Empowering Young Women
2. Careers Unlimited
3. World of Choices
4. Field Trips (Corporate offices)
5. Summits

Volunteer Requirements

  • Complete vulnerable sector screening and review the JA Volunteer Code of Conduct.
    • We are committed to ensuring a safe learning environment for young people and therefore a vulnerable sector screening is a requirement for all volunteers of JA Central Ontario as well as all school boards with whom we work. After registering, JA will provide you with exact instructions to ease this process.
  • Attend an online training session.
  • Practice before you're live and in-person! JA provides the suggested talking points and themes that you need to make this an amazing learning experience.
  • Completing an online survey and sharing feedback about your experience

TRAINING AND SUPPORT

  • JA provides presentation content, engagement outline, and/or an agenda as applicable.
  • JA provides an outline including presentation guidelines and best practices.
  • Volunteers should be able to commit approximately 2-5 hours of their time for this volunteer opportunity, but lesson timing is dependent on the lesson/activity.
  • Tasks will often include:
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