ABOUT OUR EDUCATION INITIATIVE
Youth Central’s Education Initiative provides school presentations that educate youth on the value of volunteering and community involvement. Our Education Coordinator provides students with inspiration, knowledge, and access to opportunities that are otherwise unavailable to them to their school community. Our coordinator meaningfully engages students in dialogue, facilitates activities and introduces students to ways they can take action and positively impact their community.
As part of Youth Central’s Education Initiative, we also offer presentations and resources to school administrators and guidance counselors. Through these presentations, our Education Coordinator explains how youth who volunteer can enhance their resume and post-secondary applications. The Education Initiative is supported by the government of Alberta’s Community Initiative Program and provides a public benefit for youth, community agencies and the community as a whole.
If you asked me what I wanted to be when I was a teenager, I would have said a stand-up comedian. But really, I had no idea what I wanted to do, or even what my strengths were (who did?). If there was one thing I knew for sure, It was my weaknesses and my struggles with ADHD and dyslexia from a young age. I started volunteering to push myself past these roadblocks and create a path for myself as an individual. For the past five years, I’ve worked in non-profit management, volunteered as a contributing writer for local and national magazines, at animal shelters and animal rescue groups, and planning independent fundraisers for charities I’m passionate about. In the presentation I ask students if they know what they want to do after high school, about 65% of them have no idea – just like most of us. I challenge students to think outside the box and figure out who they are and what is important to them. I believe that volunteering can assist in shaping lifelong goals and interests, along with open doors to opportunities that might not have happened without volunteering.
I am passionate, community-driven, relatable, kind of funny and a little different.
In conjunction with our Youth Volunteer Corps, Youth Central offers the opportunity for students and teachers to start their own school volunteer club. With the assistance of our Education Coordinator, school clubs can volunteer within their school and take on assigned projects in the community. Our Education Coordinator will work with teachers and other school personnel to provide opportunities that complement the school curriculum. We offer club facilitation for junior and senior high schools in the Calgary Board of Education, Calgary Catholic School District, private and charter schools. We currently have clubs in several Calgary schools.