VOLUNTEERS

 

WHY VOLUNTEER?

In this unique opportunity as a Company Program Advisor, you get the chance to participate in an impactful and meaningful experience with an incredible group of youth.

OBOT EGBO-EGBO

Advisor, 4 Years

JA has made an impact on my life because it allows me to give back to my community and to connect with the future leaders of tomorrow. It is amazing to see how the students grow year over year to become more confident in their skills, and to see their entrepreneurial spirit rise.  

BRENDAN HORAN

Advisor, 3 Years

For me, JA has shaped how I carry myself as a leader and given me invaluable self-confidence to be a leader within a team. JA has an impact that lasts a life time, thank you !”

MATT MEJASKI

Advisor, 5 Years

While the successes are fun and rewarding, the challenges to get there can be tough and exhausting!  I have seen many students show so much growth, accountability, learning, ownership, and leadership over the past four years, and I am extremely proud to know that I have helped make that happen.

 

ADVISOR QUALITIES

Volunteers don't need a particular background or area of expertise to be an effective Company Program Advisor - only a sense of caring and concern about young people and the ability to foster teamwork.

Mentors for Company Program are:

  • Dedicated to working with youth in a meaningful and impactful way

  • Have time, energy and expertise to give to others

  • Willing to tell their stories of failure and success

  • Are willing to share their knowledge and resources

  • Have the ability to facilitate student groups

  • Passionate about volunteering!

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COMMITMENT

The program runs for 18 weeks from the end of October to mid-April and breaks for holidays in December and exams in January.

Each team meets on the same day, once a week for 3 hours. Advisors on average will spend an additional 30 minutes to prepare for each meeting. We ask that advisors commit to attending at least 75% of the program meetings.

 

Advisors must also attend a mandatory training session in October.

Click Here for Advisor Overview

Click Here for Lead Advisor vs Advisor Description

BENEFITS

Discover the benefits of becoming an advisor by clicking on the links below.

 
 

HOW TO REGISTER

  1. Click on the blue register button and enter your personal information

  2. Select your location - Select community volunteer if you don't have an assigned location upon registering

  3. Screening - JA will reach out to you regarding police screening and will contact your references

  4. Training - Attend a mandatory session

  5. Connect with your team - Meet with your advising team to prepare for the first meeting in October

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the time commitment to be a volunteer?


Volunteers are asked to commit to:

  • A mandatory 3 hour training session in October
  • On average 30 minutes before each weekly meeting for preparation plus time to respond to student emails/calls as a mentor
  • 3 hours each week for the meetings
The program runs for 18 weeks plus one orientation week – breaks for holidays and exams are observed.




What if I have vacation planned or need to take a week off?


We understand that there may be times volunteers are unable to attend a session. We aim to get 8 to 10 advisors for each program so that there is a bit of flexibility to coordinate advisor schedules. If you need to be away for a week, as long as there are other advisors, it would be your responsibility to coordinate with your team. We have also scheduled some weeks off during the program to accommodate the winter holidays and student exams.




Where are the programs located and on what days of the week?


Programs run in the corporate offices of our sponsors and, in some cases, at a local high school. The locations are dependent on our sponsors and can change from year to year. We have a number of programs located in downtown Toronto as well as programs in North York, Mississauga, Oakville, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Newmarket, Scarborough, Ajax and Oshawa. Programs are held on the same day of the week (Monday-Thursday depending on the team) in the evenings (i.e. 6 to 9 p.m.)




I am interested in getting my business/workplace involved in Company Program.


We are always looking to reach more students, businesses and volunteers in Central Ontario. Please reach out to our Company Program Manager, Lucia Ly at lly@jacentralontario.org for more information regarding hosting a Company Program.




Do I need to have any specific experience or expertise to volunteer?


You do not need to have a particular background or area of expertise to be an effective Company Program Advisor – only a sense of caring and concern for young people, the ability to foster teamwork and the openness and desire to learn from your peers and students along the way! We will provide you with the training, resources and support to deliver the program.




What is the difference between a Lead Advisor and Advisor?


The Lead Advisor (1-2 Lead Advisors) • Oversees the team of advisors • Supports the delivery and attribute to the overall success of the team • Corresponds between the sponsor, JA Company Program Manager, the advising team and students in their respective Company Programs. The Advisor (4-8 Advisors) • Acts as a business advisor/mentor, to a group of 15-30 high school students • Bestows personal experiences and knowledge to students • Supports the students to learn, organize and assemble information so that they can make sound business decisions




Do I need to complete a vulnerable sector screening / police check?


All volunteers (Lead Advisor and Advisor) must be registered and complete the volunteer screening requirements – we will reach out to all volunteers once they have registered online to follow up on screening requirements.





 

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133 Richmond St. W., Suite 405

Toronto, ON M5H 2L3

416-360-5252 | companyprogram@jacentralontario.org

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