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Want to change the world? Help youth shape a better tomorrow


Hey, I don’t want to alarm anyone but have you seen the news lately?

Spoiler alert: it's not been great. But with this daily dose of depressing news, I also bring some good news. You can do something about it! No really, you can have a direct hand in shaping the hearts and minds of future generations to ensure that the world will be a better place. How, you ask? Read on. 

YWCA Metro Vancouver runs after-school Youth Education Programs for boys and girls in the seventh grade. In addition to the usual sports and games, the YWCA offers unique educational opportunities not found anywhere else: 

  • How to Navigate High School 101? Check.  

  • Understanding gender stereotypes so you can live happily being who you are? Double check.  

  • How to successfully deal with bullying (and make friends in the process)? Once more, check.  

I can’t speak for everyone, but these are things I wish I’d learned in high school. 

So what does helping actually entail? Well, the YWCA Youth Education Programs run twice a year for nine weeks at a time in the Vancouver and Surrey area. The program spans multiple schools on separate days, so it’s as simple as being assigned a school to help at based on your availability. Each session runs for three hours with a fully-defined curriculum to help keep things on track. 

The best part? You won’t be alone. Volunteers fall into three categories: High School Ambassadors, college-age Facilitators and Wisdom Champions, who all bring something different to the table. And if you don’t have experience dealing with youth, no problem! YWCA offers an extensive training program that will make you ready. You’ll walk out not just as a successful volunteer, but a leader who knows how to inspire

So if you’re the type of person who wants to help change the world but doesn’t know how, let me suggest volunteering for the YWCA Youth Education Programs. Sometimes, it’s important to fight the good fight, but it’s just as vital that we ensure the leaders of tomorrow have the strength, skills, and mindset needed to make the world a better place. 
And for all you guys out there, we’re looking to you to step it up. YWCA needs your help to guide and be role models for the boys in the Youth Education Programs. Apply now. 

For more information on YWCA Metro Vancouver's Youth Education Programs, please contact Adam Butz at abutz@ywcavan.org | 604 895 5779

Key Doan is part adventurer, part overseas ESL instructor. With his love for education and helping others, he brings a lot to the table as a Wisdom Champion for the YWCA Youth Education Programs and now guest blogger. Do you have what it takes to be a Youth Education volunteer? Contact us to get involved with the YWCA and give back to your community. 

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