Give back to the community, meet new friends and learn new skills by becoming a volunteer. You’ll have the time of your life while making a positive impact on your community. Whether you are looking for short term or long term volunteer opportunities, there will be a match for you. Check out the following links for volunteer opportunities in and around your community.
Information and Volunteer Centre for Strathcona County
http://www.strathcona.ca/departments/family-and-community-services/volunteer-opportunities/ or call 780-464-4044
Ardrossan Recreation & Agricultural Society
Volunteer Fort Saskatchewan
Encounters with Canada
Encounters with Canada - Interested in spending a week in Ottawa? EWC is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Canadian teens to meet young people from across the country. Take part in exciting adventures, explore future career options, learn more about your country, and share your hopes and dreams - all through exclusive hands-on workshops, presentations, and excursions. Check out the website www.encounters-rencontres.ca or see Student Services for details.
Government Page Program
The Legislative Assembly of Alberta Page Program provides part-time employment to high school students. If you are interested in applying to be a Page check the website at www.assembly.ab.ca/lao/hr/index.htm or see Student Services.
Community Disability Services
Community Disability Services employs 17 000 people across the province in careers that support people with developmental disabilities. For more information, check out their website at www.communitydisabilityservicesalberta.com.
Pearson College United World College (UWC), located on Vancouver Island brings together students from all over the world - selected on personal merit, irrespective of race, religion, politics, and the ability to pay - with the explicit aim of fostering peace and international understanding. You are ideally in grade 11 when you apply as their IB program suits students in grade 12 and gap year best. A limited number of scholarships are reserved each year for Canadian students to enroll. Visit www.pearsoncollege.ca and click under Admissions for the application form.
Alberta Junior Forest Rangers Program
The Alberta Junior Forest Rangers (JFR) offers an amazing career building opportunity for students, aged 16 – 18 to prepare for their future in a challenging environment with other students from across Alberta. Crew members can expect paid summer employment ($2700 salary), free accommodation and board, exposure to a broad array of natural resource and science based hands-on work and educational opportunities, training and certifications related to natural resource management careers, and immersion in an outdoor setting for 7 weeks. Applications are available on the website at www.albertaJFR.ca.
Wisest Summer Research Program
WISEST Summer Research Program is now accepting applications for this interactive research program which encourages exceptional grade 11 students to explore careers in science, engineering and technology through a six-week hands-on research experience in a University of Alberta lab. For more information, and to download an application form, visit www.wisest.ualberta.ca. Deadline is usually in April.
Forum for Young Canadians
Forum is an amazing experience to develop your leadership skills, to learn about democracy, how government works and how you can make a difference. Come join hundreds of high school students for a week on Parliament Hill. Your Forum experience will include sitting in the House of Commons and the Senate, meeting the Speakers of the Houses, Taking on the role of national politicians during simulations such as Question Period, forging new friendships with other young Canadians from across the country while learning about the social, cultural and political issues that shape your country today. If you are interested, check the Forum Website at www.forum.ca. Some costs are provided by Exchanges Canada. See Student Services for details.
Heritage Youth Research Program
The Heritage Youth Researcher (HYRS) summer program is accepting applications from exceptional grade 11 science students. Check the website at www.ahfmr.ab.ca/HYRS/ for more information and to download the application. Talk to your science teacher or Counsellors in Student Services for more information.
Toronto's Youth Summer Programs
The University of Toronto’s Youth Summer Programs (YSP) offers a summer program for high school students to experience what it is like to be a student in Canada’s Law or Medical Schools. The YSP are held in July and August on the University of Toronto’s campus and range in length from one to five weeks. For more information about content, dates and fees, visit www.ysp.utoronto.ca.