Information for Parents
At Recreation we are dedicated to finding appropriate volunteer opportunities for youth age 13-19. Just a few reasons for youth to consider volunteering include:
- Completing requirements for school and other organizations*
- Building resumes
- Learning about responsibility
- Becoming more involved in the community
- Finding out more about what they like to do
- Meeting new people
- Keeping busy during the summer
- Having fun
* BC students require 30 hours of work experience or community service in order to graduate
Many of our volunteer opportunities are only available for youth age 16 and older. Opportunities available to younger youth generally include helping with Special Events, participating in volunteer-based Youth Programs and assisting with our Children Services programs. Age requirements are listed on all volunteer opportunity descriptions.
Parental consent is required for all youth under the age of 19. Parental Consent Forms will be provided at volunteer orientations, or can be downloaded here.
It is the responsibility of the interested youth to make contact with Volunteer Services and establish a relationship with their volunteer supervisors. We understand that some youth may be shy and it may seem easier for parents to step in on their behalf, but in order to encourage building the self-confidence and leadership skills we desire in volunteers it is important that they do this for themselves. As a general rule we will be happy to answer parent questions about volunteer opportunities, but we request that youth make arrangements for volunteer interviews on their own accord. Furthermore, while parents are welcome to drop their child off at their interview, we will generally request that they do not sit in on the interview process.