YMCA HBB Published: October 13, 2017
Job Type
YMCA Hamilton
• Willingness to help a newcomer youth adjust to a new environment • Proficiency in English • Patience, empathy, sensitivity, responsibility, initiative • Experience and sensitivity in dealing with members of different cultural and racial backgrounds • Basic knowledge of the Hamilton community and its resources • Completed Criminal Reference check
Opportunity Location(s)
Hamilton Central, Stoney Creek
Age range
14 >
Training and Support: • Volunteers receive YMCA Immigrant Settlement Services Volunteer Orientation • Position training will be provided on site.
Police Check Required
$10 to $20
Phone Number
905-529-7102 ext. 5558
79 James Street South (or 211 Centennial Parkway North)


To introduce newcomer youth (ages 13 to 24 years) to Canadian culture through activities and programming, while facilitating their settlement into the Hamilton community.  The YMCA has 2 youth centres in Hamilton: 79 James Street South (downtown core) and at 211 Centennial Parkway North (Stoney Creek).


  • Provide assistance and supervision in the Newcomer Youth Centre
  • Provide an introduction and understanding of Canadian culture and the Hamilton community
  • Interact with youth and respond to their needs within reason
  • Work closely with YMCA staff members
  • Adhere to the YMCA mission, values and procedures
  • Maintain confidentiality of the YMCA and client information
  • Maintain an environment that is free of bias/favoritism

Boundaries and Limitations:

  • Refrain from disciplinary action towards youth, instead consult with Youth Settlement Workers
  • Refrain from giving advice about settlement/legal issues to participants, instead refer them to Youth Settlement Workers


  • Volunteers are valued members of the YMCA Volunteer Team
  • Coverage under the YMCA comprehensive general and liability insurance
  • Reference letter provided upon request
  • Gain experience working with newcomer youth
  • Ability to explore new cultures
  • Gain an understanding of settlement and immigration, languages and community development

Dates and Times

• Consistent commitment of 2 to 4 hours per week
• For approximately 4 to 12 months
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