Volunteer

Volunteer with us!

So you have the passion and drive to help others? Do you want to get some hands on experience in a helping profession?

What we do:

We offer peer support specifically for teens, by teens. We are. . .

  • Non-judgemental
  • Confidential
  • Supportive
  • Understanding & knowledgeable

Though we provide extensive training, we do look for some pre-existing skills:

  • Excellent computer skills
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Ability to keep a level head in a stressful situation
  • An excellent command of the English language (both spoken and written)
  • Ability to follow policies and procedures. Everyone’s got some rules to follow, right? Keeping calls, chats, emails and texts confidential is really important (What are the limits to confidentiality?)

Benefits

There’s a lot you can gain from volunteering with us. Here are just a few examples:

  • Make connections and form friendships with other volunteers and staff
  • Positively impact someone’s life
  • A sense of fulfillment
  • A wicked mentor and matching reference letter
  • Increase your listening and communications skills

What do I have to do?

  • Fill out our application form.
  • Come in for an interview.
  • Complete our 3 week training session. Topics include crisis intervention, domestic violence, mental health, and more.
  • ConnecTeen Shifts are available from 5:00pm-10:00pm weekdays and 12:00pm-10:00pm on weekends.
  • Your commitment would entail 4 shifts per month for ten months. You choose your schedule!
  • Help other teens and youth experiencing crisis through phone, chat and text.

This opportunity is available for youth from 15-20 years of age.

If you want to make a difference apply today!

Fill Out Volunteer Application Form Now

We’re recruiting blogging volunteers!

Fill Out Youth Blogging Volunteer Application Form to find out more and apply.

If you have any questions please contact: volunteer@distresscentre.com or call 403-266-1634

Application Deadlines and Training Dates 2019

Training runs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm and on Saturdays from 9am-4pm for three weeks.

Training Group Application Due Date Interview Period Training Dates
November 2018 October 9, 2018 October 15-26, 2018 Nov 13 – Dec 1, 2018
January 2019 November 26, 2018 December 3-14, 2018 January 8-26, 2019
February 2019 December 31, 2018 January 7-18, 2019 February 5-23, 2019
March 2019 January 28, 2019 February 4-15, 2019 March 5-23, 2019
April 2019 February 18, 2019 February 25 – March 8, 2019 Mar 26 – Apr 13, 2019
May L.I.V.E 2019 April 1, 2019 April 8-19, 2019 May 6-10, 2019
June 2019 April 29, 2019 May 6-17, 2019 June 4-22, 2019
July 2019 June 3, 2019 June 10-21, 2019 July 9-27, 2019
September 2019 August 5, 2019 August 12-23, 2019 September 10-28, 2019
October 2019 September 2, 2019 Sept 9-20, 2019 October 8-26, 2019
November 2019 October 7, 2019 Oct 14-25, 2019 November 12-30, 2019

Volunteer Testimonials

Read what ConnecTeen volunteers have had to say about their time volunteering.

During every shift, I have the unique opportunity to listen to teens from across the city and support them in any way that I can.  The most rewarding part of volunteering is simply when a caller or chatter tells me they feel so much better after our conversation.”

I have always wanted to give back to my community but never knew how, ConnecTeen gave me that chance. Now I get to make a difference in the lives of others as well as constantly learn, improve and discover myself and my abilities. The time I have given is so little to ask for all of the joy, appreciation and satisfaction that I gained through my experience volunteering with Distress Centre.”

Volunteering with ConnecTeen has definitely been a worthwhile and enriching experience and I believe it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made up to this day.”