Fill out the application form provided below.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to capacity we are not accepting applications for August or September. Our next training is in October, please apply by September 4, 2018.
Please complete ALL of the following items on this checklist, prior to submitting your application package.
✔ Part I – Application
✔ Part II – Current Résumé
✔ Part III – Mission Statement Reflection
✔ Part IV – TWO letters of reference
- Work, Volunteer or Academic References only (no personal references such as family, friends, etc.).
- Letters are to speak to qualifications listed below
For further details contact:
300, 1010 8th Ave SW
Calgary AB T2P 1J2
When you come in for your interview the receptionist will provide you with a letter confirming your volunteer application. You will need to take the letter, along with two pieces of government issued ID (one of which must be picture ID), to a listed police location. This is a required step to process your Police Information Check. Below are acceptable pieces ID that you may bring.
|Photo ID||Additional ID||Unacceptable ID|
If you are successful at the interview, you will be sent an ePIC letter with which you will apply for your Police Information Check. On receiving this letter, you must log onto policeinformationcheck.calgarypolice.ca and complete an online Police Information Check (ePIC). You will need to select “Perform Personal Police Information Check” where you will be guided through the process. The same ID as above must be scanned and uploaded while filling out the ePIC. You will also need to upload the ePIC letter (please make sure to include your name and the date). There is a fee of $15 paid online for the police check. If you have concerns about this cost please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Program Volunteer Job Description
Provide compassionate, accessible crisis support that enhances the health, well-being and resiliency of individuals in distress.
Everyone is heard.
Distress Centre Core Values
For the last 40 years, Distress Centre has provided 24-hour support lines, crisis counselling and referral services to anyone in need. We give people from all walks of life the immediate emotional and mental support they need to overcome crisis—whatever it may be. Together, staff and volunteers create a unique culture and supportive work environment that sets us apart. Our staff do not simply have an interest in helping, but share a commitment to achieving results. Distress Centre provides the support, resources, and opportunities needed to grow and create change for our community.
As a youth volunteer, you will provide callers and online clients (via chat or text messaging) with confidential service using active listening techniques, and utilizing the tools and skills honed by the classroom theory, practical/on-going training, and continuous feedback. You will offer support, handle/manage crisis situations over the phone, and give appropriate information and referrals for Distress Centre programs and to other programs and/or organizations. By assessing risk, exploring their concerns, clarifying feelings, exploring options, and breaking the problem down into smaller pieces, callers and clients can begin to take charge in small ways.
Volunteers must be flexible to adapt to changing circumstances. From balancing multiple calls, to covering peer-support phone lines, to keeping up-to-date on the latest policy and procedural changes, Volunteers are also expected to enter short reports on all calls to allow follow-through for clients, and/or evaluation by the staff.
- 15 to 20 inclusive (if over 20, please apply to the crisis lines)
- Excellent computer skills
- Good listening and communication skills
- Ability to be level headed in crisis
- Accepting of callers with a variety of concerns.
- Able to follow policies and procedures
- Excellent command of the English language (spoken and written)
- One Observation Shift – 4 hours
- 3 weeks of training, Class schedule is every
- Tuesday 6:00pm – 9pm
- Thursday 6:00pm – 9pm
- Saturday 9am – 4pm
- Three Coaching Shifts – 15 hours
One 4-hour Observation Shift is scheduled before the classroom training, where trainees have the opportunity to observe and learn from an experienced volunteer who has completed a minimum of half their commitment. Each class is divided into theory, discussion and role plays simulating situations that you may encounter on the phone. It is mandatory applicants attend all of the classroom sessions during the training process.
Coaching Shifts follow immediately after classroom training, where volunteers are coached by staff and experienced volunteers, known as Leadership Volunteers. Volunteers are assigned to mentors, who are always available for support and feedback, and periodic interviews. A final Training Completion Interview will assess the trainee’s commitment, strengths, and areas of growth before being approved to do solo work in the Contact Centre. Full-time trained staff members called, CCCs (Contact Centre Coordinators), are always available in the Contact Centre to provide volunteers with guidance, support, referrals, and feedback.
Length of Commitment
There is an expected commitment of 40 shifts in the first ten months. Volunteers can get ahead by scheduling additional shifts, to allow flexibility with their schedule on approval from the volunteer team leads. Observation and coaching shifts and classroom time do not count as part of your shift total. Volunteers are encouraged to attend monthly Developmental Training sessions. After completing the commitment, volunteers may continue on with their current role at a reduced commitment of 2 shifts per month, or may decide to participate in the training/coaching of new volunteers as a Leadership Volunteer (additional training required).
Time and Place
All training and shifts are completed within the agency.
Youth Volunteers are required to complete 4 full shifts a month for a consecutive 10 months (40 shifts). ConnecTeen hours are from 5:00pm – 10pm Monday – Friday, from Noon – 5pm and 5pm – 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays. These shifts are reserved for direct client interaction. Factors that may cause shift times to go longer than expected can be: documentation of the interactions, debriefing and support, or longer calls/chats.
Volunteers are required to sign up for shifts through our online scheduling system or through the Scheduling Coordinator. Volunteers are responsible for finding their own replacements, when they cannot come in for their shift.
As a volunteer, you will consider and agree to the terms stated below:
- I agree to arrive 15 minutes before my shift
- As a Youth Program Volunteer, I agree to meet my commitment of 4 (5 hour) shifts per month for 10 months (40 shifts total), and regularly attend bi-monthly Team Meetings during the year
- I agree to be responsible for the shifts I sign up for and I will make a reasonable effort to find my own replacement if I am unable to make my shift
- I agree to follow and adhere to the policies and procedures of the Distress Centre
- I will attend developmental training as I am able
- I understand my work will be evaluated on an ongoing basis
- I understand more than three late arrivals or no shows for shifts, and training sessions, will be noted and could lead to a review of my status as Youth Program Volunteer (and may also be reflected in any references given).
- If I do not fulfill the aforementioned commitments, I am aware my status as a volunteer will be reviewed
As an organization built around volunteers, the quality of our services is only as good as the quality of our volunteer experience. And we are proud to say that both are exceptional. We have adopted the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement (CCVI) to ensure you have a meaningful and fulfilling volunteer experience.
There are many benefits to volunteering at Distress Centre. Here’s just a few:
- Make a tangible, measurable difference each and every day
- Gain valuable professional and life experience
- Receive a respected reference
- Work alongside an exceptional team of people
- Give back to the community
* Selection is without discrimination and is based on available positions *
Distress Centre is a non-smoking facility.
Part I: Please complete the following information
Part V: Interview Hints and Guidelines
Becoming a superhero means passing some tests along the way. One of the first hurdles to overcome is the interview. There won’t be a bright light shining in your face or a cheesy good cop/bad cop routine playing out in front of you but interviews, in general, can be pretty intimidating. This section is here to provide you with some tips to help you leave an unforgettable impression.
- Dress for success. You don’t need to be rockin’ a $500 suit but dressing up for the occasion can be a huge help. Put some thought into what you’ll wear (maybe even ask Mom or Dad for advice).
- Get your thought on. We’re going to ask you some questions and the more prepared for them you are, the more confident you will feel. We’re not going to tell you what the exact questions are but the following examples fall along the themes of what we may ask:
- Why do you want to volunteer for ConnecTeen?
- How do you like to help people or have other people help you?
- How do you handle conflict and disagreement?
- Many interviews that you will attend throughout your life will ask you behavioural type questions. These can often be difficult to answer if you haven’t put thought in before the interview. Behavioural questions will ask you for examples of times in your life when you took action and how you solved a problem. Having thought of possible examples before the interview will allow you to answer quickly and confidently.
- It’s ok to show us your feelings. In fact, we hope that you do. At ConnecTeen, we support people as they deal with crisis and sometimes negative emotions. One of the skills that we look for in our superheroes is emotional intelligence. That is, the ability to recognize, label, and understand your own emotions. Don’t be afraid to talk about your emotions; we look for superhero humans, not robots.
Hopefully these tips are helpful for you as you prepare for your ConnecTeen interview. If you want to learn more about how to prepare for an interview please check out the Youth Employment Centre. This agency is designed to help you improve your skills in all areas of employment seeking. From career planning to resumes to interview skills, they can help you hone your knowledge and ability so you can feel confident no matter what interview you’re walking into.