Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) (Volunteer Mentor, Mentorship Program)

Organization Name: Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA)
Opportunity Title: Volunteer Mentor, Mentorship Program
Category: Children & Youth
Commitment: Ongoing Opportunity (> 1 year)
Start Date: October 18, 2019
End Date: April 1, 2099

Email: mentorship@unya.bc.ca
Website: http://unya.bc.ca/mentorship
  • Background/police check required
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged 55 and over
  • Training or orientation required
Opportunity Description:

Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons are encouraged to apply.


Located in East Vancouver, Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) is a registered not-for-profit society. UNYA was formed in 1988 to address issues facing Indigenous youth, when growing numbers of young Indigenous people were leaving reserves for the city. Today, approximately 60% of the Indigenous population in Canada lives in urban settings, and 60% of the overall Indigenous population is under the age of 25.

UNYA is the only Indigenous youth hub in the Vancouver area, and currently operates over 20 programs designed to support the immediate and long-term needs of urban Indigenous youth.


The Mentorship Program connects Indigenous youth between the ages of 12 to 15 with volunteer adult mentors. With the support of positive role-models, Indigenous youth have the opportunity to realize their strengths and work towards future goals. Our aim is to empower youth and provide them with the tools they need to make positive choices and changes, helping them grow into strong, capable and confident adults.


We are seeking committed volunteer mentors, from all backgrounds, to engage in mentorships with 12 to 15 year old Indigenous youth. Volunteer mentors will meet with their youth throughout the month, and participate in one-on-one, fun, consistent and skills-based activities together.

Mentoring Activity Possibilities:
– Recreation/Sports
– Volunteering/Job-search
– Culture
– Education
– Music
– Art

A Volunteer Mentor must:
-be a mature, positive role-model;
-be energetic, and relate well to youth;
-commit to a mentorship lasting a minimum of 1 year;
-devote 2-4 hours per week to meeting with their youth mentee;
-clear an RCMP Criminal Record Check specific to the Vulnerable Sector.

Training Provided & Benefits to Volunteering:
-Mentor orientation;
-Ongoing follow-up and support from program staff;
-Free bi-monthly trainings/workshops on subjects such as residential schools, sexual health, conflict resolution, FASD, alcohol and drug use, mental health, and internet safety;
-Free monthly group activities for mentors and youth;
-Tickets to sporting events, arts and cultural activities.

Interested in becoming a mentor? Email mentorship(at)unya.bc.cayour Cover Letter and Resume, addressed to Program Manager, Mentorship Program. *Any applications submitted directly through Indeed will NOT be reviewed*

*Please note: Volunteer placements are limited and competitive. Only those shortlisted will be contacted.*

Urban Native Youth Association
1618 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V5L 1S6
Visit us online at unya.bc.ca/programs/mentorship-program/

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