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Empowerment Squared offers volunteers the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of newcomer and marginalized youth and families. Our dedicated volunteers help Empowerment Squared achieve its mission and contribute greatly to our success. As our organization continues to grow, our need for volunteer support continues to expand. We offer excellent opportunities, training, and support, and an opportunity to help truly transform lives and communities.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer, Homework Circle Program

Empowerment Squared’s Homework Circle program supports newcomer youth from grades 1 to 12 and their families in building self-confidence and school readiness for positive engagement in the education system. In Ontario, the school system is the first and most significant point of contact for newcomer youth.

Opportunities:

  • Tuesdays – 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM (ET) – Grades 6-8 – In Person at E2 East Location
  • Wednesdays – 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM (ET) – Grades 9-12 – Online via Zoom
  • Thursdays – 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (ET) – Grades 1-5 – Online via Zoom
Empowerment Squared Team and Volunteers posing while making Smile Cookies

Volunteer, School Readiness Program

Empowerment Squared’s School Readiness Program Orientation aims to help Hamilton’s racialized and newcomer children and youth, navigate through and succeed in Hamilton’s Education System, whilst coping with issues of racial discrimination, culture differences, language barriers, pre- and post-migration trauma, inter-generational trauma, mental health difficulties and other hurdles that make graduating and proceeding forward in their education more challenging.

Program Dates:

  • August 22, 2022 – September 2, 2022
  • 2 week commitment, once per week – Monday – Friday – 8:45 AM – 2:15 PM (ET)
Empowerment Squared Team and Volunteers posing while making Smile Cookies

Volunteer, Digital Literacy

Empowerment Squared’s ACCESS Tech program addresses the gap in access to technology that disproportionately impacts newcomer, racialized, and marginalized communities in Hamilton. The program delivers digital literacy workshops to youth, guardians, and caregivers and provides basic computer skill education to build confidence as participants engage in the education system, seek employment, and connect with loved ones overseas.

The Digital Literacy Volunteer will be asked to assist the Program Coordinator with delivering a four-week digital literacy workshop to members of the community. Volunteer(s) will act as an assistant to the Program Coordinator and will have a few duties that they would assist with.

Volunteer requirements

Volunteers at Empowerment Squared are expected to make a consistent commitment to the program or task they join. This involves completing relevant training, demonstrating punctuality, flexibility, cultural sensitivity, and the willingness to learn and grow as part of a team. To become a volunteer with Empowerment Squared, applicants must:

  • Attend a volunteer information session 
  • Have enough time to commit to the project or task over a defined time frame
  • Complete the volunteer intake package and provide references
  • Complete an interview as applicable
  • Pass a vulnerable sector criminal background check
  • Attend the mandatory training sessions required for the position applied
  • Currently, have access to internet for programs offered online through Zoom

Academic Mentoring

Academic mentors are a group of dedicated volunteers at Empowerment Squared. Our mentors are college and university students and adults of all ages, and sometimes, exceptional senior high school students.

Academic mentors primarily work with young students (and sometimes adult learners) as part of the Homework Circle program to support them in their academic development. Work sessions typically involve working with students one-on-one, but mentors will often work with a number of students. Our Homework Circle program is aligned to school curriculums, and mentors assist with topics such as math, science, English, and others.

 Successful academic mentors are:

  • Serious about their commitment
  • Patient, respectful, and act within the boundaries defined by their position
  • Committed to learning, diversity and youth development
  • Willing to step out of their comfort zones in a supportive environment
  • Possess a desire to make a difference in someone’s life
  • Knowledgeable about the topics they are helping students with

Dedicated mentors also have the opportunity to apply to become a senior academic mentor, which includes additional responsibilities such as managing classrooms, leading mindfulness activities, E-movement sessions, and managing groups online.

Academic Mentoring

Academic mentors are a group of dedicated volunteers at Empowerment Squared. Our mentors are college and university students and adults of all ages, and sometimes, exceptional senior high school students.

Academic mentors primarily work with young students (and sometimes adult learners) as part of the Homework Circle program to support them in their academic development. Work sessions typically involve working with students one-on-one, but mentors will often work with a number of students. Our Homework Circle program is aligned to school curriculums, and mentors assist with topics such as math, science, English, and others.

 Successful academic mentors are:

  • Serious about their commitment
  • Patient, respectful, and act within the boundaries defined by their position
  • Committed to learning, diversity and youth development
  • Willing to step out of their comfort zones in a supportive environment
  • Possess a desire to make a difference in someone’s life
  • Knowledgeable about the topics they are helping students with

Dedicated mentors also have the opportunity to apply to become a senior academic mentor, which includes additional responsibilities such as managing classrooms, leading mindfulness activities, E-movement sessions, and managing groups online.