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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, Program Food Support

The Summer Youth Leadership Program is for students in grades 6 to 9 to develop leadership skills and confidence to become strong community members and leaders. Designed in consultation with a group of local youth asked to identify essential skills they wanted to develop to be more active community members. To answer the needs identified, Empowerment Squared will facilitate learning activities and provide opportunities for the youth to practice those skills in a safe and supportive environment.

We are looking for 1-2 volunteers for two hours/day for two weeks to help us organize and serve lunch. We greatly appreciate the ability to volunteer multiple days over the two-week program. We ask volunteers to drive to collect the food (pre-ordered and paid for) or collect the delivery at the office, set up food and dishes, serve food to youth, and assist with clean-up.

Volunteer, Youth Leadership Program

The Summer Youth Leadership Program is for students in grades 6 to 9 to develop leadership skills and confidence to become strong community members and leaders. Designed in consultation with a group of local youth asked to identify essential skills they wanted to develop to be more active community members. To answer the needs identified, Empowerment Squared will facilitate learning activities and provide opportunities for the youth to practice those skills in a safe and supportive environment.

We are looking for 3-4 volunteers to help us facilitate the 2-week program. We greatly appreciate the ability to volunteer multiple days over the two-week program.

Young girl and Student helper working on homework

Volunteer, Sports & Recreation Program

Empowerment Squared’s Youth Soccer Program is a co-ed program led by dedicated facilitators and volunteers promoting the qualities needed to live a healthy lifestyle and skill-building for newcomer and marginalized youth from the ages of 6-14.

The program is built to help attendees develop soccer skills in a non-competitive environment through the use of scrimmages, skill-based training, and team building activities aimed at encouraging healthy self-esteem & positive social interaction.

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.

Empowerment Squared Team and Volunteers posing while making Smile Cookies

Volunteer, ACCESS Program: Packing and Distribution

The ACCESS program was launched in March 2020. Since its inception, the program has supported over 1000 individuals with food, household essentials, personal protective equipment, and access to technology. Through assessments, we learned that several families were experiencing partial to complete loss of income, impacting their ability to purchase basic necessities such as food, household supplies, and hygiene supplies.

Empowerment Squared is looking for volunteers to help with the access program this summer by packing and distributing groceries for families. Volunteers will be supporting staff with packing bags with grocery items based on pre-curated lists.

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.