Recruiters for Youth Engagement Project

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
The Peer Project I Youth Assisting Youth
  • Community Outreach
  • Volunteer Management / Coordination
Contract - Full Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto
Entry LevelN/A2019-02-052019-04-06

Youth Outreach Workers Needed

Youth Assisting Youth / The Peer Project needs youth outreach workers who have experience living and/or working in marginalized Toronto communities such as Crescent Town, Malvern or Jane-Finch. You need to be an articulate and creative person with proven outreach and connection skills who can attract positive youth volunteers (aged 16 to 29) to become involved in civic and community engagement. 

You will help create meaningful committed service opportunities for youth from the targeted communities by using their skills, leadership abilities and empathy to help them to make a difference in their local community.

Your successful presentation and orientation experience and your energetic and professional attitude will be instrumentali in this role. Using your creativity and tenacity you will identify and attract suitable youth volunteers, with a focus on young males, to act as Youth Peer Mentors to the vulnerable Newcomer and at risk children and youth (6-15) on our waiting list. 


  • Develop and execute a proactive volunteer recruitment strategy in collaboration with our existing Recruitment Team
  • Develop a network of community partners who would, on an ongoing basis, refer potential youth volunteers to fulfill the agency’s current and future needs
  • Develop new creative methods to recruit male Youth Volunteers aged 16 to 29
  • Conduct effective mentor training workshops for new applicants
  • Work with other members of the program team to network with organizations involved in male-dominated areas, volunteerism and ethno-specific groups
  • Maintain links with current recruiting sources and assist in the development of new ones
  • Develop strong relations with Program Staff to identify recruitment expectations and gaps, and also determine profiles of ideal volunteers


  • Strong overall knowledge of issues facing marginalized Toronto youth in the Jane-Finch, Malvern, Dawes Road and Crescent Town communities. Lived experience in all or any of these areas is an asset
  • Experience engaging with youth from many socially diverse backgrounds, using verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with youth serving organizations within the target communities
  • Familiarity with the specialized needs of youth who may be experiencing challenges related to involvement in the criminal justice system, cultural adjustment, and/or who are suffering from mental health issues, trauma and learning disabilities
  • Strong communication skills, both orally and in writing, and able to make inspiring marketing presentations 
  • Confident motivational speaker and facilitator in order to conduct effective orientation and training sessions
  • Able to think outside the box and develop new recruiting methods specific to the targeted communitie
  • Able to work independently, make cold calls, use time effectively, juggle tasks, set priorities and focus on details
  • Good at using social media tools and able to use a computer, including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must be able to work some evenings and occasional weekends
  • A valid Ontario class “G” driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle considered an asset
  • Event planning experience is an asset
  • High School or post secondary education in Outreach and/or Volunteer Management
  • Must be able to provide a clear Vulnerable Screen Criminal Record Check
  • Must have a current First Aid and CPR certificate

Contract Dates: This is a 40 hour per week contract position from March 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.  This position includes evening and occasional weekend work and requires being available for all YAY events.  Please also submit a cover letter that details how your skills meet the requirements of the position.  Access to the Peer Project office is easily available by TTC as it is located adjacent to the Yonge-Finch subway and opposite the Finch Bus Terminal.  We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Peer Project (YAY) is a non-profit, charitable organization servicing the GTA and York Region.  The agency matches Youth volunteers aged 16 – 29, to a one-on-one relationship with children aged 6 to 15, who are experiencing social, emotional, behavioural or cultural adjustment difficulties. The goal of the program is to provide a child with a positive role model through a Mentoring relationship (Match) with a Youth volunteer.  The agency provides recreational events, programs and activities for matched and pre-matched children.


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