Fostering, Empowering, Advocating, Together (F.E.A.T.) for Children of Incarcerated Parents is a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of children and families affected by parental or sibling incarceration. In partnership with F.E.A.T, Ryerson students can volunteer with one of two 12-week afterschool programs designed to optimize the psychological, social, and educational outcomes of children and youth by facilitating the development of leadership and mentorship skills, building positive peer relationships, increasing self-esteem and fostering academic success.
The Afterschool Drop in and Mentorship Program is geared to children and youth 6-18 year olds and will include a range “age/stage/interest relevant” activities including: cooking, tutoring, sports, arts and crafts, field trips, team-building activities and games, peer group discussion, and organizing youth-led projects to strengthen the community. The program includes group mentorship as well as individualized mentoring where interested volunteers can be matched one-on-one with a child or youth in the context of the Afterschool program. Mentors will have the opportunity to offer academic support, teach healthy coping strategies and gain hands-on opportunities for practicing learned skills and strategies, etc…
When and Where? Programs will run for 12-weeks, select the day/location that works for you:
- Jane-Sheppard area (Ephraim’s Place Community Centre http://ephraimsplace.com/) Wed 4-7pm; or
- Cosburn and Greenwood, Danforth East York Community (Cosburn United Church http://www.cosburnunitedchurch.com) Thurs 4-7pm
Training is required of all volunteers. You’ll need to be available for a 2hr training offered in the third week of January.
Commitment: Volunteers need to be available for the full 12-weeks to participate starting January 27 & 28th. Volunteers will need to submit a Police check and vulnerability screening (information will be provided at training). Those who complete the full program will received a letter of participation from Ryerson and F.E.A.T.
APPLY HERE. The deadline to apply is January 22nd
Questions? Contact Jill Careless, Community Liaison, Student Experience Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org