Ignite is a unique social enterprise that uses an entrepreneurial business approach to solve social issues inherent in at-risk young adults. To be successful, Ignite relies on the assistance of more than 75 volunteers each year. Through the collaboration of the Ignite team members and our many volunteers, our community is made stronger.
Ignite benefits greatly from the support of volunteers in a variety of areas. Volunteers help raise funds, coordinate special events, participate on subcommittees, and support the work of Ignite with their knowledge and expertise.
There are many incredible benefits for those who volunteer, including
- making a difference in someone’s life
- giving back to the community
- contributing to a cause that may have personal significance
- learning a new skill or sharing existing skills
- meeting new people
- being part of a team
- having fun
While the time commitments and experience requirements vary according to each volunteer opportunity, all volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, submit a Volunteer Application Form, complete a Criminal Record Check, participate in a screening interview with a member of the Ignite team, read the Volunteer Handbook, and attend the Ignite Volunteer Orientation program prior to volunteering.
>>Become a Mentor
Mentoring is a meaningful way of building a civil society. When we mentor the growth and success of a young person, we support the empowerment of that person.
As an Ignite mentor, you will be in a situational learning environment. This type of environment involves
- respect - appreciating the role of working not with young adults “at-risk” but rather with young adults in an environment full of barriers, risks and opportunities
- mutuality - engaging in mutual learning
- collaboration - understanding the give and take involved in learning
- authentic relationships - being yourself and allowing others to be who they are
- transparency - having no ulterior motives
- a learning spirit - wanting to learn more
- self-knowledge - understanding your own biases and the origins of them
- patience - knowing that there is not a pre-set, easy formula for learning
As partners with TalentC, an accredited mentoring company, we provide all mentor applicants with an information session and an opportunity to talk with our mentor facilitator. Throughout each Ignite program cycle, we provide a helpful and supportive environment for all mentors.
- commit to a minimum of 2 hours each month in a 7- to 9-month mentorship
- professional business experience would be an asset
To become an Ignite mentor, please submit a Mentor Application Form.
>>Tutor a Student
As our students work toward achieving their Grade 12 General Equivalency Diploma (GED) in the areas of math, science, social studies, reading comprehension and writing skills, some find the need for extra assistance. The tutoring requirements of students vary depending on the individual academic supports needed during a program cycle of 6 months in class.
- be available to work on-site at Ignite at a time that is convenient for you and the student—during the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday
Time commitments vary according to the success of the tutoring sessions. Our goal is to focus on the needs of the students until they are able to comprehend the academic material and successfully complete the work.
- a genuine desire to help a young person succeed
- a willingness to teach patiently
- a knowledge of the subject area
>>Teach a Driving Course
Ignite hires driving instructors to provide classroom training as well as in-car training to enable students to obtain a Learner’s licence and a Class 5 licence.
Learner’s licence – SGI provides an analysis for each student of Ignite. Once that is determined, a volunteer instructor is needed to secure and organize documents, schedule the Learner’s licence tests, and transport each student to his/her test.
Class 5 licence – Additional in-car practice time is needed beyond the driver instructor’s requirement of 6 hours. A volunteer instructor is needed to assist with the in-car driving practice, prepare the necessary documents, schedule the Class 5 driving exam, and transport each student to his/her exam.
- varies based on individual student needs but tends to be a specific segment of time for obtaining Learner’s licences and a separate segment of time for obtaining Class 5 licences
- working on the Learner’s licence takes place between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday
- driving practices take place over the lunch hour or after 4:30 p.m.
- valid Class 5 licence
- confidence in the ability to instruct
- clean driving record
- must have own car and be willing to provide the use of it for driving practices
>>Take Part in Special Events
Volunteers are needed to work as members of committees and to organize and run special events throughout the year. Events include:
- graduation (2 per year)
- fundraising events
- varies for each event
- ability to organize and implement plans within a committee of volunteers
- ability to meet deadlines
Need More Information?
Additional information may be found by contacting Ignite.