Volunteer for the Youth Program
NEWCOMER YOUTH AND THE CHALLENGE OF "FEELING AT HOME"
Some immigrants come voluntarily to Canada to reunite their families or to seek a better future. Others come involuntarily as refugees, forced to leave their home from war or persecution. Either way, immigrants' families are separated, their community ties cut, their social networks lost. A permanent move from one country to another is a stressful and life altering event. All newcomers begin to rebuild their life, and many succeed. But some, especially refugees, find it particularly challenging to adapt to their new community. Meeting new people and participating in the community makes it easier to "feel at home".
WHAT WOULD I DO AS A VOLUNTEER?
There are a number of youth programs that can use your help. The EAL Support Group is a group of students from Regina high schools, aged 13 to 18, who meet to get help with their homework from volunteer tutors. The Summer Leisure Youth Program needs volunteers to help facilitate sports throughout the summer months. Other activities happen throughout the year.
WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF THE YOUTH PROGRAM?
The activities and services we provide to newcomer youth contribute to their self-confidence, their language skills and increase their ability to participate in Canadian society.
WHY SHOULD I VOLUNTEER?
It's a great way to help newcomers to feel at home. You'll have a chance to learn about someone from a different culture and add an exciting, rewarding and meaningful experience to your resume.
WHO CAN BE A VOLUNTEER IN THIS PROGRAM?
To be a volunteer with the RODS Youth program, you need to be at least 18 years old and get a police Criminal Record Check from the Regina Police Services.
To obtain a Criminal Record Check, please request a volunteer letter from the RODS Youth program at Once acquired, please go to the Regina Police Service at 1717 Osler Street. As of March 19, 2018, the fee for volunteer criminal record checks will be $10.00 (ten dollars). The Regina Police Service policy states that record checks are valid for 30 days and can be reprinted at any time within 30 days.
You will also need to obtain a Child Abuse Registry Check from Social Services at 2045 Broad Street.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO PROCESS MY APPLICATION?
Once we receive your complete application (including the Criminal Record Check) we try to process it within a month. However, sometimes the reference check process can take longer. You can help us speed up the process by forwarding this Reference Check Questionnaire to your references; ask them to fill and send to . We will only accept forms sent directly from your reference’s email address, and we will follow up with a phone call to make sure is genuine. For faster identification, please save the form with your name before sending to your references.
HOW CAN I REGISTER?
Please fill out the Volunteer Application and email it to or drop it off to 4th Floor, 2220 12th Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan, attention Volunteer Program.
For more information about the Welcoming Community for Newcomers (WCN) Program, please contact:
4th Floor, 2220 12th Avenue
Tel: (306) 352-3500
Click here to learn more about our Youth Program.