Volunteering Information

Thank you so much for your willingness to volunteer. The Swift Current Community Youth Initiative (SCCYI) here at the Center’s main purpose is to provide a safe and fun place for youth to hang out. We exist to INSPIRE the youth of Swift Current and the Southwest one relationship at a time, to make positive life decisions and become a part of the community and society. Our goal is to help youth holistically, providing them with opportunities to take positive strides in their lives, physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, socially and artistically.

It is a privilege for youth to attend the Center. We have firm guidelines and expectations for all youth. These are clearly known by our youth and strictly enforced so that all who enter the Center feel safe.

THE RULES OF THE CENTER’S YOUTH DROP IN EVENINGS

  1. No alcohol
  2. No smoking/drugs
  3. No bullying or Harassing
  4. No swearing
  5. Respect each other and the property

 

The Center would not be in existence without the passion, love dedication and commitment given by you, the volunteer. Someone once said “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CENTER’S YOUTH DROP IN EVENINGS

The main purpose of the Swift Current Community Youth Initiative is to provide the youth of Swift Current (Grade 6-12) with a safe and fun place to hang out. Our goal is to help our youth holistically, providing them with opportunities to take positive strides in their lives physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, socially and artistically.

Responsibility to Fellow Volunteers :

We aim to build a team that cares for each other, respects each other, and are sensitive to each other’s personal boundaries, and have the courage to communicate to each other when the lines have been crossed. We want to maintain confidentiality between the volunteers about the kids, without negative or derogatory responses to each other. We want you to realize that the final decision in any conflict will be left with the program directors or the head volunteer of the evening. We ask that you support their decision.

Responsibility to the Kids

Through the drop-in evenings on Friday and Saturday (as well as other opportunities and events), we want to create an environment that is conducive to youth making positive and good decisions, developing socially and making new friends in an atmosphere that both they and their parents can trust. You, the volunteer, are an important part towards steering them in the right direction by your example, responses, friendliness, encouragement, understanding, actions, responsibility, sensitivity and conversation. We ask that you recognize the God-given value of each youth that attends, and that you treat them with respect and acceptance regardless of their look or reputation. Often volunteers can set the tone for an evening without confrontation or incident. If you feel you can support these objectives, we welcome you as a volunteer and say thank you for the time and effort you are donating on behalf of the youth and families of Swift Current.

Important Policy

Volunteers are at no point permitted to provide youth with transportation to or from The Center during Drop-in nights. If you are to connect with youth in any way outside The Center, it is under the understanding that you are alone in your decision to do so, and not under the umbrella of The Center. We ask that you use discretion in this matter and do not arrange the meetings within The Center, or make one on one meetings that are not in public areas. There are to be NO pictures taken by volunteers at any point inside or on the property. The Center staff are only permitted to take pictures of any kind, and will be used for promotional purposes. Please do not exchange phone numbers or contact information (ie. Facebook, emails, social media outlets, etc.) with youth. If you wish to do so please ask a SCCYI staff member before you do so. Any physical contact such as: hugging, cuddling, kissing, wrestling, or anything that could be considered inappropriate that involves physical touch with youth is prohibited. All volunteers will need to provide an up-to-date criminal record check and a filled out volunteer application before volunteering. We also ask that all volunteers read the SCCYI Abuse Policy posted on the website. This is an important document that highlights expectations in how you are to treat youth, and respond to certain situations that may arise.

We take these matters very seriously and want to make sure we are keeping the safety of the youth and our volunteers at the forefront. Any issues or questions that come up from the rules and policies provided can be brought forward to the Executive Director of the Swift Current Community Youth Initiative.