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Help ignite a spark for local youth

Many people wish that, while they were young, someone had stepped up to help them better understand the possibilities for their future. As a BEP volunteer, you can step up to be that person for young people growing up today in Waterloo Region.

How can I help?

We are currently redeveloping our volunteer programs to meet the needs of local schools and students during the pandemic.

If you are a community member who wants to share your career story and expertise with local students, please fill out the contact form at the end of this page. We will contact you soon when we are ready to accept your application and onboard you onto our team!

As a KW local, I really enjoy the chance to give back and provide some guidance to our eager student population. I think it’s important we give them exposure to more real-world jobs, success stories, and struggles to prepare them for life.”

—Courtney CasselCEO & Owner, Cassel Consulting

Thank you so much for having me visit and be a part of such an amazing opportunity and program! I love the connections, relationship-building and value in reaching our young people!

—Tammi Hall-StollFamily and Children's Services of the Waterloo Region

It’s satisfying to share my experiences with the students. I never had the benefit of someone coming in to share experiences [when I was in school].

—Bruce FraserDirector of HR, Steelcraft Inc.

Volunteer FAQs

Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age and agree to the Program Terms and Conditions and Website Terms and Conditions. Most critically, volunteers must be:

  • Prepared to be a positive presence for youth with whom they interact
  • Reliable to keep commitments they have made, beyond exceptional circumstances
  • Able to communicate proficiently in English

There is no minimum time commitment; you can accept only the opportunities that fit within your schedule. Most opportunities are during the daytime from Monday to Friday (school hours).

Prospective volunteers are subject to a review of their application, including an interview, prior to participating in BEP programs. Volunteers are required to follow the practices defined in the BEP terms and conditions, which includes being under the supervision of an educator or assigned school staff for any in-school activity.

When creating your profile, you can indicate your interest in virtual volunteer opportunities, as well as areas within the Region of Waterloo that you would potentially be willing to travel. During the Covid-19 pandemic, it is expected that opportunities will be primarily, if not exclusively, virtual. However, if you are open to requests for face-to-face volunteering in the future, we encourage you to include this in your profile. That way, when public health measures make it feasible for face-to-face to connect in schools, you will not miss out on these requests. Your profile can also be updated in the future to adjust your preferences.

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