Volunteering at Boost CYAC

Boost CYAC volunteers are an outstanding group of people. They are groups and individuals representing our community and they share in a common need to reach out and help others. Volunteers of all ages play an integral role in our fundraising, awareness and service activities. Our volunteers contribute their unique skills, experience and compassion to help us. We recruit volunteers with the skills, experience, qualifications and interest to meet our needs and offer rewarding opportunities to make a difference.

How You Can Help

Boost CYAC has volunteer opportunities throughout the year, primarily related to fundraising events and awareness campaigns. Occasionally we will request volunteers for administrative or service related tasks.

What is the commitment?

You may wish to volunteer as often as you like. We are flexible and will work with you to accommodate your schedule.

What are the requirements?

Given the number of volunteer applications Boost CYAC receives, we are unable to meet with each applicant in person. The selection of volunteers differs depending on the volunteer opportunity available. For a fundraising event or awareness campaign, a telephone interview may be conducted prior to the event. If the volunteer role is fairly involved and requires training, we may host a training session at our office prior to the event. Boost CYAC offers few volunteer opportunities that allow contact with our clients. If one does arise, we require a current police check and in-person interview(s) be completed prior to the volunteer opportunity. Information related to Toronto Police Service reference checks is available at http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/prcp/

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Student Placement

The application process for full academic year student placements at Boost CYAC is now open. We are not accepting student placements for the spring or summer of 2017. The application deadline is: March 31, 2017. Opportunities are listed below:

Child & Youth Advocacy Program Placement Opportunity


Boost CYAC is offering one (1) student practicum opportunity within the Child & Youth Advocacy Program (CYAP), which will run from Sept 2017 to April 2018.

The CYAP is a voluntary service offered to all families involved with the CYAC during a child abuse investigation. Child & Youth Advocates provide immediate and ongoing support, advocacy and referral services to children/youth and their family members
CYAP Student Practicum Description

Reports to: Child & Youth Advocacy Manager

Potential Responsibilities Include:

Phase 1:

  • Become familiar with Boost CYAC programs, policies and procedures.
  • Review all CYAP related materials.
  • Meet members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) including Police, Child Protection, Medical staff and Counsellors.
  • Attend client case review meetings with CYAP staff.
  • Assist CYAP staff in file management and other administrative tasks.

Phase 2:

  • Shadow advocate staff during investigations when they meet with children, youth and their families
  • Shadow advocacy staff during follow up outreach (phone and/or in person) to clients to provide ongoing support, advocacy and referrals
  • Assist CYAP staff in exploring and making appropriate client referrals.

Phase 3:

  • Under supervision of CYAP staff:
  • Co-lead meetings with children/youth and their families during investigations at the CYAC and/or for follow up meetings.
  • Contact families to provide ongoing support and advocacy.
  • Liaison with MDT members on behalf of clients.
  • Complete ongoing client referrals
  • Carry a small caseload

Note: During each phase, the student will participate in clinical and program team meetings, Boost staff meetings, and training opportunities.


Qualifications Required:

  • Enrollment in a Bachelors and/or Masters level degree in Social Work or a related field OR College degree/diploma program.
  • Students should be in their final year and have already completed placement(s) which involved direct client experience.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in computer skills, including basic database management skills.


Additional Helpful Assets:

  • Experience working or volunteering in an organization serving children/youth and families.
  • Experience working directly with children/youth.
  • Some knowledge of the field of childhood trauma, abuse and violence.
  • Knowledge of child development.
  • Some knowledge of community resources.
  • Ability to work with a team.
  • Ability to employ self-care strategies in relation to potentially stressful situations.
  • Great initiative and a self-starter
  • Ability to speak a language(s) other than English.
Assessment Directed Therapy Program Placement Opportunity

The Assessment Directed Therapy Program offers one (1) clinical practicum opportunity for the 2017/2018 academic year. This practicum is only open to students currently enrolled in the Masters of Social Work Program at the University of Toronto. MSW students interested in this opportunity should consult with their Placement Co-ordinator or Program Supervisor and request s/he contact Heather Gregory, Manager of the Assessment Directed Therapy Program by March 31, 2017.

Heather Gregory
Manager, Assessment Directed Therapy Program
(416) 515-1100 ext. 59333

If you are interested in completing one of the student placements described above, please request that the Placement Co-ordinator or Program Supervisor at the College/University contact Linda Arwich, Manager of Human Resources & Administration by the application deadline. Interviews will be held in April 2017.

Linda Arwich
Manager of Human Resources & Administration
Tel: (416) 515-1100 ext. 59335
Toll Free: 1-855-424-1100
Email: arwich@boostforkids.org