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Mandatory Volunteer Hours

Since the 1999-2000 school year, students entering secondary school must complete a minimum of 40hrs of community involvement activities as part of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary SchYouth Engagement ool Diploma (OSSD). To some students achieving 40 hours are difficult to obtain and can be a barrier to graduation. Volunteer Ottawa helps students achieve these volunteering goals by identifying opportunities and connecting students to organizations that value youth volunteers as a resource. 

The ChangeTheWorld Program

VO is proud to be part of a province wide campaign started in 2008 to address the need to help youth find meaningful volunteer hours and leadership opportunities in the community.  The key to the campaign is that all of the opportunities are specific to youth in grades 9-12.  The campaign has grown from its inception from two weeks to the current length of 6 weeks.

Both members and non-members are eligible to post events during the campaign and schools are encouraged to participate as well.  ChangeTheWorld is a chance to show students that volunteering is mutually beneficial and that achieving 40hrs shouldn’t feel like a barrier, rather an opportunity to follow their interests, make new friends, and gain experience.  By presenting students with a wide range of different volunteer opportunities, targeted specifically to them, we hope to make the process of getting involved with volunteering easy and fun as well as encourage volunteerism past mandatory hours.

There are now 24 volunteer centres across the province participating.

For more information on the 2017 ChangeTheWorld campaign in Ottawa, click here. 

For more information on the 2016 ChangeTheWorld campaign in Ottawa, click here.

Community Engagement Program (CEP) Youth

We work closely with our member organizations to create meaningful volunteer opportunities for youth. We offer a number of educational workshops where we invite experts to present on how to engage and manage young volunteers.

As part of promoting volunteerism among youth we offer presentations and workshops to youth on how to become engaged in their community through volunteering. We are also available to take part in other events that are particularly catered for youth in Ottawa area.