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The ChangeTheWorld – Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is an annual campaign for youth aged 14 to 18 to volunteer a minimum of three hours. The 2017 campaign runs for 6 weeks and kicks off during National Volunteer Week (April 23 to 29) through to June 3.

Youth Engagement

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 2016 ChangeTheWorld campaign in Ottawa, click here.

Youth Advisory Committee

This is a great volunteer opportunity to develop your leadership skills while strengthening your community.  Members of the Youth Advisory Committee meet once a month and are be responsible for assisting with the planning, promotion, and recruitment of the ChangeTheWorld campaign in Ottawa. 

Tasks may include providing input and ideas to ensure the activities of the campaign are relevant and appealing to youth, talking to classrooms of students at your school, and promoting the campaign through social media.  

School Ambassador

Volunteer Ottawa is seeking pairs of organized and outgoing students from all high schools in Ottawa to take on the role of a CTW School Ambassador.  As a School Ambassador, your main duty is to spread awareness and promote the ChangeTheWorld campaign at your school.  This is a great leadership development opportunity that will provide you with hands on experience in promotion and communications. You will receive support from Volunteer Ottawa and earn community service hours for your time. 

As a CTW School Ambassador, you will: 

1. Attend a School Ambassador training session at Volunteer Ottawa, 363 Coventry Rd, Ottawa, K1K 2C5 (Date TBD)

 2. Promote the ChangeTheWorld Campaign to students at your school; talk to your school s guidance counselors about Change the World, set up an information table at lunch during National Volunteer Week and pass the word along.

 3. Participate in ChangeTheWorld and youth volunteering throughout the campaign period of April 23 to June 3, 2017. The deadline to apply is March 31st, however, priority will be given to pairs of students who apply early.

Click here to apply to be a ChangeTheWorld ambassador. Please apply in groups of two. 

Inquiries for the student ambassador leadership position should be sent to Eric Shirley at engagement@volunteerottawa.ca. 


Click here to see Frequently Asked Questions about ChangeTheWorld.