Biidaaban Youth Group - Volunteer

Biidaaban Youth Group (BYG) is an after school homework help program for Indigenous youth in Kindergarten to grade 6. 

Nipissing University students have an opportunity to volunteer as Program Leaders and support Indigenous youth with their homework, as well as host weekly recreational, social and artistic activities.

Program Leader registration

Contact Christine Benoit, Biidaaban Community Service-Learning (BCSL) Officer. Visit in person at the Office of Indigenous Initiatives (F215-D), call 705-474-3450 ext. 4586 or email christb@nipissingu.ca.

You will need to: 

    1. Book an interview 
    2. Provide a valid Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)If you currently live in North Bay or Callander, go to North Bay Police. If you currently live anywhere else in Ontario, visit Ontario Provincial Police. You will need to provide them with a letter of request which you can obtain from the BCSL Officer.

    Program location

    Important dates

    • Interview / Booked as needed 
    • Program time and dates / 2:30pm to 5pm on the following 15 Thursdays:

      October 3,10, 31 / November 6, 13, 20 / January 9, 16, 23, 30 / February 6, 13 / March 5, 12, 26

    • Year-end program celebration "Niminowaazmin" / March 29th, 2020

    Benefits of becoming a Program Leader

    Support Community

    • Connect with real people, share in their experiences, learn from them
    • Provide human resources where there is a need
    • Enhance social awareness and sense of responsibility
    • Get to know your community beyond the campus

    Professional Development

    • Meet people and network
    • Learn from experience  
    • Develop skills and broaden knowledge (critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, communication)

    Personal Growth

    • Gain perspective
    • Assess your strengths, motivations and passions
    • Increase understanding of concepts learned in class
    • Get to know yourself in different contexts and in relation to others

    Training

    A number of training opportunities are offered free of charge to Biidaaban Youth Group Student Leaders who volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours, including First Aid and CPR, ASIST training, StraightTalk, SafeTalk, Tattered Teddies, Mental Health First Aid, and more.

    Students may suggest other training opportunities. Each requests must be submitted for approval by the Biidaaban Community Service-Learning Officer. 

    Regardless of the number of hours a student expects to contribute, interested tutors must attend the MANDATORY Biidaaban Volunteer Training Day on Saturday, September 28th, 2019, from 9am to 4pm. This training is recognised via the Record of Student Development.

    Recognition

    The Office of Indigenous Initiatives recognises the work of students in community and provides certification. Some opportunities are also recognised through the Record of Student Development.  

    Niminowaazmin (Year-end celebration)

    Niminowaazmin is an Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) word that means "we are celebrating".

    Niminowaazmin is the Office of Indigenous Initiatives' year-end celebration for Biidaaban youth programs including Biidaaban Academic Support and Biidaaban Youth Group, honouring the successes of student volunteers, youth and their families. 

    Activities include a luncheon, traditional teachings, cultural and artistic activities, a professional portrait booth, games, door prizes and giveaways. 

    When: Sunday, March 29, 2020 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

    Where: Main Cafeteria, Nipissing University, 100 College Drive

    Parking is free. 

    RSVP by March 24th, 2020. Contact Carrie Demers, Student Placement Coordinator, 705-474-3450 x4684 or carriede@nipissingu.ca.

    Partnership

    Biidaaban Youth Group is presented in partnership with the Office of Indigenous Initiative at Nipissing University, the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre, the Near North District School Board and the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board.

    "I am a first year student at Nipissing enrolled in the Bachelor of Education Program. I chose Nipissing because of the great reputation of their Education program, high satisfaction rate from students, and beautiful location. My experience working in the Biidaaban Youth Group was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. The adults involved are professionals and excellent communicators and the youth were a blast to be around. I learned that the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Center is an impressive space that offers important programming for the community. I also learned that the youth involved in this program are respectful, curious, competitive, and highly playful. The training provided eye opening insight on the scale of injustice within Indigenous communities and the advantages of incorporating Indigenous culture into the curriculum. Overall, the Biidaaban Youth Group experience was a highlight of my first year at Nipissing and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested."  

    Kyle Quinlan
    Biidaaban Youth Group - Volunteer