What types of volunteers are you recruiting for?

With a “build-your-own-adventure” volunteer model, there are so many possibilities for volunteer roles. If you can contribute in any way to more women and gender diverse individuals talking with students all across Newfoundland and Labrador – you are the type of volunteer we want.

That might mean you are a STEM professional willing to talk to students. Or maybe you’re a post secondary student willing to film science activities to increase interest in STEM fields. Maybe you’re a teacher looking to coordinate an outreach event at your school? A student still in high school interested in being a junior leader?

Businesses and organizations also play a huge role as they will often allow for “employer supported volunteer hours” where their employees are encouraged to volunteer during work hours. Even better if those employees are given permission to do worksite tours!

Volunteers can engage in-person and/or limitlessly through our virtual programs.

 

Is there a minimum time commitment?

It takes a community to create lasting change. If you want to film one 10 minute video and that’s the only thing you ever contribute – awesome! We really appreciate every moment our volunteers collectively give. That short video is one more piece of content that we did not have before that will help showcase the wide variety of STEM careers to students. Contribute what you can, when you can.

 

Do you require vulnerable sector checks from volunteers?

In-person volunteers who will be working one-on-one with students will need to submit a certificate of conduct (COC) and vulnerable sector check (VSC). Please connect with the STEMforGIRLS program coordinator in advance to receive a signed letter requesting fees be waived. Through the process, the RNC/RCMP provides letters direct to WRDC-ERC as a charitable organization with the results of your COC and VSC. If you require a COC/VSC for any other purpose outside of volunteering with STEMforGIRLS this is not a substitute.

Other volunteers may be required to submit CSC and CSC at request depending on roles played.

 

Can I suggest my own volunteer opportunity?

Absolutely! We would love to hear your ideas to empower more girls and gender diverse youth. If you think that there’s something we could be doing – and you can help us to achieve this – we’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to suggest possible volunteering opportunities that you or your organization could help actualize.

 

How do I become a volunteer?

If you are a woman or gender diverse professional working or studying STEM – complete your role model questionnaire today to get started.

If you’re an educator in the K-12 system within Newfoundland and Labrador – consider starting a chapter or having an outreach event at your school.

If you’re a student in junior high or high school, become a member and request information about our Junior Leadership program.

And if none of those categories fit…. Reach out! Email us at stemforgirls@wrdc.ca and we can setup a meeting to see what ways we can fit our experience and skills into our STEM community.

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