My mentor helped me gain confidence. She taught me that I shouldn’t let others’ opinions take control over me. She helped me with my community projects and gave me insightful feedback. She also educated me on different world issues that I didn’t know about. – Alumni of Imagine NB Program
As we share in our 2017-2020 Imagine NB Impact Report, volunteers are crucial and necessary both to the success of this program and to the leadership growth of the delegates.
As we begin a new cohort and we look for a fresh group of young leaders, we are also on the lookout for community members who desire to be a part of a youth’s leadership journey, who have the availability and the capacity to dedicate their time and expertise, and who are passionate about working with youth, for youth.
We are currently recruiting for the roles below. All positions and roles are voluntary, but the expenses involved in your participation are covered by NBMC.
If you wish to be a part of our Imagine NB family, please consider applying for one or both!
The value of mentorship for Imagine NB
New Brunswick is a province where “who” you know matters. Whom you are connected to, is a stepping-stone to landing a future employment, career development or community leadership opportunity.
If we are lucky and have great mentors around us, we begin to understand this importance and to nurture and enrich every community interaction at an early age to build our social and professional networks.
However, what happens when you arrive to a new country, new city, new community and know very few people? A lack of community connections and an absence of mentors youth can look up to and relate to, becomes a barrier that may affect youth’s career acceleration, youth’s leadership development, and how well youth integrate and excel right here, in New Brunswick.
Mentors have the power to change this. Mentors assist in the development of young leaders and while doing so, they become more self-aware of their leadership style and give back to themselves, their community and their profession.
Imagine NB aims to create bridges and linkages between New Brunswickers and New, New Brunswicker youth to foster meaningful intercultural dialogues, connections and in many cases, friendships.
What is the time commitment/engagement of Imagine NB’s mentorship?
How are Imagine NB delegates and community mentors matched?
What is the role of a community mentor in Imagine NB?
Why get involved as a community mentor in Imagine NB?
Interested in becoming a community mentor for Imagine NB? Apply today!
Whether you shape the next great entrepreneur or help them accomplish a personal goal, you will make a difference.
Being a mentor is a rewarding and insightful experience and we would love to get you involved!
If selected to be a mentor, you will need to submit a criminal record check. More details will be provided via email.
Imagine NB’s chaperones are the magic helpers that enable the dream to happen. They are key to the program and they play three main roles and responsibilities:
Imagine NB is a provincial program. Between the Bay of Fundy with the highest tides in the world, the co-existence of diverse cultures and history (i.e. Indigenous, Acadian, Irish, etc) and all the covered bridges and lighthouses in between, New Brunswick has too much to offer. We want our youth to know it.
To make it so, Imagine NB delegates are given the unique opportunity to travel all corners of New Brunswick’s geography to get up close and personal with a local reality and access leadership development.
We need youth chaperones who can drive a group of youth from their local community to the location of a leadership accelerator retreat and back to their community once the retreat is over.
Usually, leadership accelerator retreats happen during the weekend (Friday to Sunday) and youth chaperones are required to stay with us for the entirety of the retreat.
NBMC covers all costs related to travel (i.e. car rental, accommodations, meals, etc).
Please note that due to the global COVID19 pandemic and Public Health regulations, the Imagine NB will be moving towards a blended programming including both in-person and virtual retreats. More information will be shared soon!
2. General support to program manager
As the familiar saying goes, it truly does “take a village” to execute all the components of what makes Imagine NB leadership retreats feel like an enchanted moment in the lives of everyone involved.
Youth chaperones support in a diverse range of tasks. Some examples include, stepping up to address a particular youth’s needs, organization of workshop materials and facilitation, or being the spokesperson for the program manager when they need to step out to take care of pressing matters that arise.
Youth chaperones will be provided training in the areas of youth allyship and cultural competency in addition to other important aspects of working with youth for youth.
Youth chaperones are required to be present at the retreats at all times and respond to Imagine NB’s program manager.
3. Companions of youth
Imagine NB is an intensive program demanding much from the Youth delegates and Adults involved.
But it is also an extraordinary adventure in humanity and a journey of companionship for the youth involved.
Being a youth chaperone is not an engagement for a single day or a single weekend. We are looking for youth chaperones who are interested in a long and lasting engagement.
What is the benefit of being a youth chaperone?
Youth delegates describe the program as a magical interlude and an important rite of passage into adulthood.
The adults involved discover unique life stories, multi-faceted cultures (beyond clichés and beneath surface appearances) and charming young people. Lasting relationships are built.
What can you contribute as a youth chaperone?
Without those of you who made up our framework of adult support, this all would have been in vain. Imagine NB would never have been born. You committed to sharing your knowledge, experience and networks with our youth.
Are you convinced yet? Apply today!
To be a youth chaperone you must be at least 21 years old and reside in New Brunswick.