Volunteer and Student Placement Opportunities

Thrive currently accepts volunteers for our Street Reach, Velocity Adventure, and Education Programs. Volunteers are the backbone of the work we do, assisting an established team in delivering support and services to those who are disconnected from community supports, services, educational opportunities, etc. Thrive’s volunteers are highly skilled with a strong knowledge of youth issues combined with hands on experience.


Street Reach

Individuals interested in volunteering with Street Reach have an essential role ensuring that participants of Thrive have access to food, personal care items, outdoor clothing, support services, and SWAP supplies by working with Staff and other volunteers to operate the Monday morning Tea and Toast, Tuesday evening Mount Pearl Outreach, Thursday evening soup and sandwich, and Friday afternoon downtown walks.

Street Reach has no age restrictions and provides services to individuals of all ages, from youth to seniors. Street Reach supports individuals who are struggling with food security; many times lack safe and affordable housing; may be unemployed; live in poverty; may have low literacy skills; may have mental health issues; may be sexually exploited; and may have limited or no access to a strong social support network.

Training Requirements with Street Reach

Volunteer applicants will be required to submit a Resume along with three references. If you are chosen as a possible volunteer, you will need to attend an in person interview with two staff members. If selected after the interview, the final piece is to take part in a volunteer training over two evenings lasting about three hours each. Thrive offers volunteers the ability in professional development, takes part in volunteer recognition, and ensures that volunteers are up to date with all the information relevant to help them perform at your greatest ability.

Education Program – GED Testing

Individuals interested in volunteering during GED testing play a vital role by ensuring appropriate testing regulations while allowing Teacher’s at Thrive to continue to facilitate daily lessons. Applicants interested in volunteering with GED testing are required to:

  1. Remain in the room with students while they are taking the GED exams. Volunteers are required to commit 3-3.5 hours of their day for testing dates selected.
  2. You will be required to write a certification exam that takes about 30-45 minutes. All relevant materials are online and will be provided to the volunteers.
  3. Be 18 years of age and responsible.

Velocity Program

Individuals interested in volunteering for Velocity activities are required to assist the Velocity Coordinator with supervising and supporting young people participating in adrenaline based activities. Applicants interested in volunteering with Velocity are required:

  1. To have previous experience working with marginalized populations, specifically youth.
  2. Interest in outdoor activities/recreation.
  3. To allocate 2 hours a week for activities. They take place usually during the evening and on occasional week ends.

Volunteer Opportunities

Applicants interested in volunteering with Thrive should note that volunteer applications can be submitted around two times a year, late winter and late summer, depending on our need. A volunteer call out will be posted on our web page, news flash, and on Facebook.

Volunteer Requirements

It is important to note that we do ask our volunteers to be at least 18 years of age and to have 2-3 years’ experience working with at risk populations. This is to ensure that our participants will receive the adequate services they need and deserve.

Thrive also requires that our volunteers commit 2 days per month to volunteering for at least 1 year.

Contact Information

For further inquiries you are welcome to contact Youth Outreach Coordinator, Kristi Lavallee, by email at klavallee@thrivecyn.ca or by phone 754-0536 ext.214.


Student Placements

Thrive is pleased to offer experiential learning opportunities for students from various disciplines and schools.  A Certificate of Conduct and Vulnerable Persons Check will be required. Thrive currently accepts students looking for the following types of experiential learning opportunities:

  • Administration/Office
  • Street Outreach
  • Youth Education/Literacy
  • Recreation/Outdoor Adventure
  • Community Development
  • Public Health
  • Assessment (Education)
  • Data Management and Collection/Research
  • Mental Health and Addictions

Applicants interested in applying for a placement can fill out the online form or contact Ellie Jones, Director of Programs, at ejones@thrivecyn.ca or 754-0536 ext. 210 for further information.