Councillor Reid McAlpine and Volunteer Markham working Behind the Scenes on Youth Engagement Funding        #VMBehindTheScenes

Councillor Reid McAlpine, member of the Volunteer Markham Campaign Cabinet, is working behind the scenes to help build sustainable funding to support Youth Volunteerism in Markham.  As an active committee member, he understands the value that youth volunteers bring to our communities at all levels.

At Volunteer Markham, youth profiles have almost tripled in our database this school year.  Youth volunteer seekers are eagerly looking for meaningful opportunities to give back to their community and earn their community engagement hours.

Volunteer Markham is partnered with high schools in the City of Markham and prior to the pandemic, had more than 2,400 students completing over 10,000 volunteer hours during their campaign period.

Change the World (CTW) Markham is the open and inclusive youth division under Volunteer Markham and comprises high school students working virtually to develop educational materials on the importance of volunteering, create a social marketing presence to motivate youth, assist their peers in securing volunteer opportunities and deliver impactful initiatives to meet community needs.  

Be sure to visit the CTW Markham page at volunteerconnect.ca and stay connected to us through our social media, newsletters and regular visits online to watch the impact youth are making!  To learn more about youth volunteering or to join this team reach email: hello@volunteerconnect.ca

We are fortunate to have Councillor McAlpine as an instrumental part of growing volunteerism in Markham.  Besides his role as a City Councillor for Unionville Ward 3, he is a Champion for Volunteers!  

Cheers to all volunteer!




Bringing a voice to youth and telling their stories; Thivya, founder of YouSpoken shares her initiative.  “If youth don’t tell their stories, who will?”

 “Happy New Year to all!  We are beyond thrilled to announce the start of recruitment for YouSpoken.  YouSpoken is a  youth-oriented group focused on sharing the stories of young people.  Focusing on the reconciliation of youth from traumatic and challenging paths, we build connections to support a network of trust and movement in publicizing the voices and stories of young people.  We are looking for young people to come on board and join the team.  YouSpoken values passion over experience when building an inclusive space for making a difference in the lives of people just like us.  Whether your interests lie in marketing, digital content creation, story-telling, videography or general volunteerism, please do not hesitate to sign up or ask questions.  Thank you and we look forward to our journey in 2022!” Thivya


YouSpoken is a space to share and learn.  “If youth don’t tell their stories, who will?”

Thivya has her own story and can share her challenges in bringing YouSpoken to life.  Given her young age, Thivya was met with setbacks and struggles to gain credibility and trust.  Through her dedication, hard work and perseverance she gained strong support from funders, agencies and most importantly youth themselves.  This journey has only begun.  Stay tuned!


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