YEGAmbassadors - Canada Summer Jobs


Position Title: #YEGAmbassadors

Duration:  July 8, 2019 – August 30, 2019

Hr/Week:  35

Wage:  $17.00

# of positions:  2

A non-profit organization seeks to hire two youth to be the Downtown #YEGAmbassadors.

These youth will be connecting with small businesses, citizens and visitors to local business, events and services. The #YEGAmbassadors will be building/strengthening relationships with current business owners, agencies, community stakeholders and providing excellent service to all persons encountered.  Our Downtown Edmonton is growing. Be a part of creating a vibrant community that will enhance everyone's experience by providing a positive environment.  

Job Duties

  • Acting as “Eye on the Street” for the designated areas
  • Connect Edmontonians and visitors to local area events and businesses throughout the summer
  • Assist in building greater connections for citizens, community groups/agencies and business to services and supports from the City of Edmonton
  • Strengthen and build relationships between business and social agencies to work proactively together towards prevention and intervention where social needs and issues have been identified in the area.
  • Collect Environmental data and information on Business Improvement Areas (Inner City, Downtown, Chinatown and possibly others)
  • Attend, support local business, social agency and community events

Outcomes for the youth will be to gain meaningful work experience while connecting with the various downtown businesses and social agencies, build relationships, gain knowledge about inclusive, welcoming and diverse communities, build confidence and self-esteem on how to network and engage with various stakeholders, and gain experience on data collection and importance of evaluation. They will also gain knowledge and experience working with vulnerable people and communities.  

This career related experience may lead the youth to pursue an education in the Community Development, Communications, Social Work, Human Services as well as Community Economic Development. 


Selected candidates will be provided with a 2-week orientation and training to understand REACH’s mandate, values and work culture.

Youth REACH Trainings includes:

  • Indigenous & Cultural Competency Awareness
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Social Issues Walk
  • Feeling Safe in the Workplace
  • First Aid and CPR

Candidates will be supervised by REACH Project Manager/Partner. Supervision and feedback will be on a daily and weekly basis in person to check in on individual students’ performance during the period of the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

The Project Manager/Partner will coach and guide each student daily until they have the confidence and skill to work independently. The student is provided with written documentation and future references if required. Students are asked to prioritize and set goals towards their work experience so that we can offer them with the opportunity to achieve their goals.

 We aim to provide the students with a meaningful, skill building and fun experience to build their capacity for future employment and career direction.  The students will learn programming planning, data collection, evaluation, communication, community engagement, capacity building, leadership, budgeting skills and event planning skills. This is to promote problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills. At the end of the project the Manager/Partner conducts a formal performance evaluation with the student. 

Health and Safety Practices in the Workplace (Mandatory)

REACH Edmonton is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all employees, volunteers and students. REACH is committed to compliance with all government agencies, regulations and industry best practices. REACH holds all staff, volunteers and students accountable for following safe work procedures and reporting unsafe acts and safety incidents. We will ensure timely follow-up to safety incidents.

As a safety council we ensure that all students feel safe to express their cultural identity, share, learn and appreciate others of diverse culture including the first peoples of Canada. 




Great opportunity for students in Human Services, Business, Marketing and Communication



Local priorities Edmonton Centre

#YEGAmbassadors are part of the revitalization occurring in the Edmonton downtown core, they will contribute to this by building capacity for residents and businesses to connect with services and supports that can assist them to build a welcoming inner city neighbourhoods and business areas. 

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Post-secondary education in social work, community engagement, education and Human Services
  • Knowledge of cultural traditions and beliefs
  • Proficiency in report writing, budget planning, time management, defining goals and objectives, and priority setting
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work with all cultural groups of all ages; including LGBTQ+ persons
  • Able to work independently and self-motivated
  • Understanding of community safety and crime prevention practice
  • Able to work flexible hours and weekends
  • Ability to coordinate events and programs for youth
  • First Aid and CPR would be an asset or willing to obtain certificate
  • Criminal record check required


To apply for this position, send a resume and cover letter to Madeleine Smith at before May 20 at 4:00 p.m.