Humane Education – Extracurricular Programs

The Humane Education Program is an excellent way to connect with youth in our community and teach them about empathy, compassion and responsible pet ownership by focusing on the human-animal bond. In 2023, 4000 youth participated in the Humane Education Program – building skills in social and emotional development.

Based on the Humane Education Volunteer’s skill set and area(s) of interest, they support this important GTHS program at the Animal Centre and / or in the community.

Reporting to the Humane Education Coordinator, Humane Education Volunteers – Extracurricular Programs are responsible for engaging youth enrolled in GTHS after-school and / or summer programs and / or virtual field trips.
Time Commitment
Based on areas of interest:
  • Youth Club on Mondays from 4.30-7.45pm (session 1: 4.30-6pm, session 2: 6.15-7.45pm) – Ages 12-18
  • Pawsitivity Club on Tuesdays from 4.30-6.00pm – Ages 7-10
  • Vets of Tomorrow I, II and Pet Sitters, on a 5 week rotating schedule, on Wednesdays from 4.30-6.30pm – Ages 11-16
  • Parents’ Night Out on ad hoc Fridays from 5-7.30 pm – Ages 7-12
Roles and Responsibilities
May include:
  • Assisting with running the program at the direction of the Humane Education Coordinator
  • Helping to create a fun, encouraging learning environment
  • Live videoing and explanation of Animal Centre activities (tour, Q&A)
  • Engaging, supervising and working with children to direct their activities
  • Ensuring animals are being handled compassionately
  • Answering questions that arise
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Access to transportation
  • Vulnerable persons police check
  • Teaching experience of any kind is an asset
  • Comfortable working within a team and independently
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to engage with students and at-risk youth in a professional and informed manner
  • Follow GTHS Confidentiality Policy and maintain strict confidentiality about students’ and at-risk youths’ background and/or personal information
  • Willingness to learn about animal welfare, animal cruelty laws and Ministry of Education curriculum links
  • Ability to promote compassion and empathy for all living things
  • Committed to the vision, mission and values of the GTHS
  • HE Volunteers must be trained by a Dog Care Coordinator or designate to handle GTHS dogs during any and all programming

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