The Community Hall has an array of opportunities available for youth:
- Across the Ages – Fostering Intergenerational Connections for 12 – 19 years
- Book Club – Monthly youth run club for 13 – 19 years
- Internship Program – work skills training for 12 – 18 years
- Leaders in Training – Summer Camps & Day Programs for 14 – 24
- Volunteering – mentored & supported training for 10 – 24 years
- Youth Leadership For the Earth for 13 – 18 years
More information about our Youth Leadership Programs
Youth Internship Program
An internship is an agreement between a student and an organization in which the student provides services to the organization and the organization provides work experience, training and work opportunities for the student. Students often use an internship to decide if they have an interest in a particular career, create a network of contacts or gain school credit. Internships can be either paid or unpaid.
Created in 2014, the Community Hall Youth Internship Program offers youth ages 12 – 18 opportunities to build advanced workplace skills and experience. Potential interns start their experience by submitting a resume and cover letter to apply, they will then be invited to interview, then if they are selected they will receive an honararium based on skills acquired. Most interns start in the Community Café as a server, as they gain confidence and knowledge, they go on to assist with maintenance, landscaping, simple office jobs, assist with activities and events and other jobs. Some interns have gone on to coordinate large events, organize and lead recreational activities, assist with Community Hall administration and management, create advertising and marketing material, and help with larger scale maintenance jobs… if the Hall is doing something of interest to interns or volunteers, we are happy to mentor and train! We highly encourage youth to start their exploration of all the possibilities first as volunteers.
The deadline to submit resumes is generally the second week of September 18, go to the employment page for more information.
(Volunteer experience for youth ages 10 – 24)
Want to build your skills and get work experience ? Become a volunteer! There are two ways for youth to volunteer at the Community Hall: Casual and Formal.
To become a Casual Volunteer, just drop into the Community Hall on a Friday or Saturday between 10:00 – 1:00 and see if there are any tasks you can help out with; tasks will mostly be as a cafe helper.
To become a Formal Volunteer, you will fill need to fill out a volunteer application, meet with the Hall Coordinator to discuss what skills you are interested in learning and decide on specific days that you are available to volunteer.
Across the Ages – Fostering Intergenerational Connections for 12 – 19 years
Created in 2020, Across the Ages is a program to foster intergenerational connection on the Southern Gulf Islands, run collaboratively between the SGI Community Resource Centre and the Pender Community Hall. We are recruiting youth (19 and under) and senior members (55+) from across Southern Gulf Island communities to participate in a virtual buddy program.
Book Club – Monthly youth run club for 13 – 24 years
Created in 2020, The Youth Book Club is a free monthly book club for teens ages 13-19. Our goal is to create a space for book-loving teens to gather, read and discuss new books, and socialize. We have been meeting over Zoom and are completing our second book, and anyone who wishes to join is very welcome! Our next meeting will be on March 26 from 3:00 – 4:00pm, online via Zoom unless regulations change.
Leaders in Training – for 14 – 24 years
Created in 2018, Our Leaders in Training Program (LIT) is designed for participants who are ready to take on new responsibilities and challenges. Our LIT participants have the chance to hone their leadership skills, practice a variety of teaching/facilitation techniques and navigate their position as a role model for children. These skills are further enhanced through direct interaction with program participants.
LIT’s assist with and, when comfortable, lead short activities, day programs and day camps. Training supports in personal goals and growth for each LIT.
Youth Leadership For the Earth for 13 – 18 years
Created in 2020, We host in-person, at-a-distance, outdoor and environmental leadership activities for youth, including outdoor living skills, environmental awareness, and food and farming skills. We also offer virtual and remote resources through a monthly newsletter.