Young Bears Lodge – Urban Native Youth Association

The Young Bears Lodge is a residential program run by the Urban Native Youth Association for Aboriginal youth (13-18) experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol. Youth stay in the home for four months, during which time many of them attend self-paced alternative education programs.

Teacher candidates will take on a mentoring-tutor role. Tutoring involves one-to-one or small group activities coordinated by the on-site program manager, and can include homework help with Math and English, with mentoring in life skills such as preparing for driver’s tests. UBC teacher candidates should be patient and able to maintain a sense of humour, while being sensitive to the challenges faced by those experiencing drug and alcohol addictions recovery. The tutoring schedule is flexible, and can be adapted to fit the right tutor.

Due to being Vancouver Coastal Health licensed, all volunteers need to have a valid:

  • Food safe certification
  • First Aid certificate
  • TB skin test

    Associated Costs:

    Teacher candidates will pay for the cost of travel to/from the Lodge as well as the cost of lunches and snacks while volunteering at the lodge.