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St. John Ambulance's Youth Program is a structured health-oriented programs that provides young people with opportunities for social, educational and personal development through training, local community volunteering service, leisure activities and participation at special events. Activities include First Aid, Health Care training, community service, camping and recreational events. Read more below for our program benefits and structures.
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SJA YOUTH (Ages 12-17):
St. John Ambulance York Region’s SJA Youth Program is one of the largest youth groups in Canada with over 200 youth and 4 Youth Units operating in our region.
A structured health oriented program that provides youth with opportunities for social, educational and personal development through training, local community volunteering service, leisure activities and participation at special events.
Youth gain confidence by learning first aid skills and how to manage themselves and others during an emergency. Social and personal development is encouraged through community service, camping and other fun recreational activities under the guidance of qualified adult members.
SJA Youth includes our national youth health, safety and leadership development program called SJA Connect which is designed to help youth engage with their community while building employability skills. SJA Youth Program participants have the opportunity to achieve up to three levels of leadership certificates.
YOUTH LEADERS WANTED (18+):
Administers, trains and helps to supervise St. John ambulance youth Program participants.
St. John Ambulance provides a safe, well-managed service to the community and to those who participate.
• Having Fun!
• Making New Friends
• Social & Camping Events
• Community Service Hours
• First Aid Training & Certificates
• Leadership Training & Experience
• Achievement Awards Program
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York Region currently has TWO Youth Units operating in Richmond Hill, ONE in Newmarket and ONE in Markham. See our Unit Meeting Locations MAP.
Meeting are held on WEEKDAY NIGHTS from 6:30pm to 9:00pm depending on the youth unit and location.
HISTORY & OBJECTIVES
St. John is a major international charity which provides first aid, health care and support services in over 40 countries around the world. Together they make up the Order of St. John which is accredited to the United Nations. Established in 1884, it is one of Canada's largest and oldest not-for-profit charitable organizations, providing volunteer opportunities and community service programs in addition to providing First Aid and health & safety courses for the public. Our Youth Program started in Canada in 1933.
Our volunteer opportunities for youth 12-17 years cater to students who wish to be an active St. John member, working towards exceeding their minimum 40 high school community service
Our YOUTH members also benefit through formal First Aid training and certificate courses, but offered as part of our program. This ensures that all our youth members are First Aid Certified and able to provide First Aid support to family and in our community.
Along with learning First Aid, our program promotes volunteering in the community, learning leadership skills and completing proficiencies (badges) in a wide variety of skills and interests.
The Youth Proficiency Program is an integral part of the total St. John Ambulance Youth Program. It encourages Cadets, ages 12-21 to deepen and broaden their interests, talents and skills in many areas. Certificates and the Grand Prior’s Badge, give recognition to St. John Ambulance youth who have committed time and effort to meet the required standards.
The Grand Prior’s Award is highly regarded, issued by the Queen of England and presented in some provinces by the Lieutenant-Governor. It is an award that holds acclaimed recognition and can be put on their résumés for future employment opportunities. It is the only Cadet merit award badge which may be worn on the St. John Ambulance uniform as long as the individual is a member of St. John Ambulance.
Our program follows the school year curricular calendar where some units take a break from weekly meetings during the summer and major holidays.
There are opportunities to participate in summer break volunteering duties as our Medical First Responders and Youth Officers continue to provide public community support throughout the
The FIRST STEP is to complete the CONTACT US FORM, come out to a few meetings and see if this is a program that your child / youth would enjoy.
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SJA Connect National Program is a health, safety and leadership development program offered by St. John Ambulance Canada. This leadership program prepares youth to assist others in their communities during emergencies and disasters, and engage them through volunteerism in community projects, thereby enabling them to develop self-esteem and a great sense of community.
In York Region, the SJA Connect program is offered through our SJA Youth Program. Participants who join our Youth Program and who are 14+ years or older will also be enrolled into the National SJA Connect Program to benefit from its Certificate Programs.
It also provides youth the opportunities to connect with their community and build skills employers are looking for. Participants can practice essential life and communication skills in a flexible, youth-directed learning environment.
SJA CONNECT - Leadership Certificate: Level I
Participants will begin the program working towards achieving the Level 1 Leadership Certificate. The core topics includes St. John Ambulance in Canada, Why Volunteer, Team Dynamics, Conflict Resolution, and Citizenship (Completion time, estimated at a total of 10 hours).
SJA CONNECT - Leadership Certificate: Level II
After successfully completing the Level I Leadership Certificate, the participants will work towards completing an additional five core topics to achieve the Level II Leadership Certificate. These five topics consist of St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid/CPR-C, Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Balanced Lifestyles and Volunteerism Level 1 (30 Hours).
SJA CONNECT - Leadership Certificate: Level III
Ultimately, participants can earn their Level III Leadership Certificate by completing an additional ten elective topics of their choice from the following modules: St. John Ambulance, Health and Safety, Volunteerism and Community, Leadership and Community, and Life Skills.
"Grand Prior's Badge Award"
You’ll work towards achieving a proficiency and certificate in each subject at the Youth Unit meetings. Units usually meet once a week, and it takes around six weeks to earn your first proficiency.
The Youth Proficiency Program is an integral part of the total St. John Ambulance youth program. It encourages Youth to deepen and broaden their interests, talents and skills in many areas. Certificates, badges, and the Grand Prior’s Badge, give recognition to St. John youth who have committed time and effort to meet the required standards.
Every youth member must be given the opportunity to work towards the highest of all the Cadet awards - The Grand Prior’s Badge. This award is highly regarded and is presented, in some provinces, by the Lieutenant-Governor. It is the only Youth merit award badge which may be worn on the St. John Ambulance uniform as long as the individual is a member of the Brigade.
More information on the The Proficiency Subjects will be posted here soon!
YOUTH SERVICE AWARDS - Community Service
The Special Service Shield is awarded by the Provincial Commissioner to Youth who have completed a minimum of 200 voluntary hours of service to their community. On completion of each additional 200 hours of service, an appropriate Service Shield will be awarded. While these shields may be worn on the member's uniform until their 19th birthday, these Shields will not be awarded to Youth subsequent to their 16th birthday. St. John Juniors are not eligible for the Special Service Shield. Only the highest Service Shield earned is to be left on a Youth uniform.
Placement of the Award on a Uniform
It should be noted that a youth member is entitled to wear their highest earned Youth Service Award Badge on their uniform until their 19th birthday after which it is to be removed from their uniform. Their highest Youth Service Award Badge should be sewn on their uniform just above the location of an optional name tag which is just above the right hand pocket of their uniform shirt. Some youth members may choose to place this Award on a work dress sweater if they have been issued one to wear.