Youth Volunteer Program


The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit Youth Volunteer Program provides individuals between the ages of 13 and 18 with the opportunity to give back to the community in a meaningful way. Youth volunteers come together to discuss health issues important to their age while planning a health promotion campaign or project.

Youth volunteers are given active roles in helping improve the health of their community in a supportive and inclusive environment. The Youth Volunteer Program provides youth with the opportunity to work with local organizations and build on their existing skills to create positive change in the community.

Registration for the Health Unit Youth Volunteer Program at our North Bay location has closed for the 2018-2019 program year.

We are still accepting participants at our Parry Sound location. For details on applying to our Parry Sound program please contact Katharine O’Connell directly at 705-474-1400 ext. 5322 or via email at

Learn More about Our Youth Volunteer Program!


Where and when do we meet?


Our program meets at the Health Unit building at 345 Oak Street West, North Bay. Meetings are once a week from 3:30 to 5:30 pm from the beginning of October until the beginning of June. There are times that we may meet longer or more often such as during orientation training or as a project/event gets closer. 

If you can't get a ride our program can provide you with transportation vouchers so you can get to and from our weekly meetings. 

Why should I volunteer?

There are many benefits to volunteering with our program. These include:

  • obtaining volunteer hours
  • socializing and meeting new people
  • increasing knowledge and learning new skills
  • developing health programs and campaigns
  • giving back to the community
  • contributing to improving health for youth my age
  • participating in workshops and earning certificates
  • job shadowing Health Unit staff
  • experiencing youth appreciation events

What types of health topics can I work on while volunteering?

Youth volunteers get to choose the public health topic they work on at the Health Unit! Youth get to select a topic that they feel is most important to their age group. These topics include: 

  • Communicable Diseases:Communicable diseases looks at diseases that can be transferred from person-to-person by air, blood, touch and sexual intercourse. This includes diseases such as the flu, Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis C.
  • Environmental Health: Environmental health helps ensure that our environment is healthy and safe for us to live in. It focuses on keeping water and air clean, ensures that restaurants and businesses follow health regulations, and enforces tobacco laws and regulations.
  • Injury Prevention: Injury prevention focuses on promoting safety in areas such as cycling and sports (i.e. concussion safety). It also looks at ways to keep safe in the sun and water.
  • Mental Health Promotion: Mental well-being is an important part of your health. Mental health promotion focuses on identifying stressors in people’s lives and helping them develop the skills to overcome difficult situations.
  • Nutrition and Healthy Eating: Our Health Unit dietitians increase the public’s knowledge of healthy eating and help individuals develop their food preparation and cooking skills. They also look at topics such as food insecurity (i.e. not having enough food) and school nutrition (e.g. cafeteria choices, breakfast programs).
  • Oral Health: Oral health works hard to help people have healthy teeth, gums and tongues. Providing services such as dental check-ups and teaching individuals about proper brushing and flossing are important to helping people have good oral health.  
  • Physical Activity and Active Living: Individuals who work in this topic area run programs and activities that promote physical activity (e.g. recess games). They also work towards making the physical environment supportive of active transportation (e.g. bicycle paths).
  • Sexual Health: The Sexual Health clinic offers services such as free condoms, pregnancy testing and STI testing, and low cost birth control. Individuals who work in the clinic also run educational and promotional events to educate individuals about their sexual health and reproductive organs.

  • Tobacco and Substance Misuse: This work involves reducing harm from the problematic use of substances like alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and prescription drugs. Tobacco work includes programs to help people quit smoking, smoke-free policy development to protect people from second-hand smoke in public places, and working with youth to prevent the uptake of smoking and to advocate against the tobacco industry.
  • Vaccine Preventable Diseases: Vaccine preventable diseases aims to protect people against diseases by providing them with their routine vaccines (e.g. measles). They also provide information and talk with patients about vaccines so they can make educated decisions on whether to receive a vaccine. 

What types of projects can I work on? 

Youth volunteers get to choose and guide the project they wish to work on. These could include (but is not limited to):

  • education workshop development and delivery
  • event planning
  • youth-led conferences
  • creating healthy physical and social environments
  • communication and awareness campaigns (e.g. social media)
  • advocacy and policy work

Take a look at some of the past projects that our youth volunteers have worked on!

What other types of activities can I participate in during my placement?

Youth volunteers participate in a wide variety of activities throughout the year. These include:

  • games and socializing activities
  • job roles and leadership opportunities
  • professional learning workshops
  • youth appreciation events (i.e. dinner, escape room, bowling)
  • job shadowing Health Unit staff

What are the goals of the youth volunteer program?

Our program has three main goals:

  • To educate and raise awareness about public health among school-aged individuals
  • To promote positive health practices in the community
  • To increase youth knowledge of public health and build individual skills

Get Connected


What if I have questions about the youth volunteer program? Who can I contact?

We are here to answer any questions you may have. For more information please contact:

Katharine O’Connell, Community Health Promoter

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit

Tel: 705-474-1400 ext. 5322


View the Youth Volunteer 2018 Calendar for upcoming important dates.

Click here to see what's new with the youth volunteers!


Photo Gallery: Youth Volunteer gallery will appear here on the public site.

North Bay

345 Oak Street West

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)