The people of St. Alban’s: Meet Marta!

Meet Marta, a Raise the Grade mentor volunteer! Marta has been a mentor for the Raise the Grade program for almost two years. She started out as an amazing placement student working with our youth in programs such as Raise the Grade, Youth Compass, Sole Sisters and is overall a great spirit in our community!

When did you join Raise the Grade and what made you choose to be a volunteer mentor?
I joined officially in January 2018 and had the pleasure of doing my placement at St. Alban’s prior and got to see how the program worked. I like the idea that it is a one-on-one mentorship experience with the youth. You are able to witness their growth and accomplishments throughout the year and it is a nice feeling know that you were able to mentor them during it all.

What is your favourite thing about the Raise the Grade program?
Being able to see the growth of the youth by the end of the school year and how happy they are with their accomplishments!

How do you like to relax especially when dealing with stress?
Throwing on a pair of running shoes, putting on a great 90’s playlist and taking a run around the city!

Sweet or Savoury? Favourite Snack?
100% Savoury! Chips are my weakness!

Dream travel destination?
Definitely Thailand. I love having the opportunity to experience different cultures and the country looks beautiful. I also LOVE Thai cuisine.

If you could give one piece of advice to your past self, what would it be?
Never give up on what makes you happy. With hard work and determination, you can achieve anything…even if it takes a couple of tries and failures to get there!

What is it like to volunteer at St. Alban’s?

GraemeBy Graeme Lovatt
Youth Services Coordinator

During my time at St. Alban’s I have been very fortunate to have lots of quality volunteers helping out in our programs, fundraising and mentoring. I was really excited when we first launched our Youth Volunteer Program (YVP), because I knew it could provide young people with practical experience in the workplace and it also gives youth the chance to see what it’s like at St. Alban’s from a different perspective – one of authority and responsibility. Continue reading

More Than 40 Hours: Encouraging Youth to be Engaged with their Communities


by Laurie Taniguchi
Communication and Volunteer Coordinator

High school students need 40 hours of community volunteer work in order to graduate.  As a volunteer manager in a youth serving agency, I think this requirement is a very positive addition to the high school curriculum.   It gets kids out there, into their community, experiencing new things and building real world job experience. Continue reading

The Benefits of Volunteering for Youth

Laurie Taniguchi

By Laurie Taniguchi
Communication and Volunteer Manager

When youth apply to volunteer with us at St. Alban’s, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find out how many of them have already completed the 40 community hours required for high school graduation.  More and more young people are realizing that getting into the post secondary program of their choice and acquiring a part time job is not always easy. Continue reading