National charity needs volunteers to support bullied youth via text messaging

BullyingCanada is seeking volunteers across the country to help offer their services to the many bullied youth throughout Canada.

The charity receives, on average, more than a thousand requests a day and in order to reach kids where they are—on their smartphones without actually being on the phone—BullyingCanada has launched an innovative SMS-based platform to make them feel more comfortable.

To keep up with demand, BullyingCanada is seeking a new class of volunteers. These SMS Buddies should be dedicated adults with a passion for helping solve complex issues. Successful applicants will be given comprehensive training and ongoing support to best serve youth.

Becoming an SMS Buddy is an exciting opportunity for those looking to give back or develop experience in a counseling-type environment. If you’re interested in helping but prefer the spoken, rather than written, word—the charity is also seeking Virtual Buddies to help those who call in.

Applicants should have a computer with reliable high-speed internet access to participate in the training sessions, access necessary resources, and to communicate with the texting-youth through their communications platform.

Interested adults may apply by going to BullyingCanada.ca/SMS. Candidates will be required to undergo a federal, criminal background check and be willing to commit to volunteering at least two two-hour shifts per month.

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