Youth volunteer program for Sea to Sky corridor unveiled for Vancouver 2010

    SQUAMISH, BC, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) is inviting young people
between the ages of 15 and 19 to volunteer for the 2010 Winter Games as part
of a new Youth Participation Program which was unveiled last night. The
program is focused mainly in the Sea to Sky corridor and invites young
residents in the area to form groups of 10, plus an adult chaperone, to
register for exciting volunteer opportunities leading up to and during the
2010 Winter Games. The announcement was made last night in Squamish, BC as
part of a Vancouver 2010 Game Plan meeting that provided local residents with
updates on planning for the Games.
    As most schools in the Sea to Sky corridor will be closed during Games
time, the Youth Participation Program will provide local students with a
once-in-a-lifetime chance to participate directly in the Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games. The program has approximately 250 youth volunteer
opportunities in the Sea to Sky corridor.
    Vancouver 2010 is looking for groups of young people who will be staying
within a 60-minute drive of Whistler. Many of the opportunities will involve
helping to stage sport events; preference will be given to sports participants
who are members of a sports club or who have competition experience. There are
also customer service roles for those who do not have sports experience. Each
team should have:
    -  10 people aged between 15 and 19 years old (born between September 2,
       1989 and September 1, 1993)
    -  One adult supervisor over the age of 19 (born before September 1,
    -  The youth volunteers and their chaperone should share the VANOC
       values: team, trust, excellence, sustainability and creativity

    "Volunteers from previous Games tell us that being an Olympic or
Paralympic volunteer is one of the most rewarding experiences they've ever
had, and we know that will also ring true here in 2010," said Donna Wilson,
VANOC executive vice president, workforce and sustainability. "We're looking
for enthusiasm, dedication and a commitment to demonstrating the very best of
Canada and what we all represent. There are many opportunities for talented
young people to contribute to the success of the Games. So please show your
heart and play your part by volunteering for the 2010 Winter Games."

    How can young people and their adult supervisor apply?

    Visit to learn about the opportunities available to
young people. Click on Work and Volunteer then choose Volunteer Opportunities
then Youth Participation to learn about youth opportunities.

    Step One - Form a Group

    Everyone interested in participating must apply in groups through their
adult supervisor.

    Step Two - Let VANOC Know

    The adult supervisor needs to send an e-mail message to and include the following information:
    -  Supervisor's full name, age and birth date
    -  The full name, age and birth date of each of the 10 youths applying
       (verbal permission from each parent or guardian is required by the
       adult supervisor before contacting VANOC)
    -  Your location during the Games (the entire group must be available to
       work in the same area)
    -  Your group name or team name
    -  The preferred sport or area of work the group would like to
       participate in, including years of experience in the sport and level
       of competition (if applicable)
    -  Any special skills or requirements the group possesses

    Step Three - Complete the Formal Application

    The adult supervisor should expect to receive a follow-up e-mail within
approximately four to six weeks. The follow-up e-mail will contain important
details on how to submit the formal application, including a special code
identifying the group as part of the Youth Participation Program.

    About VANOC

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: John French, VANOC Media
Relations, (604) 815-7318,

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