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					THE HERA SOCIETY – THERAPEUTIC PROGRAMMING FOR ADOLESCENT
                        GIRLS AT RISK



OUR VISION
All adolescent girls become strong, healthy women.



OUR MISSION
Hera offers holistic, multidisciplinary services to adolescent girls who are
experiencing challenges in their lives.



OUR VALUES
The future direction of our organization is based on a set of fundamental beliefs
that will be the motivating force behind all decisions. The guiding principles of our
organization are as follows:
• A belief in the client centered, relational, and experiential model
• A belief in the inherent value, worth and strengths of girls and their families
• A belief in strengthening families by building internal and external resources
• A belief in holistic and collaborative approaches to service delivery
• A belief in healthy and responsible life choices
• A belief in the empowering nature of education
• A belief in a child’s right to learning in a way best suited to their learning styles,
    ability and situation
• A belief that conflict is an opportunity and catalyst for change
OUR HISTORY
Hera evolved from a short-term pilot project conducted by Enviros Wilderness
School Association in January 1993. The project targeted adolescent girls who
were experiencing challenges in school, at home, and in their community. The
project was aimed at adolescent girls and their families and included group,
individual and family counseling as well as life skill training and in home support
services. Results from that project indicated a need for long term programming to
address the complex needs of adolescent girls experiencing social, academic
and emotional difficulties.

In response to this need, in 1994, under the umbrella of Enviros Wilderness
School Association, Hera was created in partnership with the Calgary Board of
Education and The Calgary Police Services. On March 31, 2001 The Hera
Society was incorporated as an independent charitable organization.

Hera is a unique and innovative organization. Services are integrated and
delivered by a multidisciplinary team of professionals. Hera’s holistic approach is
made up of therapy (individual and in-home support), education, and recreation
in order to address the complex needs of adolescent girls. Hera’s school
programming continues to be offered in partnership with The Calgary Board of
Education.

Through an integrated service delivery approach, Hera has been able to make
meaningful and positive differences in the lives of many adolescent girls. In 2004,
the Board of Directors of Hera engaged in a comprehensive planning process for
the years 2004-2007. Hera will continue to respond to the needs of adolescent
girls, while at the same time continuing to assess emerging needs in order to
plan for the future.
COMPONENTS OF OUR PROGRAM

Experiential Learning Program

This life skills and experiential component provides opportunities for girls to
participate in volunteerism, social action and experiential education. The goal of
this component is to enhance healthy connections to self and others, to
strengthen self-confidence and promote healthy risk taking.

In-Home Family Support

This in-home counselling service works with girls and their families and focuses
on teaching families effective problem solving strategies, parenting and
communication, crisis management and skills that assist in strengthening the
family.

Specialized School

Our school component offers an individualized academic program designed to
address learning gaps and transition girls back into a school program or work
placement.

Therapy

Our therapy component offers individual, group and family therapy. Therapists
are available on-site and use a creative and dynamic approach to deal with
issues as identified by each girl.

Mentoring

In our one-to-one mentoring girls are matched with a responsible adult who
commits to spending a minimum of three hours per week for one year with the
girl or woman. Mentors are also in place in our classroom and our life skills and
experiential component.
                           SCREENING PROCESS

   The potential volunteer will receive and review a volunteer information
   package, including complete job descriptions for all volunteer opportunities
   with Hera.
   The potential volunteer will complete and sign the application form and
   include a list of three references. An unsigned application form will not be
   considered.
   The potential volunteer will return the completed application to Hera’s
   Coordinator of Volunteers.
   The Coordinator of Volunteers will review the application and, if the potential
   volunteer is deemed appropriate for the program, will set up a mutually
   convenient time for an interview. The Coordinator of Volunteers will conduct
   the interview with the potential volunteer. The interview will include
   questions regarding the person’s background, experience, family and
   interests.
   Following the interview, the Coordinator of Volunteers will complete
   reference checks using the three references provided by the potential
   volunteer on the application form.
   The Coordinator of Volunteers will contact the potential volunteer and advise
   her/him of the outcome.
   If the potential volunteer is accepted into the volunteer program s/he will
   attend all training sessions, during which the Coordinator of Volunteers will
   continue the screening process through observation and interaction with the
   potential volunteer.
   The potential volunteer will have a criminal record check and child welfare
   check completed. Any concerns resulting from these checks will be
   discussed with the potential volunteer and may exclude further participation
   in the volunteer program.
   If the potential volunteer successfully completes the volunteer training s/he
   will be assigned an appropriate volunteer position and will be matched to a
   mentee (if applicable).


****If at any time during the screening process the potential volunteer is not
    deemed appropriate for our program, the Coordinator of Volunteers will
    contact the potential volunteer and provide feedback regarding the reasons
    for removal from the screening process.
                               The Hera Society
                       Volunteer Mentor Training Outline

The following is an outline of the training sessions and the general topics which
will be covered in each session. This training is mandatory for mentors but
optional for in classroom positions. Alternate training is provided for volunteers
going into the classroom who do not wish to participate in this extensive training
program.

Session 1 – evening
      Introductions
      Examining relationships
      Exploring risk factors for adolescent girls
      Communication skills
             -active listening
             -empathy
             -vocabulary
      Self Awareness

Session 2 - evening
      Skill review
      Role plays
      Examining the use of probes
      Boundaries discussion
      Setting limits skills
      How to help build self esteem with girls

Session 3 – evening
      Crisis theory
      Suicide
              – discussion
              – identification of cues
              – saying the word
              – risk assessment
      Emergency resources
      The change process

Session 4 – evening
      Adolescent development
      Abuse
      Information provided on various issues faced by girls
      Agency and volunteer role guidelines
      Discussion about activities to do with girls
      Closing exercise
      Training evaluation
                             Position Description
                        Classroom Assistant Volunteer

SUMMARY
Position: Volunteer Classroom Assistant
Purpose: To provide support to at risk adolescent girls in a classroom setting
Time Requirements: 3 hours per week from 9:00am-12:00pm. Minimum 1 year
commitment preferred but can be flexible
Location: The Hera Society offices/classroom
Supervisor: Coordinator of Volunteers


Benefits
   participate in potentially rewarding relationships
   make a difference in a girl’s life
   rewarding opportunity for skill development, community development and
   personal growth
   gain experience in a classroom environment and with academically related
   topics
   gain experience and training in communication skills
   gain information on youth related issues

Qualifications:
  20 years of age or older
  a lifestyle which is conducive to role modeling healthy choices and behaviours
  ability to assist in classroom academics
  open to working with youth who are experiencing multiple challenges in their
  lives
  demonstrated ability to be consistent, patient, and uphold commitment
  excellent listening and communication skills
  ability to work with youth on an individual basis or in small groups
  high school education (or equivalency)
  open to working with diverse lifestyles and cultures

Responsibilities:
       assist the youth, through role modeling and positive interactions, to build
       self esteem and enhance social/interpersonal skills, life skills and problem
       solving
       provide assistance to students with academic challenges, with the support
 of the classroom staff
       participate as required in classroom activities or discussions
       adhere to Hera’s policies and procedures including confidentiality
       agreement
   access support with regard to volunteer position as needed from the
   Coordinator of Volunteers and participate in the evaluation process and
   provide feedback.


One must successfully complete Hera’s screening process and volunteer
training program (including criminal record check and child welfare check)
                            Position Description
             Experiential Learning Program Assistant Volunteer

SUMMARY
Position: Volunteer Experiential Learning Program assistant
Purpose: To provide support to at risk adolescent girls in a setting where various
activities and experiences are used to reach therapeutic goals
Time Requirement: 2 hours per week from 1:00pm-3:00pm. One year
commitment preferred but can be flexible
Responsible to: Coordinator of Volunteers and the Experiential Learning
Coordinator
Location: Predominantly at The Hera Society offices, occasionally various
community settings

Benefits
   participate in potentially rewarding relationships
   make a difference in a girl’s life
   rewarding opportunity for skill development, community development and
   personal growth
   gain experience in a classroom environment and with life skills programming
   gain experience and training in communication skills
   gain information on youth related issues

Qualifications:
  20 years of age or older
  a lifestyle which is conducive to role modeling healthy choices and behaviours
  ability to assist in life skills programming in classroom setting and participate
  in community outings
  openness to working with youth who are experiencing multiple challenges in
  their lives
  ability to be creative and energetic when working with youth
  excellent listening and communication skills
  ability to travel (by vehicle or public transit)
  openness to working with diverse lifestyles and cultures

Responsibilities
     support and encourage youth in the Experiential Learning Program
     assist the youth, through role modeling and positive interactions, to build
     self esteem and enhance social/interpersonal skills, life skills and problem
     solving
     provide assistance to the Experiential Learning Coordinator as needed
     participate as required in program activities and discussions
     adhere to Hera’s policies and procedures including confidentiality
     agreement
   access support with regard to volunteer position as needed from the
   Coordinator of Volunteers and participate in evaluation process and
   provide feedback

One must successfully complete Hera’s screening process and volunteer
training program (including criminal record check and child welfare check)
                         VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

Date: __________________                Are you over age 20? ___ yes ___ no

Name: _______________________________________________________
Address & Postal Code: ____________________________
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Telephone: (home) ______________               (fax) ___________________
           (work) _______________
What is the best time/place to contact you? _____________________________
Email: _____________________________________

Which volunteer position would you like to apply for? (If more than one please
rank in order)            Mentor for Adolescent Girl                 _____
                          Classroom Assistant                        _____
                          Experiential Learning Program Assistant _____
                          Special Event Assistant                    _____

How did you hear about the volunteer program at Hera?
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What is your reason for volunteering?
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Why do you think you would make a good volunteer for The Hera Society and
what do you hope to gain from this experience?
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Have you obtained a high school (or equivalency) education? ____ yes ____ no




Work Experience – Please give a brief summary of recent employment inclusive
of dates or attach a current resume.
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Volunteer experience or community involvement – please give a brief summary
inclusive of dates _________________________________________________
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Please describe your interests, skills, hobbies ___________________________
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Describe a time in your life when a role model influenced you
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The time commitment for volunteering with Hera is 3 hours a week for one year,
how do you think you will fit this commitment into your life?
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After reading the volunteer position description is there anything that you feel will
be a concern for you to fulfill?
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** For those interested in classroom volunteering only** What are your academic
strengths and challenges? __________________________________________
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What days and times are you available for volunteering?
       ____ day      ____ evening         ____ weekends
Days of week:
Is there any additional information that you would like us to know?
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Please provide three references (at least one work related)
Name: ________________________
Contact #: _____________________
             _____________________

Name: ________________________
Contact #: _____________________
             _____________________

Name: ________________________
Contact #: _____________________
             _____________________


I __________________________, hereby authorize verification of all statements herein and
release The Hera Society and all others from liability in connection with the same, this includes
contacting the above noted references.

The information supplied by me in this application is true and complete. I understand that
incomplete applications will not be considered and that providing false information is grounds for
immediate disqualification from the application process, or termination from the volunteer
position.

This application does not constitute an obligation on my part or on the part of The Hera Society.
All information supplied to The Hera Society will be kept confidential.

Signature: _________________________                   Date: ________________