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Volunteer Opportunities

The Criminology program at York does not currently offer a placement or co-op program. However, many of our students pursue volunteer opportunities with a variety of non-profit organizations.

Each year, the Criminology Society at York organizes a volunteer fair during which students have the opportunity to speak with representatives from a range of social service agencies based in the Greater Toronto Area (including many of those listed above). The fair is normally held in October.

Volunteer Testimonials


The Peer Project - Youth Assisting Youth

Youth Assisting Youth is dedicated to investing in the leaders of tomorrow and transforming the lives of at-risk and newcomer youth through the power of mentorship.

East Metro Youth Services (Strides)

Strides Toronto provides a wide range of programs and services to people from the pre-natal stage to age 29 and their families. Their work helps strengthen individuals' social and emotional well-being, move forward through adversity and develop their abilities and skills to reach their full potential.

Elizabeth Fry Toronto

Elizabeth Fry Toronto delivers gender-based, trauma-informed services and advocates for justice and equity for women and non-binary people who are criminalized and their families.

Big Brothers & Big Sisters

In 2017 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto empowered over 2500 children and youth in Toronto.

Central Toronto Youth Services

Central Toronto Youth Services is a community-based, accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre serving many of Toronto’s most vulnerable youth.

When I was offered a position as a volunteer probation officer, I knew I could be a catalyst for positive change. In this role, I provided resources to help my clients successfully complete their probation terms. I try to be as welcoming as possible to assure them they can always rely on me. I learned that kindness and support are sometimes all it takes to restore someone's standing and for them to remain on the right side of the law.

— Samantha Riley, Class of 2020

Pathways to Education

Pathways provides youth from low-income communities with the resources they need to graduate from high school and break the cycle of poverty.

JVS Toronto

JVS Toronto plays a vital role in Toronto and York Region ensuring that job seekers reach their potential at work, employers build the workforce they need to be successful and students perform at their best.

StepStones for Youth

StepStones for Youth was founded in 2004 in response to the critical need for preventative intervention programs for vulnerable young people.