You've landed on this page, which likely means that you're interested in getting involved with NextGen. We're so excited about that!
We recruit for volunteers throughout the year when we have vacancies on one of our Working Groups. Until then, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Jasmine. They're our Volunteer Engagement co-chairs and would love to hear from you.
There are a few ways that you can get involved with us depending on how involved you want to be. We have a group of general volunteers that help us out when they can—usually for day-of event stuff or other fun things like dancing with us in the Pride Parade. If planning is more your thing, we also have three subcommittees:
The focus of this group is to facilitate the communications needs of the NextGen Committee and Working Groups by providing overarching communications direction and support. In addition to implementing the overall communications plan, this group provides one-time and ongoing project support through website maintenance, blog posts and managing multi-social media platforms. This Working Group is also responsible for collaborating with the City of Edmonton Communications Department and their resources for media relations, including Public Service Announcements and media sponsorship and selection.
This group is focused on fostering, incubating, and expanding both new and existing events and making them self-sustaining, flagship NextGen events. This is achieved by refining NextGen’s capacity to incubate local, community-drive projects such as MEÆT and (DIY)alogue through the ongoing development of incumbent event skills and resources. In the long term Ignite wants to work towards developing internationally-recognized social/civic event models that can export to other communities and municipalities.
Pecha Kucha Night (PKN)
This group plans and executes the Pecha Kucha Night events in Edmonton. NextGen was the first in Western Canada to join the global network of cities hosting Pecha Kucha Nights—now at over 550 cities. This group is responsible for managing and hosting a minimum of three Pecha Kucha Night events annually. NextGen hosts these events to provide a conduit for Edmontonians to express their passions to a captive audience, while the audience learns about the impressive array of people found in their great city. As such, NextGen is a hub for this transfer of ideas while providing a unique evening out for Edmontonians.
This working group helps celebrate our volunteers and their efforts throughout all of NextGen by organizing both volunteer appreciation events and professional development events. The team also manages volunteer recruitment for working groups and general event volunteers.