You've landed on this page, which likely means that you're interested in getting involved with NextGen. We're so excited about that! NextGen has three different volunteer roles:
Co-Chairs: These volunteers lead our working groups. Co-Chair recruitment typically happens annually and will be announced on the website, social media and through our newsletter.
Working Group Volunteers: These are the planners on our working groups that help make our projects and events happen! This is a more involved commitment with monthly working group meetings and organizing/attending events. The working groups only require a certain number of volunteers, so while they may be full at the time of your inquiry, we still want to know you are interested and can keep you posted of upcoming events/opportunities or ways to get involved.
General Event Volunteers: This is for the volunteer who is only available every now and then and is ready to jump to help when they are free! Our general event list is always open and accepting volunteers. These are the volunteers that we email any time we need an extra hand or some more support for a larger event, like the pride parade!
The good thing about getting involved at any one of the positions, is that you can easily move into other working groups or into co-chair positions as they become available. To let us know you are interested and your top choice for involvement, please complete this volunteer interest survey. Once it has been submitted we will follow up with you as soon as we can! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jasmine or Rye. They're our Volunteer Engagement co-chairs and would love to hear from you.
No matter how you decide to get involved, we look forward to seeing you at an upcoming NextGen community event!
Learn about our co-working groups:
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.