CSI Inclusive DECA Program
This is a collaboration between Dream Weavers and The Centre for Social Innovation.
The Inclusive DECA Program is a volunteer opportunity for young adults with disabilities.
The goal is to promote diversity in the CSI community, and provide meaningful volunteer placements to individuals with disabilities.
What does it look like?
- Volunteers are paired with a "mentor" (someone with experience as a DECA) for all shifts
- Dream Weavers staff (Amanda or Mira) provide some support to complete the application, interview, access accommodations, etc. as needed*
- Volunteer for one shift/week (8 hours is a typical shift, but accommodations can be made)
- Shifts are Monday to Friday
*Support from Dream Weavers is limited. It iis often greater at the start of the position, and slowly fades to less over time. If you would like additional support, 1:1 Services can be arranged.
What the heck is a DECA?
DECA stands for "Desk Exchange Community Animator"
The DECA role can include many tasks and is fairly flexible. But, it usually includes:
- Booking rooms on the computer system
- Answering the telephone
- Greeting members of CSI and the public and answering their questions
- Keeping meeting rooms, bathrooms, work spaces clean and organized
- MUCH more!
- Tasks can be customized based on your needs and skill set.
It is an "exchange" because DECAs receive access to the CSI space and access to the community in exchange for the time they volunteer (e.g. a certain number of hours in the private meeting rooms & access to the member email list and networking events.)
How do I apply?
Contact Dream Weavers to obtain an application and additional information.
What is CSI?
CSI is a shared workspace where Dream Weavers runs most of its programs.
There are three locations in Toronto - Annex, Spadina, and Regent Park
Members of CSI must be engaged in work that is socially innovative in some way.