Interested in learning about and taking action on economic justice issues? If you are 15-25 years old and live in Metro Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories, we invite you to join our second Youth Building a New Economy cohort.
- Connect with like-minded peers and local organizations and get practical experience
- Learn about and explore economic justice issues
- Develop solutions that reflect their values, and get access and tools to advocate for them
- Can facilitate workshops on poverty and income inequality
- Participate in on-going program assessment and evaluation efforts
Commitment: March 2019 – June 2019 with potential to extend to August. We meet every 2 weeks on Thursdays, with the exception of March 2 and the last meeting.
Dig deep in learning more about:
- How societal values are translated into economic measurements
- The root causes of income inequality on a local and global scale
- Diverse youth perspectives and priorities in poverty reduction
- Potential solutions to poverty and systems level change
- Decolonizing wealth
- The future of work
These are the types of initiatives you can get involved with:
- Bringing youth perspectives, needs, and priorities to poverty reduction policy recommendations and implementation
- Making poverty reduction youth friendly
- Centering of lived experience stories
- Advocating for youth aging out of care
- Enhancing youth governance in communities
- Getting involved in local economic development initiatives
Develop your skills in:
- Project development
- Community advocacy
- Policy analysis
- Volunteer coordination
Opportunity to gain project-based experience with us and our partners:
What you get:
1. Training. Gain marketable skills that can be applied to a variety of professions, such as teaching, non-profit work, youth work, and others. Learn deeper critical analysis of issues and grow your facilitation and community organizing skills.
2. Ongoing support and mentorship. Cohort members will work within a team of like-minded peers, set learning objectives, apply feedback, and receive ongoing mentorship from experienced staff.
3. Unique experience being involved in important advocacy work with local organizations.
4. Honorarium and bus tickets for travel.
5. Other change-making opportunities like writing blog posts, organizing events, supporting community actions, and others. Network with other organizations, social justice groups and campaigns.
6. Certificate of completion.
7. Reference letters for the work you’ve done with us, upon request. We are looking for youth who:
- Are from diverse backgrounds and experiences and are between 15 and 25 years old
- Want to build working relationships with local organizations
- Want to connect with other like-minded youth to work on issues of poverty and income inequality
- Have excellent organizational and time-management skills, and accountability
- Will regularly attend evening meetings every three weeks
- Are able to travel within Lower Mainland (transit tickets will be provided)
- February 18, 2019, Monday – Deadline for application
- March 2, 2019, Saturday, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Introductory session (mandatory). Location: Artscape Sun Wah, 268 Keefer Street, Unit #421. Lunch provided.
- March 16, Saturday – “Speed Dating” – Meet our partner organizations. Details TBD.
- April/May meeting dates and field trips to be announced.
- June 5, 2019, Wednesday, evening (tentatively) – Wrap-up and youth projects showcase
All events will be held at Broadway Youth Resource Centre (2455 Fraser Street, Vancouver).
Questions? Send Adrienne an email at adrienne[at]checkyourhead.org or give us a call at 604.709.5644!
We are committed to having a cohort that reflects the diversity of the youth population in the Lower Mainland. We encourage applications from people of colour, Indigenous individuals, newcomers and immigrants, members of the LGBTQ2+community, people of all genders and abilities, and members of other underrepresented communities.
To apply, fill out the form below.
Application Deadline is Monday, February 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM.