Do you believe in education as a vehicle for change? So do we! Join our team of Youth Peer Facilitators and deliver our interactive and engaging peer-led popular education workshops on key issues facing our society and planet. Topics include:
- migrant justice and anti-racism,
- social determinants of health,
- economic justice – poverty and income inequality,
- food sovereignty, and more!
This is a FREE Program! A Leadership Skill-Building Opportunity!
What do you wish you’d learned in high school? This is a chance to facilitate those conversations, and plant those seeds in the hearts and minds of other youth! Together we’ll be laughing, connecting, and disrupting systems of oppression!
Youth Peer Facilitators:
- In collaboration with a Co-Facilitator, prepare for and facilitate scheduled workshops.
- Participate in trainings and monthly meetings, including team-building, and curriculum development.
- Participate in on-going program assessment and evaluation efforts.
- Commit to participation until June 2020.
Youth Peer Facilitators are not meant to be experts in the workshop topics!!! This is an opportunity for you to receive training in how to hold space for these difficult conversations, but you are not expected to have all the answers! We value the lived experience of all the participants in the room – you will be facilitating activities to draw on that lived experience, and you will receive the training and support you need to hold space and embody youth leadership!
What you get:
- Facilitation 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.
- Ongoing support and mentorship – facilitators work within a team of like-minded peers, set learning objectives, apply feedback from workshop participants, and receive ongoing mentorship from experienced staff.
- Unique experience delivering CYH workshops in school and community settings that educate, activate and empower youth to build a better world.
- Honorarium for each workshop facilitated ($25), in addition to bus tickets for travel.
- Other change-making opportunities like writing blog posts, organizing events, supporting community actions, and others.
- Networking with other organizations, social justice groups and campaigns.
- Certificate of completion upon the end of the committed term.
- 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
- Have experience and/or a desire to work with youth aged 13-22
- Have a passion for social, economic, and environmental justice and peer-led education
- Enjoy working in a team
- Have excellent organizational and time-management skills, and accountability
- Have strong public presentation skills
- Have availability during school hours (9am-3pm, Mon-Fri) for at least 8 hours/month spread over a couple of days (actual hours will vary from month to month) / Commitment to facilitating 1-2 workshops each month until the end of June 2020. – We’re happy to have a conversation about this and accommodate your schedule!
- Are able to attend a MANDATORY two days of training on Saturday, October 26, (10am – 4pm) and Sunday, October 27 (10am – 4pm) *see more information below
- Will regularly attend monthly evening meetings on the last Monday of the month *see more information below
- Are willing to complete a criminal record check
- Are able to travel within Lower Mainland (transit tickets will be provided)
Questions? Send Emily an email at emily(at)checkyourhead.org or give us a call at 604-704-1051!
- September 30th (Monday), 2019 at 11:59 PM – Deadline for application
- October 9th (Wednesday), 6 – 8 pm – Mandatory Facilitator Group Interview – A chance to make sure we’re a good fit
- October 26th (Saturday), 10am – 4pm – Training Day 1 – Anti-Oppression and Facilitation Basics – This training covers popular education techniques, anti-oppression in classroom settings, holding safe space, collaborating with co-facilitators, and more. This session is mandatory if you don’t have prior facilitation training covering similar topics. Lunch, snacks, and bus tickets provided!
- October 27th (Sunday), 10am – 4pm – Training Day 2 – MANDATORY – Check Your Head Approach and Workshop Training – This training covers Check Your Head’s guiding principles and how we facilitate our workshops. This session is mandatory for all facilitators. Lunch, snacks, and bus tickets provided!
- October 28th, November 25th, December 16th, January 27th, February 24th, March 30th, April 27th, May 25th, June 29th (Mondays), 6pm-8pm, Monthly Meetings (attend 7 of 9 meetings). Dinner, snacks, and bus tickets provided!
All events take place at the Broadway Youth Resource Centre [2455 Fraser Street, Vancouver, stolen homelands of xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples]. We are one stop away from Commercial-Broadway station on the 99-B-line. See this page for more accessibility information about our space.
If you can’t make our monthly meetings in person, you will have the option to attend via video conference (on the Zoom platform). We also send out videos after each meeting.
We are committed to having a team of Peer Facilitators 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 this form below.
Deadline to apply is Monday, September 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM.