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 would learn in 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 October 2020 (with possibility of taking a break over summer months).
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!
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 October 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, February 29, (10am – 4pm) and Sunday, March 1 (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)
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 ($60), 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.
- January 31st (Friday), 2020 at 12:00pm – Deadline for application
- February 12th (Wednesday), 6 – 8 pm – MANDATORY Facilitator Group Interview – A chance to make sure we’re a good fit
- February 29th (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!
- March 1st (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!
- January 27th, February 24th, March 30th, April 27th, May 25th, June 29th (Mondays), 6pm-8pm, Mandatory Monthly Meetings (attend 5 of 6 meetings). Dinner, snacks, and bus tickets provided!
- January 13th, February 10th, March 9th, April 20th, May 11th, June 8th (Mondays), 6pm-8pm, OPTIONAL Monthly Meetings (for extra team building and learning together!). 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 two stops 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 can send out videos after each meeting.
We strive to have a facilitator team that reflects the diversity of youth populations across the Lower Mainland, and we are committed to working to address barriers so that youth can be supported in joining our team and accessing our resources. We encourage applications from systemically marginalized communities, including Black, Indigenous, and youth of colour, youth of all marginalized genders and abilities, LGBTQIA/2S youth, and migrants and refugees.
To apply, fill out this form below.
Deadline to apply is Friday, January 31, 2020 at 12:00pm.