GAB Youth Drop-in Volunteer Role Description

Youth Program: GAB Drop In Volunteer

Start: July/2021 

QMUNITY is BC’s Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit Resource Centre which exists to improve queer, trans and Two-Spirit lives. QMUNITY operates on the occupied, ancestral and unceded territories of Indigenous people across British Columbia. In particular, QMUNITY offices are located on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Accessibility: Please note QMUNITY’s main office space is located on the second level of the building. Applicants should be aware that there is a flight of 23 stairs to reach the office, without access to elevator, lift or ramp.

Our GAB youth drop-ins are a community-oriented space where youth aged 14-25 can hang out and seek support. Drop-in volunteers help facilitate and support a safer space for youth to meet similar people and to just be themselves, and are coordinated and supervised by QMUNITY’s Specialist in Youth Programming. Upon reopening, our drop-ins will occur on Wednesday afternoons and Friday evenings,  following a hybrid model with some drop-ins online and some in-person according to the needs of the youth accessing the spaces.

Responsibilities:

  • Playing games/facilitating activities with youth. 
  • Engaging with new/shy youth who might have difficulties joining activities and conversations. 
  • Supporting youth by providing relevant referrals and active listening. 
  • Meeting with QMUNITY staff for 30-minutes before and after scheduled drop-in times.

Qualifications:

This is an unpaid volunteering position; volunteers must:

  • Lived queer, trans, and/or Two Spirit experience is a requirement for this role.
  • Applicants must be 21 years of age or over, and have not accessed QMUNITY’s Drop In as a youth in the past 2 years.
  • Strong knowledge of anti-oppressive frameworks.
  • A strong understanding of the impacts of colonisation on First Nations people, and the importance of centering Black and Indigenous voices 
  • Passionate about creating safer spaces for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth.
  • Experience working with marginalized communities.
  • Strong understanding of the experiences of trans and gender variant youth, along with the ability to support and advocate for trans youth.
  • Familiarity with pronouns (including, and especially, gender neutral pronouns) is a must.
  • Approachable/flexible.
  • Background in mental health/counselling support work is an asset.

QMUNITY volunteers are put in a position of trust and responsibility with our community members, clients and youth. We conduct Vulnerable Sector Checks for all our volunteers, in accordance with Public Safety Canada’s best practices. 

Peers are able to uplift each other in unique ways – we strongly prefer our volunteers to identify as part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Preference will be given to people of all marginalized genders, Indigenous people, people of colour, and people with disabilities.

Benefits:

  • Experience working in an established local non-profit.
  • Inclusion in QMUNITY volunteer team events and professional development.
  • Potential for letters of recommendation and references.
  • An opportunity to give back to and support youth. 
  • Experience and training in the provision of peer and social support to members of queer, trans, and Two Spirit communities.
  • Ongoing professional development and training opportunities.
  • Potential for letters of recommendation and references.
  • Eligibility for Volunteer of the Month and Volunteer of the Year awards.

Accountability:

Evaluation and support will be provided on an ongoing basis through regular check-ins with the Volunteer Coordinator or another supervising staff member.

How to apply: Please complete this form to apply.

Share this: