PrideSpeaks is recruiting new facilitators!

June 5, 2019

BECOME A PRIDESPEAKS FACILITATOR!

JUNE 05, 2019

QMUNITY is actively seeking youth aged 16-24 to become Pridespeaks Facilitators!

QMUNITY’s Pridespeaks Program is a part of our youth services. Pridespeaks provides meaningful volunteer and professional development opportunities for youth to facilitate workshops in schools, classrooms and other youth spaces (eg. after-school programs, clubs, etc.). The Pridespeaks workshops are designed to address LGBTQ2S issues, sexism, gender identity and stereotypes in the classroom and provide tools for allyship and combat discrimination and bullying in school. Pridespeaks are usually delivered in teams of two in schools across Metro Vancouver and surrounding areas, and provide students aged K – 12 non-judgmental information in an interactive setting.

Pridespeak Facilitator Responsibilities:

  • Lead Pridespeak workshops and speaking engagements in elementary, middle and high schools, community centres, shelters, and other spaces youth access.
  • Contribute to development of Pridespeak workshops.
  • Be a role model to workshop participants in using non-violent and non-discriminatory language.
  • Attend monthly Pridespeak facilitator team meetings.
  • Attend 2 trainings each year to build skills and understanding about the issues presented within workshops.

Core Competencies & Qualifications:

  • Strong understanding and commitment to intersectional, anti-oppressive peer-to-peer education
  • Strong facilitation skills, or a desire to learn!
  • Strong public speaking skills, or a desire to learn!
  • Ability to work with and support co-facilitators

Continue reading for a full job description. To apply, please complete the online application form below.

Applications close June 16th, 11:59 pm


Pridespeaks Facilitator Job Description

Direct Report: Manager, Programs and Community Engagement

Position: Volunteer facilitator, with honourarium

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Interviews will be scheduled as applications are received. Start date is August 2019, with shadow shifts throughout September.

Diversity: QMUNITY is committed to equity and prioritizes applications from underrepresented groups including trans and gender variant persons, Indigenous persons, persons of colour, and persons with disabilities.

The Organization:  QMUNITY is BC’s LGBTQ2S community hub and exists to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives. We do this in three ways: by supporting individuals, by strengthening our communities, and by leading the way towards legal and lived equality. We currently have 10 full-time staff, 2 part-time staff, and a large pool of volunteers.

QMUNITY operates on the traditional and unceded territories of Indigenous people across British Columbia.  In particular, QMUNITY offices are located on the Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

The Program: QMUNITY’s Pridespeaks Program is a part of our youth services. Pridespeaks provides meaningful volunteer and professional development opportunities for youth to facilitate workshops in schools, classrooms and other youth spaces (eg. after-school programs, clubs, etc.). The Pridespeaks workshops are designed to address LGBTQ2S issues, sexism, gender identity and stereotypes in the classroom and provide tools for allyship and combat discrimination and bullying in school. Pridespeaks are usually delivered in teams of two in schools across Metro Vancouver and surrounding areas, and provide students aged K – 12 non-judgmental information in an interactive setting.

Pridespeak Facilitator Responsibilities:

  • Lead Pridespeak workshops and speaking engagements in elementary, middle and high schools, community centres, shelters, and other spaces youth access.
  • Contribute to development of Pridespeak workshops
  • Be a role model to workshop participants in using non-violent and non-discriminatory language
  • Attend monthly Pridespeak facilitator team meetings
  • Attend 2 trainings each year to build skills and understanding about the issues presented within workshops

Core Competencies & Qualifications

  • Strong understanding and commitment to intersectional, anti-oppressive peer-to-peer education
  • Strong facilitation skills, or a desire to learn!
  • Strong public speaking skills, or a desire to learn!
  • Ability to work with and support co-facilitators.
  • Relevant experience working with children and youth.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English; other languages a strong asset.
  • Creativity and enthusiasm; reliability; willingness to learn; openness.
  • LGBTQ2S+ Competency and experience working or volunteering within the LGBTQ2S+ Community.

Technical Competencies:

  • Able to organize, multi-task, problem-solve and remain flexible within a fast-paced and changing environment.
  • Demonstrated awareness and understanding of issues facing LGBTQ2S youth.

Requirements:

  • Age 16 – 24 years old, to support peer-to-peer/youth learning.
  • Availability during school hours (8 AM – 3 PM, Monday – Friday), some weekend/evening work may be assigned.
  • Vulnerable sectors’ police check (QMUNITY will organize this for you).
  • To follow all policies and procedures of the organization.
  • Commitment to a high standard of service and an atmosphere of respect and dignity in all aspects of program delivery and coordination.

Compensation:

  • $25/workshop, an additional $25 if delivered without a co-facilitator.
  • Transit fare can be provided.

Hours of Work:

  • Dependent on booking requests; as requests are submitted, the Pridespeaks Coordinator (a part-time, paid position) will release information to pool of facilitators and confirm scheduling on a workshop-by-workshop basis, dependent on scheduling, availability, etc.

Accountability:

  • Pridespeaks Facilitators are accountable to the Manager, Programs & Community Engagement through the Pridespeaks Coordinator.

Accessibility:

  • QMUNITY’s main office space is located on the second level of the building. Facilitators will not require frequent access to our main office, and alternate arrangements can be made. As facilitators go into many schools and youth spaces, access varies by location.  Whenever possible, the Pridespeaks Coordinator will detail any accessibility details for each booking.

To apply:

  • Please complete the online application form.

Pridespeaks Facilitator Application

    AM = 8AM to 12PM, PM= 1PM to 7PM
  • It is important to us that Pridespeaks facilitators reflect the diversity of lived experiences in the LGBTQIA2S+ communities. From time to time, you may share personal stories in workshops. In your own words, and only if you're comfortable, how would you describe your sexuality, gender identity, and other social identites (POC, white, Indigenous; disabled; newcomer/refugee, etc)?
  • Bullet point form and long form are both acceptable.
  • Peer education refers to youth giving presentations to people of their own or a similar age.
  • What are some of your strengths that you'd like to bring to the facilitation team? For example, extensive knowledge of a specific topic, unique qualities, etc.
  • What is one area of facilitating LGBTQIA2S+ allyship that you wish you knew more about?
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