Pridespeaks Facilitator Job Description

Estimated start date (and hours if applicable): Training in October. Hours are dependent on booking, but typically fall between 8:30-4:30, Monday-Friday, September-June. All shifts are offered depending on facilitator availability, on a workshop-by-workshop basis.

Although traditionally Pridespeaks take place in person, safety of our facilitators is our top priority, so our training and workshops will be virtual/distanced. Because of this, for the first time, we are able to invite youth from all over BC to apply to be a facilitator.

Deadline to apply: Open until all spots are filled

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. 

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.

The Program: QMUNITY’s Pridespeaks Program is a part of our education 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 LGBTQ2SAI+ 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. 

Due to COVID-19, workshops will be taking place virtually until it is safe to return to in-person bookings.

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.

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.

  • Written and spoken fluency in English; other languages a strong asset.

  • Creativity and enthusiasm; reliability; willingness to learn; openness.

  • LGBTQ2SAI+ Competency and experience working or volunteering within the LGBTQ2SAI+ community.

  • Able to organize, multi-task, problem-solve and remain flexible within a fast-paced and changing environment.

Relevant experience working with children and youth is an asset. 

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.

  • 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.

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 LGBTQ2SAI+ community. Preference will be given to people of all marginalized genders, Indigenous people, people of colour, and people with disabilities.

Benefits and Compensation:

  • $30/workshop, an additional $30 if delivered without a co-facilitator.

  • Experience working in an established local non-profit.

  • Inclusion in QMUNITY volunteer team events and professional development.

Accountability:

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

How to apply: 

Please complete the PrideSpeaks Facilitator application form here.

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