YWCA Metro Vancouver Youth Education Programs

About the organization

YWCA Metro Vancouver Youth Education Programs need young men and women to be mentors, leaders and facilitators for Grade 7 students during a critical transition in their lives.

YWCA “Welcome to My Life”, “Boys 4 Real”, and "That's Just Me" 10 week youth programs work to build self-esteem and confidence in Grade 7 girls and boys, supporting them to develop essential life skills and the requisite tools to successfully transition to high school.  The program runs in locations in Surrey and Vancouver. Read more about YWCA Youth programs.

What you'll do

Youth Education Programs Facilitator

  • Mentor students in Grade 7 – provide guidance and act as a role model for youth in one of the following programs:
    • Boys 4 Real - after-school program for boys in Vancouver and Surrey
    • Welcome to My Life - after-school program for girls in Vancouver
    • That's Just Me - after-school program for girls in Surrey
  • Lead program activities and share experiences with program participants
  • Discuss key topics with youth, such as healthy decision-making, media literacy, quality friendships and community service
  • Work on a team of intergenerational volunteer mentors. Each team has two university/college student facilitators, one high school ambassador, and one mature Wisdom Champion
  • Assist with program preparation and set-up

What you’ll get out of this experience

  • Development of various transferable career skills, including teamwork, leadership, interpersonal skills, public speaking, and conflict resolution
  • Experience working with and mentoring youth
  • Experience working in a high-energy environment
  • Ongoing support from experienced YWCA Staff Team
  • Increased personal and professional networks in an international organization
  • Optional free first-aid certification (valued at $100)
  • Meet and connect with like-minded volunteers
  • Grow your personal and professional networks
  • Practice public speaking
  • Reference letter

Requirements

  • Must complete a Criminal Record Check
  • For this placement, you must also fill out the YWCA online application – under “Where did you learn about our youth education programs?”, please indicate “UBC Trek Program”. On this form, you will be asked for 3 references.
  • If your online application is accepted, you will be contacted for an in-person or phone interview.
  • You must be able to attend:
    • 2 days of facilitator training: Saturday, October 14th from 9am - 5pm and Saturday, October 21st from 9am - 5pm
    • A school orientation the week of October 3rd 
    • Nine 2.5-hour program sessions (not including preparation and debrief time) held after school each week
    • A 3-hour celebration/debrief dinner upon completion of the program

Qualifications

  • Motivated to make a difference
  • Excellent teamwork skills and a sensitive approach to youth
  • Confidence with interacting with youth
  • Willingness to deliver the program to the best of your ability
  • Experience with youth is an asset
  • Experience working with youth, confidence leading, and delivering a program to grade 7 students
  • Outgoing, eager, and responsible with interest in women's equality 

Scheduling

  • 10 week committment per term.

  • One 3-hour session per week from approximately 3:00-6:00pm, for ten weeks from mid-October to mid-December, plus prep time (1-2 hours per week). Programs run mid-October to mid-December. Spring sessions are also available.

  • Where: Select elementary and secondary schools in Vancouver, Surrey and Richmond