The YWCA Metro Vancouver offers two mentorship programs to high school students.
The Indigenous Mentorship program (Circle of Sisters) brings together Indigenous *women in circle for peer mentorship, and to mentor Indigenous *youth in Indigenous-centered groups, delivered in partnership with local high schools and Indigenous educators. The programs aim at fostering, facilitating, and supporting cultural healing and celebration, re-Indigenization, decolonial education, leadership nurturance, and community building and connection.
The High School Mentorship program offers one-to-one mentorship between female professionals and grade 11 and 12 *youth to help explore career options and develop post-secondary plans.
*Both programs welcome self-identifying trans and cis women and girls, non-binary people, and members of the Two-Spirit community.
In this role, the Indigenous Mentorship Coordinator, in partnership with the Indigenous Mentorship program Lead Facilitator, will be responsible for relationship building and coordinating with Indigenous school workers to promote, set-up and deliver the program at local public schools. This will include the organization of both mentee and volunteer mentor intake, training, relationship building, program development, and evaluation. The Coordinator will also support and be mentored by the Lead Facilitator in co-facilitating a variety of group mentorship sessions. As part of the mentorship department, the Indigenous Mentorship coordinator may also be required to assist the High School Mentorship program as needed. While the Coordinator will be supported by the Mentorship Manager, this individual will be required to be highly organized, self-driven and able to work both independently, as well as within a team.
At times, in collaboration and/or with the support of the Indigenous Lead Facilitator, this role will provide cultural knowledge sharing and anti-colonial education for our majority of non-Indigenous team-members who are committed to learning and growing a reciprocal team culture and equitable work environment, but who may also be new to some Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing.
- Support the Mentorship Manager and the Lead Facilitator to implement the Indigenous Mentorship program to achieve program objectives and goals.
- Support, work with, and receive mentorship and training from the Lead Facilitator to coordinate and deliver the program
- Work closely with the Lead Facilitator to cultivate relationships with Indigenous community and school partners
- Coordinate program promotion and delivery with Indigenous school workers and the Lead Facilitator
- Coordinate with the Lead Facilitator, the YWCA mentorship team, and external parties to deliver monthly mentors talking circles to build community, provide space for cultural celebration and healing, and to develop leadership skills for mentors and mentees in the program.
- Support coordination of mentee and volunteer mentor recruitment and intake
- Facilitate meaningful discussion and foster Indigenous-centered space in group sessions alongside the Lead Facilitator and the YWCA team
- Carry out duties including database management, collect program statistics, respond to program inquiries, and process applications, compile monthly reports.
- Some work on evenings and weekends for mentorship sessions, as required.
- Provide assistance with coordination of High School Mentorship program, as needed.
- Self-identified as Indigenous with demonstrated experience serving or in relationship/connection with Indigenous communities.
- Understands, values, and is committed to providing Indigenous-led, Indigenous-centered, Indigenous-specific spaces
- Experience, training, and/or education in Indigenous leadership, mentorship and/or education in Social Sciences, or a related discipline
- Demonstrated experience in facilitation, and/or in delivering community programs for youth, especially Indigenous youth. Prior experience with mentorship and/or volunteer coordination are also an asset.
- Reliable, responsible, and team-oriented with demonstrated capacity for flexibility, organization, timeliness, and effective prioritization
- Committed to, or open to learning about and practicing equitable disability and accessibility , decolonial and anti-oppressive practices, gender inclusion, and racialized identity development and education.
- Experience with, or openness to transformational learning pedagogy and re-Indigenizing educational practices.
- Knowledge of volunteer management or experience in youth programs an asset
- Administrative, data entry experience
- Flexibility to work some evenings (average 2 evenings a month) and occasional weekends for program events and workshops.
- Proficiency in Office 365 and Microsoft Office
- A valid clear criminal record check is required
- Successful applicants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19; exemption requests must be supported by valid, legal documents.
ABOUT THE YWCA
This year, YWCA Metro Vancouver marks 125 years of serving our community. We recognize that Canada was founded through colonialist and racist policies, and the YWCA was established and operated during this time. We also recognize that these legacies exist in our present time and are committed to actively decolonizing our policies, programs and practices. Our vision: We boldly envision a just and equitable world for women, families and allies. Our mission: We advance gender equity alongside women, families, Two-Spirit and gender diverse people through advocacy and integrated services that help support personal, collective and economic wellbeing.
This is an exciting time for the YWCA. Join us and be part of a passionate, dedicated and impactful team!
Edith Lee, Program Manager
YWCA Metro Vancouver
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