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Youth Engagement Facilitator - The CREW & Food Skills Facilitator

Job Title: Youth Engagement Facilitator

*Primary focus on the CREW & Food Skills for Youth

Reports to:Youth Programs Coordinator

Role:  Facilitate, plan and implement all aspects of Quadra Village Community Centre’s Youth Programs (Drop In, Food Skills for Youth, the CREW, youth events and initiatives) in conjunction with the Youth Programs Coordinator.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead facilitation of all aspects of the following Launch Pad Programs: Drop In, Food Skills for Youth, the CREW, youth events and initiatives.
  • Approach project work utilizing community development, asset building, youth engagement and other best practice strategies.
  • Facilitate life and social skills development (eg: pro social behavior, communication and life skills), individual action plans, employability enhancement and self-esteem development for youth.
  • Assist youth with life issues and provide support referrals and system navigation as necessary. 
  • Identify and support young persons who are having serious social problems and work with them on useful skills through mentoring, teachable moments and activities
  • Assist in collaboration with community, service providers, businesses, service clubs, community groups and community events to provide and sustain meaningful opportunities for youth
  • Ensure maintenance and tabulation of attendance and statistics regarding youth drop-in, the CREW, Food Skills for Youth, special event and other Youth programs.
  • Write all quarterly reports required for your program
  • Assist in the day to day operations of the Quadra Village Community Centre.
  • Respond to general inquiries regarding Quadra Village Community Centre, and to share in the work of maintaining a responsive and inclusive community centre. 
  • Be familiar with and implement Quadra Village Community Centre (Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee’s) policies, procedures and practices.  As well as the Youth Programs Handbook and the Youth Programs Training Manual.
  • Perform other related duties when required and approved by the Youth Programs Coordinator or Executive Director.
  • Engage as needed in the Youth Program Quality Initiative and attend learning community meetings and trainings as directed by the Youth Programs Coordinator
  • Ensure the Youth Centre and other program spaces are suitable, clean and safe for the operation of youth programs.
  • Be familiar with and implement the work plan connected to your program
  • Foster a connection to key family members, youth supports and other assets that can help with a youth’s life success.
  • Ensure that ideas and plans are youth driven and empower youth and create opportunities for youth to lead and reflect each session

Launch Pad Program Descriptions

Drop In

  • Encourage, lead, facilitate and supervise the meaningful participation of youth in at drop-in and ensure that the program environment is interactive, respectful, fair and welcoming.
  • Plan and implement structured activities during drop in hours
  • Be familiar with opening and closing procedures
  • Plan, promote, publicize and evaluate drop-in

The CREW

  • Lead, design and facilitate all aspects of the CREW in conjunction with the youth in the program and the Youth Programs Coordinator
  • Coordinate learning opportunities to enhance the youth’s likelihood of obtaining employment
  • Prepare and implement workshops on topics chosen by the youth such as budgeting, taxes, workers’ rights and hands on experience in event planning, group work, landscaping, retail, cooking, working the Food Kart and other opportunities the youth would like to learn about
  • Take part in the Youth Service Provider Network
  • Collaborate with Work BC and GT Hiring Solutions on their annual Job Fair for Youth
  • Promote and recruit through the Evergreen Terrace, the YSPN, MCFD and local YFC’s in the schools

Food Skills for Youth Program

  • Lead, design and facilitate all aspects of the 15-week Food Skills for Youth Program conjunction with the youth in the program and the Youth Programs Coordinator
  • Coordinate learning opportunities to enhance the youth’s likelihood of obtaining employment in the food industry such as customer service, food prep and cooking skills
  • Prepare large meals for youth in our drop-in program and family night with the youth in the program
  • Prepare youth for working with the Food Kart
  • Take part in the Youth and Food Security Community of Practice
  • Promote and recruit through the Evergreen Terrace, the YSPN, MCFD and local YFC’s in the schools

The “Food Kart”

  • In conjunction with the Youth Programs Coordinator run a food cart business with the youth
  • Ensure that ideas and plans are youth driven, empower youth, and give them work experience in the food cart business and in fundraising.
  • Coordinate the food cart for community BBQ’s, special events, youth driven initiative’s, local festivals & markets and weekly hot spots
  • Ensure all youth are following food safe rules, the menu safety plan, the food safety plan and the sanitization plan.
  • Ensure food cart is in working order and all health and safety requirements are being met
  • Order food and supplies as needed
  • Transport food cart and youth to events and locations.  Class 4 license required
  • Promote, recruit and network on an ongoing basis
  • Coordinate projects where the youth take initiative, making a difference in the community and/or raise money.

Qualifications: 

  • Post-secondary degree in Child and Youth Care or a relevant discipline (e.g. Social Work, Community Development, or comparable degree).  Minimum two years’ experience in group facilitation, community development work, outreach work, system navigation and experience working with high risk youth and families. **Preference to candidates with two or more years’ experience working with high risk youth in a community centre setting, food industry experince, with knowledge/awareness of First Nations populations, diverse cultures, and YPQI training
  • Criminal Record Check is required.
  • Standard First Aid
  • Food Safe
  • Class 4 license

Hours of Work:                

9 hours per week.  Many of the hours required for this position consist of late afternoons, evenings and weekends.  There is also the ability to collaborate about the ultimate work schedule chosen and provide flexibility. Except for drop-in hours which are Thursdays and Fridays 5-8pm

Term:  

 The term of this position is Sept 2018-March 2019.  All program terms dependent on funding.  Hours per week will be determined by project funding levels.  Position and hours may change due to funding.

Salary and Benefits:       

$20/hr for the CREW & Food Skills for Youth

$17/hr for Casual Drop-in Worker

Please send cover letter and resume to Tara Skobel at tara@quadravillagecc.com with Subject Line: Youth Engagement Facilitator 

Closing Date: August 10, 2018 at 4pm

Only Short Listed Candidates will be Contacted

We also have another posting for a Gilrs Group facilitator (https://www.quadravillagecc.com/youth-engagement-facilitator-girls-group

if you are interested in all three programs please indicate this in your cover letter