YWCA Youth Advisory Committee Member

Are you a youth ready to make a difference in the communities of Metro Vancouver? If you’re a social changemaker, or aspire to become one, we are looking for you!

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a guiding body of 8-12 youth aged 15-21 who are knowledgeable about media, its uses by youth, and its associated impacts and opportunities. The committee’s goal is to unite young people who are passionate about creating change on issues relating to:
• Social Media and Digital Literacy
• Sexualization of girls and hyper-masculinization of boys
• Gender Equality
• Intersectionality
• Popular Culture
Committee Members will be encouraged to voice their opinions and perspectives of these issues and how they affect their own communities, and act as youth ambassadors of the YWCA in their communities.
The YAC will also provide input to YWCA staff in the creation of themes for the annual YWCA Youth Conference and workshops for youth and a select group of adults who are interested in media literacy, digital citizenship, and understanding how to mitigate the impacts of hypersexualization and hypermasculinity on youth.

Time commitment
• Minimum 8-month commitment from February 2017 – August 2017 is required, with possibility of extension
• Between 4-5 hours per month to attend meetings and community events, or work on special projects

Responsibilities
• Play an active role in YWCA events, workshops and conferences with YWCA staff and other youth in content development and delivery, including the opportunity to facilitate workshops, and identify themes relevant to target audience
• Provide insight into how youth use and perceive media and popular culture, including potential negative impacts, positive opportunities, and advice for adults to engage with youth on media literacy
• Take part in youth-related events on the community which relate to issues listed above
• Contribute collaboratively as a team member to identify emerging issues for youth in the community

Desired skills and experience*:
• Current high school or university/college student aged 15-21
• Knowledge of various forms of media and digital citizenship
• Knowledge or interest in the effects of hypersexualization and hypermasculinity on youth
• Ability to collaborate with a team of intergenerational staff
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Experience or interest in program facilitation an asset

*The YAC is an opportunity for youth to foster their leadership potential. No previous professional experience is required.

Benefits
• Help YWCA Metro Vancouver make a difference in the lives of youth in the community by providing a youth perspective
• Gain experience in workshop development, facilitation, and working with a diverse and intergenerational staff
• Become a leader in your own community with the support of YWCA staff partner organizations
• Develop professional skills in the non-profit sector
• Volunteer hours and letters of reference

How to Apply

In 250 words or less, tell us about a youth-related social issue you care about and what experience you would like to get out of the YAC.

Email your answer and resume by January 20th, 2017 to:
Peggy Chen
Youth Engagement Coordinator
604 895 5822
pchen@ywcavan.org

First Nations/Aboriginal individuals, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people of all genders and abilities, and members of underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

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