Extreme Team Peer Mentor

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Dates: April 1 to June 10, 2019
Deadline to respond with completed application form: March 22, 2019 by 4:00 PM

This volunteer opportunity is open to Fed members aged 14-24 from across BC.

We are looking for 5 Extreme Team Peer Mentors to help support and mentor groups of 5-7 youth at the next Youth Retreat (SCM) taking place from May 31st to June 2nd at Zajac Ranch in Mission, B.C.

As an Extreme Team Peer Mentor your role is to help other youth participants to feel safe, welcomed and engaged. To help you to do this you will need to attend planning and training calls weekly. You will provide support to groups of 5-7 young people throughout the weekend by checking in with them, creating opportunities for them to connect with you and other youth, and answering any questions they have and when needed connect them with the right staff member/adult support.

*You must be able to attend SCM #77 May 31st to June 2nd 2019
*Must have attended at least 2 Youth Retreats (SCMs) and be available to attend an upcoming training meeting
*You cannot volunteer as both a Facilitator and Peer Mentor at the same retreat

Time Commitment: Approximately 2 hours a week + retreat =  approximately 50 hours in total

This will break down to approximately:
5 hours for planning and debriefs
10 hours of training
35 hours at retreat

Key Responsibilities:

  • Attend planning/ training meetings on a conference call every week (about 2 hours each week)
  • Act as a leader and mentor for the weekend
  • Provide peer support
  • Be responsible for checking in with 5-7 youth participants that will be assigned to you
  • Help all participants feel welcomed and included
  • Bring any member concerns to FBCYICN staff
  • Set a positive example by participating in the weekend: attending workshops, activities, going to bed etc.
  • Must attend the training meeting
  • Must be able to attend the entire retreat – non negotiable

Skills/Knowledge we’re looking for:

  • Ability to approach fellow youth you do not know well in a genuine, kind and supportive way
  • Basic understanding of diversity and varying needs of youth in and from care, and a respect for those differences
  • Planning and follow through
  • Experience attending at least two youth retreats (SCM)

Training provided and required:

  • 10 hours of training

What you’ll get:

  • Volunteer hours counted towards honorarium (every 20 volunteer hours equal to $100 and can earn over $200 upon completion of role after the retreat; exact amount depends on number of volunteer hours completed)!
  • Experience as peer support
  • Provincial recognition (i.e. in our youth in care magazine called Power Pages)
  • Reference letter if requested
  • Volunteer Performance Review with lead staff

Interested? Contact Shannon and ask for an application form at:

Email: Shannon.dolton@fbcyicn.ca
Facebook: Shannon Dolton FBCYICN
Phone: 604 353 3495