Dream Fund Selection Committee

Have you ever filled out an application and wondered what happens next and how decisions get made?  Are you interested in being a part of a team that makes decisions on which amazing young people to award $$$ to for them to pursue some of their personal and educational dreams? If so, you should be a part of the Dream Fund Selection Committee! We are looking for 2 youth members, and 1 alumni to join the committee. No previous experience is necessary!   

As a committee, you will be responsible for recommending successful applicants for our Dream Fund Bursaries (Education Achievement Bursary and Reach for Success Bursary), both of which provide financial support ($$$) to young people interested in career training and/or education opportunities. 

Important: Dream Fund applicants are asked to answer short essay questions, in these responses youth often reflect on the challenges they have overcome and the barriers they have faced. Reading these responses can be emotional and it can be triggering. It is important to know that these essays must be read and evaluated as part of the process . 

Deadline to Apply: September 30, 2020

Start Date: October 6 (you will recieve the application packages to review via email)

End Date: October 14, 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Dream Fund Selection Committee Meeting (via Zoom)

Time Commitment: Approximately 6-8 hours. 3 hour committee meeting and 3-5 hours of evaluating applications 

This volunteer opportunity is open to: Youth in and from care (14-24) and Fed Alumni (25+)

Location: Province-wide if you can accept applications by email and join by Zoom video or phone call for Selection Meeting


Key Responsibilities

  • Read and review 5 to 10 applications for each of our bursaries (there’s 2 bursaries)! 
  • Evaluate applications based on a set criteria (For example, things like: is this young person in or from care between 14-24 years old? Is there a reference letter included in the application?)
  • Attend a MANDATORY meeting on October 14 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM to select applicants  
  • Work with other committee members to select successful applicants 
  • Keep strict confidentiality (keeping all information top secret!) during and after process  


Your Skills and Knowledge

  • You enjoy reading! 
  • Evaluating fairly and without bias or judgment 
  • Able to deal with conflict (for example, respectfully working through any disagreements that might come up) 
  • Able to keep strict confidentiality (not sharing any information with anyone not on the committee!) 


Training Provided and Required

  • FBCYICN orientation to the role 
  • Going over the application criteria (checklist of what to look for while reading applications) 


What You’ll Get

  • Youth volunteer hours counted towards honorarium (Every 20 hours means a $100 from us!)
  • An opportunity to help guide the work of the Fed and make important decisions that affects young people in and from care
  • Receive an acknowledgement in Power Pages magazine
  • Reference letter if requested  


Interested? Contact Shannon Dolton, Program Coordinator by September 30 at 4 PM!

Email: shannon.dolton@fbcyicn.ca
Phone/Text: 604-353-3495