Fields: gender, youth, health, education, social change
Location: Toronto, Ontario
About the Organization: Next Gen Men creates spaces to engage, educate, and empower men and boys around gender.
Our values include:
- Curiosity – to learn and unlearn
- Empathy – to build bridges
- Courage – to not be complicit
- Equity – to remove barriers
- Are a dynamic team that don’t subscribe to 9-5 office work outside of program hours and use tools like Google Apps, Slack (internal communications), and Basecamp (project management) to get things done with geographically dispersed colleagues.
- Have run our youth program for a 3.5 years and are still learning every day – you get to be a part of that! We need someone willing to look at it with a critical eye and give us constructive feedback on how we can improve our programming.
- Are very much a “start-up” grassroots organization, which means we all wear a lot of hats and have to roll up our sleeves to get the necessary work done – above and beyond the job description sometimes.
About the Position: This role coordinates and facilitates our youth program, where we provide a fun, safe space for adolescent boys aged 12-18 to explore ways they can take care of their health and support their peers, challenge gender roles and stereotypes, and make a positive impact on their communities. A session of NGM’s youth program might look something like this…
- Arrive at a school somewhere in the York Region before the end of the school day
- Welcome the group to the gym or classroom with high fives and smiles and lead a “check-in” circle, giving each participant space to talk about how their week has been going
- Facilitate an engaging activity that involves all participants and encourages learning, sharing, and critical reflection on a topic such as “gender roles and stereotypes”, “mental health and stress,” or “respectful relationships” based on NGM’s curriculum
- Collect qualitative feedback (e.g. pictures, videos, flipcharts) and keep current notes on each participant and session
- Distribute snacks (watch out for personal preferences and no hoarding the ketchup chips for yourself!) while making sure each participant offers positive affirmation to another
- Supervise games and recreational activities in the gym, classroom, or outside and hang around until all the participants are safely off
- Reflect on the learnings of the day on your commute home
When not facilitating the youth program, you might be…
- Communicating with parents/guardians of participants about our program and their child’s participation
- Coordinating with school administration regarding scheduling of sessions as well as field-trips etc.
- Organizing and facilitating one-off workshops and presentations across the GTA
- Participating in ongoing learning and professional development
Special Requirements/Qualifications: Our ideal candidate…
- Have a University/College education or equivalent experience in youth education, health promotion, gender studies, social work, international development, teaching, or other related fields
- Are interested in understanding how gender and masculinity affect the health and development of adolescents and youth
- Must be able to reliably get to and from various schools across the York Region and GTA – likely requiring a car and a driver’s license to do so
- Have strong written and verbal communication skills so that you can connect with adolescents and youth in program and share your learnings with the team
- Are a self-starter comfortable checking in with the team online frequently
- Have up-to-date First Aid + CPR (or be willing to get ASAP) and a Vulnerable Sector Check
- Can stand and sit and move about at regular intervals, infrequently lifting objects up to 20 lbs
- Have experience facilitating group education sessions with adolescents and youth, including boys and young men
- Be familiar and comfortable with the GTA’s diversity in terms of ethnocultural, immigrant/newcomer, and socioeconomic backgrounds
- Have a desire to learn about the field of masculinities and gender – we have lots of resources!
- Become an ambassador and represent the organization and program as required within the community including agency partners, donors, volunteers, schools, clients and family members
Estimated Salary: $18.50 – 22.50 CAD hourly
Deadline: August 24, 2018
Next Gen Men