Black Achievers Group Mentor

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Posted Date: July 29, 2022

Time CommitmentMinimum commitment from September to June for at least 2 hours a week. Must attend mandatory online mentorship training.
Minimum Age21
Location(s)This is a virtual role.

Program Description

Black Achievers is a cluster mentoring initiative that will provide Black youth with the opportunity to develop professionally (academically and career-wise), socially and mentally with the support of Black adult professionals/role models. The program will also provide Black youth with opportunities for leadership and community involvement. The program will run from September to June (school year) and youth will meet weekly.

Major Duties

  • Reviewing material handouts and lesson plan prior to Black Achievers group sessions.
  • Attending weekly sessions with program staff and participants. Engaging participants during activities and leading breakout sessions.
  • Sharing success stories and strategies based on personal and professional experience.
  • Supporting the development of increased self-esteem, sense of belonging and sense of cultural identity and pride.
  • Maintaining regular communication with Program Coordinator to ensure coordinated support is provided to participants.
  • Building a healthy relationship with youth and identifying strengths, capabilities and challenges faced by program participants. Reporting any concerns to Program Coordinator.
  • Attending special events such as graduation and National Volunteer Week celebrations.
  • Utilizing BAP app to communicate with Program Coordinator and track hours.
  • Using a youth-centred, anti-oppression approach when interacting with participants.

Qualifications

  • Must be 21 years of age or older. 
  • Successful applicants to this role will need to provide a Vulnerable Sector Screening from their local police service before their first day of placement/volunteering, and every three years on the anniversary of their first day of volunteering should they wish to continue.
  • Successful applicants to this role will need to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid medical or other Human Rights Code-related exemption.
  • Knowledge and experience of the Canadian workforce in relation to job expectations and employability skills.
  • Professionals who have current Canadian work experience in professions requiring post-secondary education for example, healthcare, communications, human resources, skilled trades, IT, engineering, education, social services etc.
  • Experience working with low-income Black Youth (ages 14-19) from diverse backgrounds an asset
  • An understanding of the barriers and challenges faced by Black Youth in culturally diverse, low-income communities.

Benefits

  • Training in Anti-black racism, equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Positively impact Black youth and give them hope for their futures through personal, social and leadership development, and cultural pride.
  • Provide Black youth with opportunities that will facilitate their full participation in professional, academic and community life.
  • Support educational achievement of Black youth and encourage post-secondary education.
  • Promote change within the system of employment by facilitating access to resources, connections and education and by encouraging Black youth to pursue fulfilling professional careers.
  • Learn about diversity at the YMCA and meet new people from all walks of life.
  • Be a part of the YMCA team and promote the YMCA Mission, Vision and Values.

How to apply

Complete the online volunteer application. You will need to provide the position title and location information of this position during step 3 of the application.

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