Website HeART Mental Wellness Art Programming for Youth
Youth Program Facilitator
Wage & Hours: $50 per hour; 4-8 hours per week
About HeART Mental Wellness Art Programming for Youth:
HeART programs embody resilience-based strategies, with a particular focus on mindfulness, to help youth learn how to better cope with life’s stresses. HeART was founded in 2019 by Kayla Bernard to provide a decolonial, strengths-based environment for youth to experience purposeful and intentional leisure activities. HeART programs shift based on the availability of our staff team and the needs of young people; they often include: art workshops, outdoor learning opportunities, camps, school-based art experiences, and community leisure experiences. We have three part-time members of our core team — Tomas, Kayla, and Adam — and are hosted by an organization called the Society of Queer Momentum.
- You will join us for 4-8 hours per week to plan and co-facilitate weekly workshops that invite youth to explore new art mediums, learn mindfulness skills, and experience the outdoors.
- You will help us to facilitate weekly art and mindfulness workshops on Wednesday evenings and/or an outdoor-based program on Saturday afternoons.
- In the future we will consider reintroducing programs that we have offered in the past (camps, school programming, etc.) and developing new programs.
- You will help us to grow our team so that we offer HeART programming to more communities.
- You will have opportunities to develop your own mindfulness, creative, and land-based practices. You can also expect to find yourself learning from a unique intergenerational environment that centres the wisdom of children and youth.
- You will have opportunities to suspend your disbelief about what work “has to be” and join a team that will support you to be well.
- Our work environment is informed by our experiences working with trauma, land, personal development, art and leisure, wellness methodologies, and generative resistance.
- You will be able to experiment with the actions associated with the work of decolonization.
What You’ll Be Doing:
- Co-facilitating art and mindfulness programming
- Preparing and purchasing art materials, snacks, and supplies
- Coaching and mentoring youth
- Researching and learning art and mindfulness activities
- Attending team meetings
- Participating in the development of HeART programming
- Answering emails and team communications
- Submitting receipts and tracking expenses
- Supporting the writing and reporting on funder reports/applications as needed and as interest intersects.
Our Commitments to You:
- We will encourage you to speak for what you need to be well
- We will reimburse travel expenses
- We will provide you with a $75/month contribution to life expenses
- We will work with you to find professional development opportunities
- We will help you to grow your role and your hours if you are interested
- We will provide a supportive approach to personal leave (wellness, bereavement, emergencies, family, community, health, etc.)
- We will welcome your ways of being and knowing
Any number of experiences may prepare you to be a Youth Program Facilitator with HeART. These could include self-study, life experience, high school, university, college, professional or certificate programs, and/or experiences learning with the land, elders, community members, and/or family members.
If you have had some of the life experiences below, we hope that you will apply for this role:
- Facilitating trauma-informed youth programs
- Facilitating art, outdoor, creative, and/or learning programs
- Supporting, mentoring, and/or learning-from younger people
- Hosting or preparing for gatherings, events, and/or workshops
- Having wellness practices of your own
- Having practices of your own that include the land, creativity, listening, and learning
- Bringing together communities to have meaningful conversations
- Advocating with justice-deserving communities
Here are some of the things that you’ll want to be ready to do and experience when you work with HeART programs:
- Adapting to the changing needs of young people and remaining open to how that shifts programming structures
- Noticing and expressing your emotions and needs, including managing personal triggers/activations
- Expressing when something isn’t working for you
- Reflecting on power relations
- Developing and maintaining appropriate confidentiality and boundaries
- Learning how to work within a decolonizing, flexible work environment
- Accepting that we have no dedicated physical space for administrative tasks
- Gaining access to a computer and cell phone
- Working in-person with young people during times of increased viral transmission
- Learning how to work with youth with diverse identities and lived experiences
- Supporting youth who are exploring gender identity and sexuality
- Submit a list of experiences (this can be a resumé or something less formal) and an answer to the question: “Why is now the right time for me to be a Youth Program Facilitator at HeART?” to email@example.com. We will review applications as they are submitted and will close applications on November 7th at 11:59pm AT.
- We will reply to your email to let you know that it has been received.
- Your application will be read and assessed by members of the HeART team, within 10 days of it being submitted.
- A short-list of applicants will be contacted for a brief phone call.
- Following phone calls, selected applicants will be invited to participate in an in-person interview with members of the HeART team.
- After hiring has been completed we will send an email to all applicants.
- Write in your own style. Don’t worry too much about using the words that you think we want to hear.
- Share something that feels authentic. You don’t need to look like a perfect person on paper.
- Be proud of the experiences that prepare you for this role. Don’t worry if the experiences that prepare you seem a little bit different than your perception of the “regular” candidate.
- If you see this application after the deadline, email us and ask if we can still accept an application from you.
To apply for this job email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.