If you are between the ages of 16-29 with a passion for social justice, youth engagement and the prevention of gender-based violence, apply to join the METRAC ReAct Team. We are searching for eight (8) Peer Educators to work with high school/middle school students and other community youth groups.
METRAC works to end gender-based violence across communities through education, research, policy. We support individuals, communities and institutions to change ideas, actions and policies toward the goal of ending gendered violence aganist diverse people who identify as women/girls, youth and trans folk. Our services and programs focus on education and prevention, and we use innovative tools to build safety, justice and equity for all. For more information, please visit www.metrac.org .
ReAct (Respect in Action) is a youth peer education and prevention program of METRAC. Our team of Facilitators delivers interactive and empowering violence prevention programming for youth. ReAct raises awareness, fosters discussion, validates the knowledge and experiences of youth, introduces community resources and inspires youth to take action on violence in their lives and communities.
With the guidance of the ReAct Coordinator, Peer Educators are trained and supported to lead violence prevention programs with youth and/or their teachers and youth workers across the city. They facilitate year-long afterschool groups and conduct community based workshops, trainings and presentations. Peer Educators are part of a team that mentor other youth in a respectful, youth-friendly and positive manner. They make a real difference in the lives of diverse youth and help to build their leadership skills and knowledge in preventing violence in peer relationships, families and communities. Students learn about warning signs of abuse, healthy relationships, how to access help and support each other. Program participants also learn how to lead community safety initiatives in their neighbourhoods, and how to contribute to social change in their communities.
- Implement ReAct programming in elementary, middle and high schools, detention centres, community centres, shelters and other places youth go
- Assist with designing workshops/trainings about violence prevention against youth and women/girls
- Attend monthly ReAct team meetings (to plan, debrief about program activities and experiences, etc.)
- Participate in 3-5 personal/professional development trainings each year to build skills and knowledge of current issues affecting youth
- Engaged in project activities as funding opportunities arise
- May be required to travel (if applicable)
- Other duties as required
Summary of qualifications
- Experience working with youth and or a commitment to supporting youth to thrive
- Strong facilitation and group work skills
- Strong analysis of and comfort with challenging gender-based violence, violence against women and youth and discrimination/oppression issues (e.g. racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, and ableism) in a youth- centred model
- A desire to make a positive difference in your community
- A willingness to support the work of other co-educators/facilitators
- A solid understanding of anti-oppression issues, equity, inclusion, peer education and popular education is an asset
- Dedication to maintaining a positive image of the program in schools, communities and with teachers/youth workers
- Written and spoken fluency in English; other languages a strong asset
- Comfortable doing public speaking, especially with other youth
- Flexible schedule required (e.g. days, evenings, weekdays, weekends)
- Creativity and enthusiasm; reliability; willingness to learn; openness
- Facilitators must get a vulnerable sector police check
Hours of work
Average of 6-12 hours/month (including programs and team meetings), $15.00 hour
Deadline for Applications
There will be continuous and open intake for these positions, with the first deadline being Monday September 25th, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Please apply with a resume and cover letter describing your relevant work experience and 3 references to:
158 Spadina Road
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
METRAC is committed to equitable and inclusive employment practices and we encourage applications from people of historically marginalized groups. Unfortunately, METRAC’s current office space is not wheelchair accessible, but we will work with selected candidates to accommodate their needs and ensure the interview process is accessible to them.
NOTE: We are seeking 8 Peer Educators of all genders.