We here at YSI are currently seeking 4 young change-makers and organizers to help us deepen our capacity to catalyze local supports by hosting youth-led conversations about Spiritual connection. Act soon, as the application deadline for this paid opportunity is February 12, 2015 at 5:00PM EST! You can read more below.
As we announced back in November, we've received a Community Impact Grant from the wonderful Inspirit Foundation for an exciting project we're calling the Young Spirit Circles. It'll be a bit of a roadshow of sorts, where we'll be convening youth-led conversations about the importance of engaging people of different backgrounds and beliefs in four Ontario communities.
As 2015 rounds into form, we're inviting communities and young people to join us on the journey.
Spirit Circle Hosts
As part of a new initiative called Young Spirit Circles, YSI is looking for people between the ages of 18-29 to help plan, facilitate, and co-host four (4) one-day Spirit Circle gatherings across Ontario. We are seeking a total of four (4) hosts, representing four (4) different localities.
The goal of the gatherings is to bring together young organizers and innovators from diverse communities to build inclusive relationships and create mutual understanding of ancestral heritage, and faith backgrounds (including atheism). We are seeking people who are excited to explore the role of Spirit with others, and how broadening our perspectives about what it means can strengthen our communities. We see this connected to the idea of pluralism, which the Inspirit Foundation defines as “embracing our diversity by engaging with people of different backgrounds and beliefs.”
YSI will provide training in Toronto for the 4 hosts. Then you and your team will work with YSI’s Indigenous Elder to host the Spirit Circle Gatherings. One of the gatherings will be in your home community.
You would be a great fit if you are:
- Passionate about being part of making social change and building community
- Able to empathize with others
- Open-minded and seek to understand the world from someone else’s point of view
- Looking to call people ‘in’, not ‘out’
- Great at developing relationships with both youth and adults
- Willing to take responsibility and ask for help when you need it
- Someone who shares what you are learning through writing, poetry, music, art or any creative practice
- Someone who wants to strengthen your role as a leader in community
- Connected to a community organization or adult ally in your locale that can offer event support
Some helpful experience includes:
- Working in a diverse team, both in person and online
- Practice facilitating or working with small to large groups
- Training in anti-oppression frameworks
- Familiarity and experience using social and digital media
- Project evaluation skills
- Experience in event planning
*** We strongly encourage and welcome applications from people who identify as Indigenous (Métis, First Nation, Inuit, on/off reserve), a person of colour, LGTBQQ2, living with a disability, or a religious minority.***
- Attend a 2 day training with YSI in mid-March in Toronto
- Work with a team of 5-6 people to develop a “how to host this kind of gathering” template/guide
- Participate in the planning and hosting of 4 gatherings between March-July (Travel required - approximately 4-8 days in total)
- Assist YSI staff to coordinate one gathering in your home community, including promotion, recruitment of participants, securing venues and sourcing catering options
- Assist in documenting and evaluating events (incorporating social /digital media)
- Document your individual learning and contribute to a final report to the funding partners of this project
Facilitators will receive an honorarium ($1500) for their participation in the project. Travel and food costs will be covered by YSI.
Application Process & Timeline
- Application Deadline: February 12, 2015 at 5:00PM EST
- Interviews will be held between Feb. 16th - Feb.18, 2015 (Google Hangout/Skype)
- Notification of acceptance by Feb. 23, 2015
To apply, please send:
- 1 Written or spoken personal statement describing why you want to be involved (300 words maximum)
- Spoken statement can be an audio or video recording
- One reference letter (1 page max.) from someone (not a family member or peer) which speaks to:
- Your potential for learning, growth and creative expression
- The relevance of this project your career or life
- The project’s connection to the community in which you are based.
- The reference letter must clearly indicate your name, email address and (if possible) organization with which you are connected.
- 1 creative piece (poem, blogpost, video, song, etc.) that speaks to your understanding of either:
- Pluralism and what an inclusive Canada/community looks like to you, OR
- How your sense of personal and family history and/or faith has shaped your understanding of yourself and your community
- 1 page resume.
Send applications as a PDF to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Video Submissions please contact email@example.com
Questions or inquiries:
Chris Lee firstname.lastname@example.org or 647-206-8536
If you are an adult support to a young person who would be perfect for this opportunity and need more information, contact us to find out how to help prepare that young person to apply.