Join EYA as a Peer Mentor this Spring

December 31, 2020 Featured, Homepage, News

Applications for Spring Peer Mentor positions are now OPEN!

WHAT IS A PEER MENTOR?

Looking to develop your leadership skills? Interested in environmental education and working with youth? Passionate about wildlife and plants? Apply to become an EYA Peer Mentor & work alongside experienced EYA staff to run our year-round Nature Stewards programs for youth and Wild Mind Field Trips for children at Strathcona Community Gardens in the Downtown Eastside.

Upon completion of the program you will gain community service hours to build your resume, and receive a certificate of mentorship from EYA.

We ask that Peer Mentors commit to supporting a minimum of…

  • 1 Nature Stewards program engaging high school students (1 program day weekly) for 10 weeks, AND
  • 1 3-hour Wild Mind Field Trip engaging K-7 aged children (scheduled based on availability, Peer Mentors receive a $45 honorarium per field trip).

Ideally, we would like to see Peer Mentors return for future terms in the same year. We are eager to invest in your growth as a facilitator and nature-concerned human being.

*Volunteers must also attend a free training day during the week of Feb 8-12 (date & time TBC based on Peer Mentor availability)*

As a Peer Mentor volunteer, you will: 

  • Deepen your knowledge of native plants and wildlife 
  • Learn about environmental education & facilitation
  • Gain experience working with children and youth facing barriers
  • Lead activities relevant to program content
  • Mentor & support program participants 
  • Develop leadership & communication skills 
  • Facilitate basic activities (with support from  your Program Coordinator)
  • Help with program set-up & clean-up
  • Take photos for EYA’s social media channels
  • Help maintain wildlife habitat areas – weeding, watering, planting
  • Gain volunteer hours & experience for your resume 
  • Position yourself for potential job opportunities (many EYA peer mentors have gone on to become paid EYA staff) 

EYA’S SPRING PEER MENTORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

We’re looking for Peer Mentors to support 2-3 different programs this Fall:

Rewilding Still Creek (Bird Focus)
Participants learn about ecological restoration and work with a team of youth to restore habitat for salmon and birds along Still Creek in Renfrew Ravine, one of Vancouver’s only remaining urban streams. Youth gain skills that can help them get a job, including how to remove invasive species, plant native species, and identify plants and wildlife. Youth also connect with Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, meet new friends and grow their leadership skills.

    • February 20 – May 1 I    Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Land Guardians
The Land Guardians program is a partnership with the Urban Native Youth Association’s Cedar Walk and Aries alternate school programs for Indigenous youth. Through hands-on activities guided by Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and EYA facilitators, youth build relations, make medicines and prepare foods with native plants of Coast Salish territories. They also help to steward the environment by growing native plants from seed to seed, removing invasive plants, restoring habitat, and monitoring wildlife. Through the program, youth have an opportunity to connect with nature and cultural teachings while building life skills and growing as leaders in their communities.

  • March 4 – May 20 I    Thursdays, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Native Plant Nursery
Youth gain hands-on experience working in an organic nursery & greenhouse, grow hundreds of native plants, and learn about our urban ecosystem. Youth also help to restore wildlife habitat along Still Creek.

  • February 21 – May 2    I   Sundays, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (no program Apr 4 for Easter) – Program is TBC

Wild Mind K-7 Field Trips
Elementary school classrooms visit Strathcona Community Gardens to discover the wonders of native plants, bees, insects, and other urban wildlife at EYA’s teaching gardens, plant nursery, and rewilding areas.

  • Scheduled on an ad hoc basis

HOW TO APPLY

Our Peer Mentor volunteer positions are primarily open to EYA program alumni, though applications from youth ages of 18 – 25 with equivalent experience in gardening or facilitation are also welcomed!

Applications for Spring Peer Mentor positions are now OPEN! To apply, complete the online form below, or via this link.

Deadline to apply is Monday February 1, 2021. 

At EYA, we lift up diversity in both humans and non-humans alike! We encourage and prioritize applications from individuals who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), LGBTQ2S+ and those who are facing other societal barriers. 

If you have any questions relating to our Peer Mentorship offerings, please email our Program Manager, Marika at marika@eya.ca or phone 604-689-4446.

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COVID-19 UPDATE: EYA is planning for in-person fall programs with some changes to keep you and your family safe, including small group sizes, outdoor activities only, 2-metre physical distancing, no sharing of tools or gloves, frequent hand-washing, and safely-prepared pre-packaged lunches. We’re carefully monitoring updates from health authorities – if it isn’t possible to run in-person programs, we will run virtual programs instead. You can find our full COVID-19 policy here.