Join EYA as a Peer Mentor this Fall

August 18, 2021 Uncategorized

PEER MENTORS

Looking to develop your environmental leadership skills? Curious about environmental education and working with youth?

Peer Mentors work alongside experienced EYA staff to run our land-based education programs for high school-aged youth in Strathcona Community Gardens. You bring your experience and passion and we provide a half-day training, one-on-one mentorship with an EYA educator, and opportunities to practice facilitation and group leadership.

We ask that Peer Mentors commit to supporting one ten-week land-based program (4-hour weekly sessions for a total of 40 hours of volunteer time). Mentors must also attend a group training day. Ideally, we love to see Peer Mentors return for future programs!

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications will be reviewed and selected applicants contacted in February for Spring programs, in June for Summer programs, and in August for Fall programs. Selected applicants will be invited for a short phone interview.

As a Peer Mentor, 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) 

This program is open to youth ages 18-25, with exceptions on a case by case basis. 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.

To apply, complete the online application here.

If you have any questions, please email our Program Manager, Erica at erica@eya.ca or phone 604-689-4446.

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