Join EYA as a Peer Mentor this Fall
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 email@example.com or phone 604-689-4446.
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