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Positions: Volunteer Dialogue Facilitator
Organization: Break The Divide
Location: Downtown Toronto, Ontario

Every year, Canada increasingly relies on new immigrants to boost its demographic levels and attract new residents. However, not many of them feel supported or cared for when they first arrive in Canada. Many of these new Canadians are not familiar with the Canadian history, climate, or how to respond to the rising challenges posed by the ongoing climate crisis in the country. Many of these newcomer youth living in a metropolitan city such as Toronto have an illusion that climate change does not profoundly affect them, as they do not experience more direct effects of climate change than other more exposed populations.

Break The Divide Climate Skills & Community Building Fellowship aims to connect the newcomer youth & international students (from 18 to 30) in Downtown Toronto in a discussion on climate change, its impact on their lives and the lives of other communities in Canada, as well as ways to take climate action. With a goal to equip these young people with the necessary knowledge and skills to build emotional resilience to combat the climate crisis during their time in Canada, BTD will engage international youth in an open online course learning about various climate-related themes and study groups.

Lastly, we want to encourage youth to create action-driven climate projects that will help our participants build empathy and contribute to climate action in their new temporary or permanent home that is Canada.

A bit about Break The Divide

Break The Divide Foundation is a non-profit organization that breaks down racial, social, and geographic divisions in society through conversation. We focus on creating change through the power of personal connection and storytelling. We connect youth from different walks of life with one another to foster dialogue and discussion to facilitate local, community-specific change. Through Break The Divide, youth are given the opportunity to be leaders in their community.

Break The Divide welcomes and values diversity and diverse knowledge and perspectives. We encourage applications from underrepresented groups to self-identify (Indigenous people, members of a visible minority group, LGBTQ2S+ people and those who face accessibility issues).

Who is this for?

We are looking for young adult volunteers from Toronto (note: there is an option to participate online if you’re outside of Toronto) to help facilitate the Climate Skills & Community Building Fellowship between April and July 2024. This role is perfect for motivated, engaged youth with a climate-related background who enjoy facilitating and engaging youth in meaningful and empowering conversations!

This role will allow you to engage with newcomer youth and international students in Downtown Toronto, expand your knowledge on the subject of climate emotions, and hone your dialogue facilitation skills. The role will involve 5 in-person study groups (every three weeks) over 4 months with international students and new immigrant youth from across the world taking part in this Toronto-based project.

*There is an option to facilitate dialogue online if you are outside of Downtown Toronto but still want to contribute to our study groups.

The Volunteer Facilitator will connect with the Break The Divide team beforehand to ensure that they have all of the relevant materials and are ready for the session. The facilitator will then attend the session and help facilitate dialogue between the newcomer youths and ensure the smooth running of the session overall. You must be able to attend the sessions and actively engage with the students and teachers in a supportive manner. Lastly, the Volunteer Facilitator will meet with Break The Divide team members throughout the project to keep them updated and ensure that the Climate Skills & Community Building Fellowship project is a meaningful experience for all involved.

What skills will be needed/developed?

1. Action-oriented

Doers, reliable, strategic thinkers, relationship builders, people lovers, creative thinkers. Communicative when challenges arise, resilient and willing to take action in solving problems.

2. Ability to adapt to partnerships/collaborations/relationship-building

Mental health and community knowledge. Multiple languages are a bonus, but the volunteer needs to speak English. Strong communicator, formally and informally. Ability to take the initiative and guide the conversation, while navigating difficult topics.

3. Emotionally, environmentally and culturally empathetic

Willingness to participate in virtual meetings, shares Break The Divide’s values, and approachable and empathetic in pointing out areas of improvement.

What’s to be expected with this position?

Commitment to approximately 10 hours per month. This will include connecting with Break The Divide team members, going through the program material, and being present in online and/or in-person study groups every several weeks.

What will you gain?

  • Expand your knowledge of the present climate crisis and build the necessary skills to address the climate crisis;
  • Participation in the delivery of a collaborative community-level program, gaining skills, knowledge and network along the way;
  • Increase your job skills;
  • Letter of recommendation or a completion certificate from Break The Divide Foundation;
  • Honoraria to reward your efforts in facilitating this program.

How and when to express interest?

Please apply for the position of Volunteer Facilitator through this form:

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Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and remain open until the 25th of February, 2024 at midnight EST (but may be accepted further if not all positions are filled).

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 9 2024    ID: 70210