Call for Committed Young Leaders!
Apply to join Waterlution’s National Youth Advisory Board
Positions: Youth Advisory Board Member & Storytelling Contest Volunteer
Organization: Waterlution – A Water Learning Experience
Locations: Urban, Rural, and Remote Canada
Click Here to Apply! Applications are due Monday, July 13, 2020 at 11:59PM PT.
The Youth Advisory Board members (YAB) (ages 19-29) will build 21st-century transferable skills under the themes of:
- Leadership & Lifelong Growth
- Workshop Facilitation & Youth Education
- Networks, Connections & New Opportunities
- Partnerships, Outreach & Engagement
- Media & Social Media
- Communication and Event Planning
The skills will be developed by supporting the delivery of a water-focused storytelling contest for youth in schools and communities. These skills are excellent for your resume and your career development. This is the fifth year that Waterlution is recruiting a Youth Advisory Board (YAB), and we cannot wait to see what unique elements you can bring to our school contest!
Length of the term as a YAB is 8 months (July 21 2020 – March 31 2021) – with an opportunity to be extended, as the project evolves into stage 2 – the touring exhibition across Canada. Approximate time commitment is 4-10 volunteer hours per month.
Young Water Speaks — Youth Storytelling Contest
Young Water Speaks is a youth-led national water-centric storytelling contest with webinars & workshops engaging school-aged youth, in all provinces and territories, to grow as storytellers and share factual and fictional stories about Canada’s water.
Through online storytelling workshops led by YOU, Waterlution’s trained Youth Advisory Board volunteers will guide and support Canadian youth (ages 7-18) to become water storytellers & animators as they submit their fiction and non-fiction stories (inspired by the rich history and culture that flows through Canada’s water) into the contest. The winners’ entries will be featured in a travelling water story exhibit in 2021!
- YAB members will assist with developing, promoting and delivering the program’s content and resources.
- The YAB members will support the delivery of the contest by leading school group storytelling training workshops (currently online only, but in-person later into the volunteer role, if safe to gather).
- YAB members will also provide support by creating educational and engaging online program content (water/nature/cultural photos and videos with educational context, their own water stories, as resources for the youth participants & project promotion).
Are you the right fit for the Youth Advisory Board (YAB)?
- You are a young leader aged 19-29 living in Canada and are passionate about water AND at least one of the following: environmental education, reconciliation & Indigenous knowledge, creative writing, working with youth, culture & communities, film, photography, theater, art, and/or social media.
- You can commit on average 4-10 hours of volunteer work per month during your term which will include email/phone communication with the YAB coordinator, teachers and project partners, team video calls, spending time outdoors capturing photos or videos, researching and creating educational resources, and hosting webinars and in school workshops during the 2020/21 school year (YAB Term: July 21st, 2020 – March 31st, 2022).
- You are eager to work with other YAB members locally and across the country as a peer, mentor or mentee to share knowledge and skills.
- You are self-disciplined, driven, and committed. Volunteers must be able to work remotely from their computers and visit schools virtually.
- You are passionate about how water and culture connect us all and are eager to share your knowledge with schools.
- You are willing and enthused to be showcased online as a young water leader (our YAB members are prominently featured on social media, making short videos, sharing photos of yourself outside).
- You are social media savvy and love to capture beautiful photos or videos of water and nature.
- You are looking to build your network, develop leadership skills, be involved in your community, expand your water knowledge, and to add experiences to your resume including a certificate documenting the training you received. Note: YAB that commit and complete their term with the program can request Waterlution as a job applications reference.
As a YAB member you will contribute your unique skill set to Waterlution and Waterlution will build your skills, network and capacity to complement your career aspirations.
The YAB is comprised of 3 Regional sub-teams based on the major watershed drainage basin you are located in;
- Atlantic Ocean
- Hudson’s Bay
- Arctic Ocean + Pacific Ocean
Each YAB member contributes over 9 months by:
Recruit a minimum of 5 classes/school groups who will participate in the contest, correspond with teachers & group leaders to organize logistics.
Note: Waterlution has great networks of classes and teachers, yet depending on where YAB live, new classes are recruited each year.
- Host one workshop or webinar for each school group (a minimum of 10).
- All YAB members will each create a total of 3 educational videos for the project.
- All YAB members will help promote Young Water Speaks by submitting photos of themselves and their own water stories Waterlution’s Instagram and other social media accounts throughout the term to promote and showcase the storytelling contest (you will be credited for your photos and featured as a dedicated young water leader).
- Committed and dedicated YAB members will be invited to a team training and retreat in March 2021 - if it is safe to do so. Waterlution retreats are sought after trainings and take place over an entire weekend in a beautiful nature setting, where travel, accommodation, meals and training are paid for by Waterlution.
- All YAB members are strongly encouraged to participate in a crowdfunding campaign during their term.
In the second year of the program, YAB members will receive an invitation to lead further by getting training for and carrying out special projects. These include but are not limited to:
- Helping to create & curate the YWS storytelling exhibit
- Training new YAB members for continued engagement
- Applying for one of the summer positions – we have hired 12 past YAB over the last 3 years.
What will YOU gain from this volunteer experience?
Transferable skills for your resume and a certificate acknowledging that you have completed training based on the following six training themes!
- Leadership & Lifelong Growth: Explore what it really means to be a leader, know when to step back, when to step up and where to improve. Embark on a path of lifelong learning, through integrated teachings and learning opportunities focused on personal leadership growth, systems thinking, and expanding horizons around cultures & diversity.
- Workshop Facilitation & Youth Education: Receive coaching from trained facilitators to build your workshop facilitation skills and personal style. Build confidence, learn how to pivot and adapt according to group dynamics. Build tools for public speaking, and group engagement strategies. Gain hands-on experience by leading workshops and webinars for youth.
- Networks, Connections & New Opportunities: Unite for Water. Connect, collaborate and network with a diverse group of like-minded individuals passionate about water. Connect with other special opportunities during and after completing your volunteer term.
- Partnerships, Outreach & Engagement: Explore the dynamics of strategic partnerships, and through lived-experiences tackling the challenging work of outreach and engagement. Learn how to liaise and ask for support from stakeholders. Build remote communication skills and techniques through correspondence.
- Media & Social Media: Learn about the power of social media as an outreach and communication tool. Build your photography, film and editing abilities. Learn how to capture and create engaging content online. Receive coaching and guidance for media interviews, use media platforms to showcase your personal work and the youth education project.
- Communication & Event Planning: Deepen your communication skills by working with a collaborative and dynamic remote team spanning the country. Learn the importance of communicating to various audiences and active listening. Gain event planning and coordination skills by taking charge- organizing your own workshops and webinars for youth (with mentorship and reference materials/guides).
You will grow your network by joining a group of outstanding young water leaders, connecting with like-minded youth from across Canada! All current and past YAB have a shared FB group, where support, jobs, events, and more is shared.
You will receive a reference letter from Waterlution acknowledging your volunteer work and your specific skills and successes and we can act as a reference as you seek future employment (we can often open doors here too!)
Dedicated YAs will be invited to a training and retreat (training, local transport, meals and accommodations covered by Waterlution, support for travel to retreat location will be assessed on a case by case basis).
YAB may be rewarded with gift cards and other prizes for their outstanding work.
You will inspire the next generation of Canadian water leaders!
You will gain access to Waterlution’s global network and other training programs if you wish.
You will receive a Waterlution 21st-Century Skill Training Completion Certificate for your resume & portfolio
Please contact Olivia Allen, Project Lead for Youth Programs, if you have any questions: olivia.allen AT waterlution.org
Applications may be reviewed early and short phone interviews will be scheduled. Applicants will be notified if they are selected on Tuesday, July 16, 2020 with an invitation to the YAB and a detailed schedule about the volunteer role and training plan.
Click Here to Apply! Applications are due Monday, July 13, 2020 at 11:59PM PT.