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Position: Youth Driver
Organization: Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness Program
Location: Vancouver, BC

We are seeking an individual with a class 4 driver's license to drive our van and bring CRUW youth participants to and from the UBC Farm every other Saturday thorughout the program (March - October). An honorarium will be provided for driving time.

The Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness (CRUW) Program was developed in 2011 by a community partnership interested in promoting the use of green space as a source of wellness and concrete skill development for vulnerable youth. The program targets Aboriginal youth in foster care and other vulnerable/at risk youth, and is grounded in the indigenous perspective that we derive wellness and community from relationship and interaction with land and territory. CRUW is based at Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFSS), and operates in partnership with Indigenous Health Research and Education Garden at the University of British Columbia Farm, Ministry of Child and Family Development, and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC. CRUW has three distinct programming streams, including: 1) the core UBC Farm program; 2) the Life Skills & Leadership program; and 3) the Youth Mentor Committee. Together these programs serve some 100 youth annually, with the collective objectives of 1) honouring our diversity; 2) holistic and sustainable urban wellness; 3) emotional and cultural competence; and 4) youth leadership.

The UBC Farm CRUW program brings Aboriginal youth in foster care at VACFSS together with other diverse youth from MCFD to the UBC Farm. Youth participants spend 16 Saturdays working with Aboriginal Elders and knowledge keepers, program staff, and other professionals, engaging in a variety of activities and workshops relating to culture, land, and food connection. Participants are split into 3 groups of 10 youth, each led and supervised by a Group Leader – who in turn, is supported by a youth worker, a youth mentor and a volunteer. The Garden Coordinator is responsible for facilitating experiential learning in the UBC Medicine Garden. All service contractors are also required to attend a paid staff and volunteer orientation prior to the program. Candidates interested in applying are recommended to watch our video for more information and context on the program: vacfss.com/programs/cruw .

As a CRUW Driver, you will bring with you:

  • Valid, unrestricted class 4 diver’s license

  • Excellent communication skills with youth and peers

  • Valid First Aid (or a commitment to obtain prior to start date)

  • Valid Criminal Record Check (to be provided by VACFSS)

For more information or to apply, please email jessica_hill@vacfss.com by March 12th, 2019.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 5 2019    ID: 51851