This position takes place in the Mi’gmaq community of Gesgapegiag in Gaspesie. It is a contractual position with possibility to renew. Transportation, phone, Internet are provided.

Youth Fusion is a registered non-profit, non partisan organization that tackles increasing absenteeism and drop-out rates in Quebec by engaging students in motivating extra-curricular activities. Youth Fusion has been working in the James Bay Cree Communities since January 2010 and Nunavik Inuit Communities since January 2014. It will be our first year working in Gesgapegiag. We have 3 main areas of activity:
1. Organizing extra-curricular activities.
2. Working with teachers to develop and animate classroom activities that help make school learning more relevant for students.
3. Working with local organizations to help create links between the school and community.

Terms:

Contract Period:

Contractual position, September 11th to December 22nd 2017, with a possibility to renew between January and June 2018.

Number of hours of work:

30h/ week

Salary:

$435/week + $150/week food allowance

Other benefits:

Can be recognised as an internship in some cases.
Phone, Internet and transportation provided.

Responsibilities:

The selected candidate will live in the community of Gesgapegiag and work with Wejgwapniag School to engage elementary students in learning on a daily basis - both inside and outside the classroom. This project aims to develop school spirit, self-esteem, and well-being among the elementary school students, and to contribute to creating a more positive and engaging school atmosphere. The position entails working with the school administration, teachers and other partners such as the Youth Council. The project coordinator will be responsible for organizing and facilitating some or all of the following activities:

1. Daily After-School Activities: You will plan and animate extra-curricular activities for students in Grades 3-6 and in secondary 1 and 2 on a daily basis with the aim of creating a more positive and engaging school atmosphere. You are encouraged to collaborate with teachers and school partners to create incentives for positive attendance and behaviour. Activities may include:
- Healthy cooking class;
- Physical activity such as sports or outdoor activities (fitness, hiking, snowshoeing, swimming, etc.);
- Creative activities such as arts & crafts, photography, music, dance etc. (according to project coordinator’s skills);
- Girls’ group (self-esteem, healthy relationships, etc.);
- Science club.

2. Elementary Student Council: You will oversee the election of class representatives for Grades 5 and 6, or recruit student volunteers; organize weekly student council meetings including activities to foster teamwork, communications skills, and leadership among the student council members; assist the council in organizing events for the student body such as a school recess games, snack program, sports tournaments, holiday activities, etc.; and help the Student Council to develop as role models for their fellow students - for instance through being involved in anti-bullying activities. You may need to assist the Student Council with fundraising activities as needed and will also be responsible for organizing a delegation to Youth Fusion’s regional Elementary Leadership Camp.

3. Anti-Bullying activities: You will work with the Student Council and school staff to help organize and animate anti-bullying activities, with a focus on building confidence and healthy relationships. Training and resources on this topic will be provided. The coordinator will also be in charge of the “Love is Louder Week”.

4. In-class activities: In collaboration with teachers may include: Healthy cooking & nutrition workshops, poetry, music, science, communications skills, etc., depending on the project coordinators skills & interests.

5. Recess activities and Student Lounge: Supervise and animate recess activities and/or manage a welcoming space where students can spend time between classes or after school. This responsibility can be shared with another Youth Fusion Project Coordinator.

6. Leadership Camp: Youth Fusion organizes an annual youth leadership camp in June. You will help organize a delegation of youth who were involved in the leadership activities throughout the year; accompany them to the leadership camp; and animate leadership activities.

In order to successfully organize these activities and maintain regular communication, the project coordinator should:

• Recruit participants and encourage students to actively participate in elementary engagement activities;
• Collaborate with school administration, teachers and local organizations (such as the radio station, youth center, cultural department) to promote greater participation of community members;
• Manage the Youth Fusion blog.

7. Administrative tasks include:
● Attend Youth Fusion training week;
● Fill-out and submit bi-weekly timesheets, reports and expense reports;
● Managing a small budget for the project and the material inventory;
● Communicating with Youth Fusion and the school principal on a weekly basis;
● Taking part in the monthly phone call with Youth Fusion coordinators’ from the same domain;
● Surveying students and local partners to get feedback about activities.
● Submitting a mid-term and final report, including a full list of activities and participants.

Our mission at Youth Fusion is to counter drop-out rates by engaging youth in projects that motivate them to attend and succeed in school. You will be working closely with the school administration, local staff, and Youth Fusion’s Assistant Director of Educational programming to ensure that this project meets its objectives. We are looking for a candidate who is open to learning about Indigenous cultures and adapting our program to the realities of each community. You are encouraged to become an active participant in school life and are welcome to propose additional activities based on your abilities and interests.

Knowledge and skills:

Must be a university student or graduate in a relevant discipline (education, social work, youth work, communications, human relations, community development, etc.)

Experience:

- Must have experience working with youth and have a strong desire to act as an agent of social change;
- Must be able to take initiative and work independently;
- Must be able to relocate to Gesgapegiag for a period of 4 to 10 months.
- Experience with Indigenous communities and knowledge of lndigenous issues in Canada is an asset;
- Experience working in a cross-cultural context is an asset;
- Motivation, initiative, persistence, communication skills, vision and imagination are essential.

Languages:

Must be fluent in English and French