This position takes place in a Cree or Inuit community in Northern Quebec. It is a contractual position with possibility to renew. Transportation and a shared accommodation will be provided, as well as Internet. Unfortunately, we cannot provide accommodations for partners or children at this time.

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. In this region, 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 teenagers.

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:

30 hours/week.

Salary:

$435/week + $150/week food allowance for Cree communities (Inuit rate for Whapmagoostui).
$480/week + $200/week food allowance for Inuit communities.

Other benefits:

Can be recognised as an internship in some cases.
Housing (possibility of sharing a house with other Youth Fusion coordinators or school staff), phone, Internet and transportation provided.

Responsibilities:

As the Leadership, Arts & Media Project Coordinator, you will plan and animate daily in class and extra-curricular activities for high school students (Secondary 1-5). This project aims to develop school spirit, self-esteem, and well-being among the high 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. Student council: Oversee elections for class representatives, and school president and vice president; facilitate weekly student council meetings including activities to foster teamwork, communications skills, respect, and leadership among the student council members; assist the council in organizing events for the student body and the community. You may also need to assist the student council with fundraising activities as needed.

2. Film-making project: The Film project coordinator will work with teachers to integrate film-making activities directly into the classroom for high school students from Secondary 1-5. The school offers both English and French sector classes, and candidates who are comfortable working in both languages are preferred. The project coordinator will guide students through the process of making a film - including script-writing, story-boarding, camera work, and editing. He or she will also work with teachers to ensure that the film project meets curriculum objectives. There is also the possibility for a group of students to travel to Montreal to participate in Youth Fusion’s annual film festival in Spring 2018.

3. Extra-curricular Arts & Media activities: Take place in both an extra-curricular and a classroom setting. These activities aim to promote literacy and creative self-expression, while building links between the school and community. Depending on the project coordinator’s area of expertise, activities may include:
● Radio broadcasting club: Assist live and/or pre-recorded content for a weekly 1-hour radio show on the community radio (on-site training will be provided).
● Photography club: Develop and animate workshops for students to explore photography techniques and use photography as a form of self-expression.
● Arts: Facilitate workshops in fine arts or crafting techniques such as painting, collage, sculpture, printing, graffiti, digital art, mural-making, etc.
● Other media: You may also explore other forms of media and self-publishing such as “zine-making”, community mapping, stop-motion animation, blogging, etc. (for an example, please see: www.artistsofwaswanipi.blogspot.com).

4. Anti-Bullying activities: You will work with the Student Council and school to help organize and animate a week-long, anti-bullying event, with a focus on building confidence and healthy relationships. Training and resources on this topic will be provided.

5. Cultural Excursion and CLIP Festival: Youth Fusion organizes an Regional Short Movie Festival in May. You will help organize a delegation of youth who were involved in producing a short-movie throughout the year; accompany them to the CLIP Festival and to all the activities planned for the cultural excursion.

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

• Recruit participants and encourage students to actively participate in healthy living and leadership 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 engage at-risk youth in projects that motivate them to attend school. You will be working closely with school administration, local staff, and Youth Fusion’s Director of Educational Programming to ensure that this project meets its objectives. We are looking for a candidate who is open to learning about Inuit or Cree culture and adapt our program to the realities of a Northern 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 student or recent graduate in Film Production, Communications, Art Education, or any related field with some experience in film;
● Must have experience working with youth;
● Must be able to relocate to Northern Quebec for a period of 4 to 10 months.
● Must have a strong desire to be a role model for the school’s students, and act as an agent of social change;
● Must be able to take initiative and work independently;
● Must be able to work in English. Ability to work in French is a strong asset for this position;
● Experience with First Nation and Inuit communities and knowledge of Indigenous 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.