• Interview
Also required for this position: Must be between the ages of 19-29
  • Work remotely
  • Flexible in schedule

Youth Advisory Board Member

4-10 hours / monthly
Youth Advisory Board members (YAB) (ages 19-29) facilitate the Young Water Speaks Youth Storytelling Contest by running virtual workshops for youth in schools and communities across Canada. Join this country-wide community to inspire future water leaders to share their stories.
Length of term as a YAB is 8 months (July 11, 2021- March 31, 2022). Approximate time commitment is 4-10 volunteer hours per month. 

Young Water Speaks is a national storytelling contest connecting youth across Canada with water. Using online webinars and workshops, the YAB help youth (ages 7-18) grow as storytellers and encourage them to share fiction and non-fiction stories inspired by the rich history and culture as well as their personal experiences and memories that flow through Canada's waters.

YAB members assist with promoting the program’s content and resources
YAB members support the delivery of the contest by leading school group virtual storytelling training workshops.
YAB members will 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? 
-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 include email/phone communication with the YAB coordinator, teachers and project partners, team video calls, spending time outdoors capturing photos or videos, and hosting webinars and in school workshops during the 2021/22 school year (YAB Term: July 11th, 2021 – March 31st, 2022).
-You are eager to work and develop a community 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 eager to be showcased online as a young water leader (YAB members are featured on social media pages, making short videos & sharing photos of themselves 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 add experiences to your resume.

Each YAB member contributes over 9 months by: 
1) Recruiting a minimum of 5 classes/school groups who will participate in the contest, 
corresponding with teachers & group leaders to organize logistics. Note: Waterlution has great network of classes and teachers, yet depending on where YAB live, new classes are recruited each year. 
2) Host one workshop or webinar for each school group (a minimum of 10). 
3) All YAB members will create a total of 3 educational videos for the project. 
4) All YAB members will 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 work closely with Waterlution’s social media team and be credited for your photos.
5) Committed and dedicated YAB members can apply to attend an in-person team training and retreat in either September 2021 or March 2022 (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. 
6) All YAB members are strongly encouraged to participate in a crowdfunding campaign 

Applications are due Saturday, July 31st, 2021 at 11:59PM Pacific Daylight Time
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Additional Details & Skills Required
Applicants will be notified if they are selected by Tuesday, July 6th with an invitation to the virtual YAB training on Sunday, July 11th and a detailed schedule about the volunteer role and training plan. There will be a training session every 4-6 weeks on varying topics from environmental education, to social media, to leadership!
Why should you volunteer for this opportunity?
1) Transferable skills for your resume based on the following 6 training themes: leadership training, workshop facilitation and youth education, networks and new opportunities, outreach and engagement, social media, event planning, and water knowledge. 

Grow your national and global networks and receive a reference letter from Waterlution acknowledging your volunteer work; we can be a reference for future job applications too!
  • Interview
Also required for this position: Must be between the ages of 19-29
  • Remote or online
  • Flexible in schedule