Youth Activism Project:
GRCB is seeking volunteers to support GRCB’s Youth Activism Project (YAP)!
YAP is a free opportunity for girls and youth with marginalized gender identities, ages 13-17 or grades 8-12, to build a supportive community, expand leadership and research skills, and work together to change the status quo.
YAP will meet virtually from 4-6 pm on Tuesdays from January through June.
Volunteers will be asked to be in the zoom call 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after each meeting to check in and debrief.
Youth involved will identify an issue that is important to them, research the issue, share their findings with the community, and take action to make change through activism and creative expression.
This pilot program is facilitated by GRCB but the issues, education, and action will be youth led.
FALL TERM: youth worked together to identify “school policing and structural racism” as their research topic and collected data.
WINTER TERM: youth will make meaning out of the data collected and create a workshop or educational event to share their findings with the community.
SPRING TERM: youth will take action to make change around their issue through activism and creative expression. This could look like a protest, a social media campaign, a resource toolkit, a day of action, a video, an artwork, a performance. It WILL be awesome.
SUMMER 2021: During an optional intensive, YAP youth will take what they have learned and use this process on GRCB itself. YAP will identify an issue of concern for GRCB youth, conduct research on how well GRCB is addressing this issue, and present their findings to the staff and Board of Directors. This process will make sure youth voices guide the future and decisions of GRCB.
Volunteer Role: Youth Activism Coach
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Youth Activism Coaches will collaborate with GRCB staff to co-facilitate the school year of YAP meetings and act as a role model and mentor to 13-17 year-old youth. Coaches will support youth in developing research skills and walk them through the process of sharing their findings and harnessing creative expression to change the status quo.
Youth work background (especially Youth Participatory Action Research or other youth research experience, experience working with youth over virtual platforms, or experience with youth with specific learning needs) is encouraged but not required. No musical experience required.
-1 hour virtual orientation meeting week of December 21st.
-YAP meetings, Tuesdays 3:50-6:10 via zoom. January 5th-June 22nd (There will be no meeting Feb 16, or Apr 20.)
-Community events will also take place, dates and times TBD
-Summer intensive dates and times are TBD
Volunteer positions are open to women and adults with marginalized gender identities, 19 years and older. Youth who attend GRCB programming come from a wide range of economic experiences, racial and ethnic identities, and gender identities. We strive to create a volunteer base that reflects this diversity, and strongly encourage people of color, people who are gender non-binary and/or trans, and any folks who come from traditionally oppressed experiences to volunteer with Girls Rock Campaign Boston.
ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEER INFORMATION:
-All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the BEATS session.
-While our programming is guided by the experiences of girls and women, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment that supports and welcomes a wide range of marginalized gender identities and expressions. We welcome girls, women, trans, and gender nonconforming youth and adults.
-Space for volunteers is limited, please apply early for best consideration.
-All new volunteers will be interviewed and a background check is required for volunteers.
-All volunteers must attend our mandatory volunteer orientation for their session.
Girls Rock Campaign Boston does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental or physical ability, in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarships, and other GRCB-related policies and programs, as well as volunteer and employment-related policies and activities.