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Neighbours Friends & Families- Youth Advisory Council Role Description 

Neighbours, Friends and Families is a public education campaign aimed at ending domestic violence by igniting vital conversations and exploring research through webinars, Healthy Talks, book clubs, and educational programs.  Neighbours, Friends and Families lives under the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC), which was founded in 1992 as a collaborative venture between The University of Western Ontario, Fanshawe College and the London Coordinating Committee to End Women Abuse 

NFF Youth Advisory Council Purpose: To provide a crucial and critical youth voice in the development and mobilization of preventative education programming specifically for young people related to topics such as healthy relationships, gender issues, family violence, accessing support and self-esteem.  

Qualifications: 

  • Youth between the ages of 13 and 24  
  • We are seeking to recruit youth from elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools as well as youth not currently enrolled in formal education 
  • The NFF Youth Advisory Council upholds Western University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion: https://www.uwo.ca/equity/diversity/index.html 
  • Demonstrated interest in youth and gender-based issues, research and educational policy 
  • Inclusive, collaborative and a critical thinker 
  • Communication and facilitation skills 
  • Accountability and time/project management skills 
  • Research skills an asset 
  • Sustained experience with community volunteerism 


Responsibilities and Expectations:
 

  • Commit to a 1-year term as a council member (including bi-weekly council meetings, research and collaborative project work, and participation in relevant events) 
  • Participate in on-going learning opportunities, brainstorming sessions and research analysis related to focus areas 
  • Assemble and co-facilitate peer-to-peer discussions with diverse groups of young people  
  • Inform and evaluate preventative education program design 
  • Inform and evaluate outreach and communication strategy 
  • Inform and evaluate program feedback structures 
  • Partake in CREVAWC events as youth leaders/participants/speakers 


What to Expect:
 

  • A safe space that fosters and upholds learning, critical thinking, diversity, communication and youth empowerment 
  • Ongoing opportunities for training and skill development, networking, and idea sharing 
  • A seat at the table and forum to be heard 
  • Autonomy lined with a robust support structure 
  • The opportunity to contribute to every stage of curriculum/program development and the dissemination of programming that will support important social change in the real world 
  • Council members are accountable to the Youth Education Coordinator 

How to apply: Send your resume and an accompanying letter outlining your interest in being involved in this Youth Advisory Council and what you would bring to the role to Kristina Pringle (kpringl2@uwo.ca).