February 8, 2011

Got what it takes to be an Empower Mentor?

Thinking about a career in public health? Want to make a difference in your community?

If so, then check out this unique, arts-based, part-time employment opportunity with Central Toronto Community Health Centres CTCHC.

The CTCHC is a "non-profit, community-based health organization committed to improving the health of community members, particularly those at risk for poverty and discrimination". Through the Empower Project, a youth-driven collaborative partnership, the CTCHC is looking to recruit five (5) diverse Toronto youths to become Empower Mentors who will act as peer educators in their own communities.

The Empower Mentor job involves a range of duties - from conducting in-person and online recruitment to developing and supporting community-specific arts-based workshops on sexual health. Ideal applicants for this unique opportunity should have: experience working with youth; a strong knowledge of sexual health and related issues; experience in a peer-education or peer-mentor role; and a commitment towards anti-oppression and queer, sex, and youth positive environments. Experience working with an art medium (e.g. theatre, visual art, etc.) is considered an asset; however, no formal training is required.

For a complete list of job duties and requirements, check out the job ad.

One thing to note is that because the position is based on peer-mentoring, applicants should be between the ages of 16 and 29 and must be able to work evenings and weekends.

All five (5) Empower Mentor positions are 6 month contracts that will run from from February to October of 2011 and will require, at most, 160 hours over the 6 month period. The salary is $14.40/hour.

If you're interested in applying, email a cover letter and resume by 12:00pm on February 10, 2011 to the attention of Sarah Switzer at sswitzer@ctchc.com. In the subject heading, mention "Empower Mentor Position"

Alternatively, applications may also be dropped off at Queen West Community Health Centre located at 168 Bathurst Street.

Good luck!

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