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Job Number:  45205
Youth Leader - Overly Creative Minds (OCM) Studio
Job Posted: Tuesday, 5 June 2018
Closing Date: Tuesday, 19 June 2018
(6 days ago)
Urban Native Youth Association
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Contract - Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: $15/hr

Urban Native Youth Association has a full-time (F/T) (30 hours) summer employment opportunity for one student who has recently been enrolled in F/T post-secondary studies and will be returning to F/T studies in September 2018. This position will assist Overly Creative Minds (OCM) Studio staff in developing and delivering diverse activities in a dedicated arts and culture space. 


OCM programming will include weekly and one-time projects related to a variety of traditional and contemporary art forms.  The overall goals of the project are to provide Indigenous youth with dynamic opportunities that empower them to develop their leadership skills, tangible knowledge, skills, and experience related to the professional and traditional art forms. Programming hours are typically Monday to Friday, afternoons and evenings.



  • Must be a mature student (15-30 years) recently enrolled in a F/T post-secondary program.
  • Must be registered in and returning to F/T post-secondary studies in September 2018.
  • Responsible, punctual, and flexible. Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. Excellent leadership, supervisory skills, and ability to maintain strong personal boundaries.
  • Excel at positive youth engagement. Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with youth in small and large groups.
  • A strong working knowledge of the family and social issues that Indigenous youth face today.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and/or willingness to participate and learn Indigenous cultures, protocols and ceremonies.
  • First Aid certificate is an asset.
  • Must have a Criminal Record Check completed by and satisfactory to UNYA.
  • Given the needs of youth accessing our services, preference will be given to qualified Indigenous applicants.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide ongoing leadership in the planning, coordination, and implementation of programming for a studio dedicated to arts and culture
  • Work as part of a team to ensure that activities are positive, safe and educational
  • Provide positive role modeling – positively interact with and supervise youth during daily workshops, learning activities, and group outings
  • Help connect youth to resources in the community, assist with planning, coordination of special programming
  • Recruit program participants through community outreach and networking.
  • Assist in recruiting volunteers, developing and maintaining diverse partnerships with schools and other community organizations to benefit the OCM Program and maximize programming opportunities.
  • Complete daily reports, workshop evaluations, assist with other administrative tasks.
  • Consult with and report to immediate supervisor on a regular basis
  • Positively contribute to team meetings for ongoing evaluation and adjustment of the program

Term:  8 weeks (June 25, - August 24, 2017)


About Urban Native Youth Asssociation:


Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) has been meeting the needs of Indigenous youth in Metro Vancouver for 30 years, by providing a wide range of services, resources, and opportunities that support Indigenous youth to excel. Alongside 175+ volunteers, 100 staff, and more than 300 community partners, we deliver 20+ programs that include alternative education programs, clinical counselling, employment support and training, leadership development, mentorship, school outreach, sports and rec, arts and culture, and much more.


About the Overly Creative Minds (OCM) Studio:


Overly Creative Minds (OCM) offers Indigenous youth ages 11 to 24 a safe and welcoming space to explore arts and culture, and to develop their voices and perspectives through arts and culture programming at OCM. We facilitate skill-building, leadership, and community engagement, while encouraging youth to pursue their own personal, educational, and career goals. This includes everything from music to visual art, performance, spoken word, and traditional arts and crafts. We encourage youth to explore activities that are important to them, supporting them in their cultural and artistic curiosity. Space, support, and teachings are offered for traditional cultural activities, including talking circles and smudge.


How to Apply:
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Submit a cover letter (stating the position that you are applying for) and a resume to the attention of Director of Youth Programs at .

Resumes will not be reviewed without a covering letter.

No enquiries. Only those short-listed will be contacted.

UNYA accepts complete applications for advertised positions, only. You must state clearly on your cover letter which position you are applying for. All applications must be sent in electronic form, to the email address specified on the posting. Hard copies and unsolicited applications / resumes will not be reviewed, but immediately destroyed.
Contact Details:
Cheryl Robinson
Acting Executive Director
Director of Youth Programs and Administration
Urban Native Youth Association
www:   www.unya.bc.ca

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