August 27, 2021
Manager, Y Mind National
Term, Full-Time (1 year term)
YGV Mental Wellness Team is currently working a hybrid of remote virtual and in office.
Travel and In-Person work/meetings at Robert Lee YMCA (955 Burrard Street, Vancouver) and Royal YMCA (620 Royal Avenue, New Westminster)
35 hours per week
Required to work flexible hours as per operational needs
Under review, includes benefits
Manager, Mental Wellness Programs
The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community, by nurturing the potential of children, teens & young adults, promoting healthy lifestyles, fostering a sense of social responsibility and delivering lasting personal & social change. We are building a community in which a generation of children and families reach their full potential. Our values guide our decision making and behaviour—we do the right thing, put people first, keep our promises and lead by example.
For over 130 years, we have been part of the community, a place where people of every age and background find the support they need to grow in spirit, mind and body. One of the Lower Mainland’s leading charities, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver provides services in health & fitness, child care, camping, employment & community services to over 120,000 participants annually.
YMCA Mental Wellness Programs are an expanding and exciting area of work within the Mental Wellness department. The YMCA Y Mind Programs support teens 13-18 years of age and young adults 18-30 years of age who experience symptoms of mild to moderate anxiety to learn healthy coping strategies and connect with like-minded youth in a safe and encouraging group environment. It is a 7-week program based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness, facilitated by two mental health professionals.
Y Mind Youth and Y Mind Teen have successfully expanded across British Columbia using a train the facilitator model. With supports provided from the YMCA of Greater Vancouver Mental Wellness team along the way for further adaptation, marketing, recruitment, delivery, and evaluation of the program. This model builds capacity in communities by training local facilitators who have a background in mental wellness, and is in line with the strengths-based approach of Y Mind.
Through these programs, the YMCA has already supported youth and teens in 44 communities to overcome barriers to accessing timely and appropriate support by providing access to services at no cost to youth, many of whom are low income and cannot afford to pay, providing a social support network for isolated youth experiencing mental health problems and teaching coping skills to cope with anxiety.
YGV Mental Wellness Department now has the opportunity to expand Y Mind programs nationally, to YMCAs outside of British Columbia. We are seeking a Y Mind Manager to support the expansion outside of British Columbia through training partnerships in the Y Mind curriculum and providing implementation and delivery support.
Nature and Scope:
Reporting to Manager, Mental Wellness Programs the Manager, Y Mind National will seek opportunities for national expansion of Y Mind in YMCAs across Canada. The Manager Y Mind National will oversee and deliver all Y Mind curriculum training for national partnerships. They will offer support to the partnership managers and facilitators including marketing, recruitment, delivery, and evaluation of the program. The Manager Y Mind National will be responsible for meeting funder deliverables involved in the expansion, including number of participants reached. The Manager Y Mind National will use feedback gained through partner reports and post program meetings to continuously improve the program, training and partnership model. They will track implementation and to ensure fidelity to the model, while also providing enough flexibility in delivery to meet the different needs and contexts of communities.
In addition to bringing a commitment to YMCA vision and values, the candidate should possess the following competencies:
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