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Youth Coordinator - REACH Immigrant & Refugee Initiative (RIRI)


The REACH Immigrant & Refugee Initiative (RIRI) builds capacity in ethno-cultural communities to prevent family violence. As immigrant and refugee youth live in two cultures (country of origin and Canadian culture) conversations about healthy relationships are integral to youth successfully integrating the two cultures.Youth leaders who have integrated successfully often serve as mentors to those navigating integration.

REACH is looking for someone with experience in engaging and working with ethno-cultural youth ages 14-25. The Youth Coordinator will be part of a team of project coordinators, navigators and mentors who are invested in seeing ethno-cultural youth succeed at building and strengthening their relationships with family and community, and developing friendships. 

The successful candidate will work directly with youth navigators to further develop their leadership skills in a variety of ways: coordination, facilitation, report writing, delivering education series, note taking, feedback on evaluation and data collection of attendance, promotion of the project, and building relationships with a number of stakeholders.

Roles and Responsibilities

1. Ensure the following objectives are implemented.

Overall Objective: To support emerging ethno-cultural youth through education sessions and facilitated conversations to develop networks of support in ethno-cultural communities.

Objective 1: To provide ethno-cultural youth with the opportunity to gain leadership skills by serving as mentors to youth in their ethno-cultural communities.

Objective 2: To learn about project logistics, co-developing and implementing a curriculum, facilitating sessions and providing feedback for evaluation outcomes.

Objective 3: To provide opportunities for youth leaders to learn about resources and services that support youth and to educate systems about ethno-cultural youth, their families and their communities.

2. Co-design, implement and reflect on the educational sessions with the youth leaders.

3. Work with the youth leaders to strategize, plan and implement monthly educational sessions of ethno-cultural youth groups and assist the youth leaders with the logistics and accountability of the sessions.

4. Arrange for timely feedback to inform evaluations of the project activities including community youth leaders and participants.

5. Meet with the RIRI project coordinator weekly and with youth leaders monthly for updates and feedback to reflect on their work and provide needed support.

6. Deliver the Healthy Youth Relationship workshops and help train leaders to deliver the workshops.

7. Ensure the meetings, attendances and topics discussed are collected, recorded and sent to the RIRI project coordinator.

The tenets of this project: Building healthy families is successful with a strength-based approach.

  • Innovative solutions come from the community when conflict arises
  • Providing educational information and training to community youth leaders on building healthy families involves dialogue and an exchange of ideas
  • Facilitating community connections and relationship-building opportunities for community members is the key to this project
  • Youth leaders are key resources in locating ethno-cultural youth

Knowledge and Skills

  • Community development experience with immigrant and refugee communities; coordination, facilitation, outreach, relationship-building, recruitment and communication
  • Understanding of family violence in a cultural context; knowledge of the cycle of abuse and the cause/effects of family violence
  • Cultural competency; ability to work with all cultural groups; including LGBTQ+ persons
  • Must abide by agency policies and procedures, and work within best practices of community development
  • Excellent social, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Able to work independently and self-motivated
  • Understanding of community safety and crime prevention practice

One-Year Contract: Part-time (20 hours/week) April 1, 2017 to March 30, 2018

Location of Position: REACH Office, Suite 901 Baker Centre, 10025 - 106 Street NW Edmonton

Submit resume and cover letter to by 4 p.m. on March 22, 2017. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.