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The 519 EarlyON Child and Family Centre is a supportive place for families of diverse identities and configurations and their children (age 0 to 6) to meet, play, talk, learn and grow with each other. 

The African Diaspora and Indigenous Storyteller Volunteers will enthusiastically read and tell African and Indigenous cultural stories to the children in our virtual program. The volunteer will bring traditional oral or written stories to “life” for our families to enjoy. These stories will support creating affirming environments for LGBTQ2S committees while creating inclusive spaces for all communities.  

With a possibility of in-person programming following the future guidelines from Public Health. We are seeking 2 volunteers that represent these two communities, to support our online virtual program.  We know representation matters! This is a great volunteer opportunity for individuals looking to ingress a teaching career.

We are seeking 2 volunteers who are willing to commit a minimum of 2-4 hours per month.

Responsibilities

  • Assist the EarlyON Child and Family Centre Program staff in the delivery of programs and events, including storytelling of both storybooks and traditional oral storytelling, and other activities, such as music circle, creative activities.
  • Engage parents and children with program activities using family support principles.
  • Support the development of each participant’s different identities, experiences, and family configurations.
  • Assist with general online program set-up and take-down.
  • Keep attendance during the virtual program.
  • Assist with the development of supportive materials, information, and resources.
  • Inform staff of any issues or concerns.
  • Support with promoting other The 519 programs that are relevant to EarlyON participants including the Frozen Meal program.

Skills and Experiences

  • Knowledge of or experience teaching young children (0-6 years) in the early learning sector, child development and/or family support is an asset (experience as a parent, caregiver or guardian is accepted).
  • Knowledge of family support services.
  • Knowledge and experience with the ways LGBTQ2S people create families.
  • Understanding of issues faced by both Black, Indigenous, People of colour (BIPOC) LGBTQ2S (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and 2 Spirited) members of the immediate and extended family.
  • First Aid Certification is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Child and Family Service Act (CFSA) is an asset.
  • Comfortable being on video for the purpose of creating more online programs for The519’s EarlyON Program.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.

Time Commitment

  • 4 months minimum commitment
  • One shift per week:
    • Wednesdays or Thursdays: 6:45pm-7:30pm
    • Occasional Saturdays for special events: 10:30am -12:30pm

Training and Orientation

  • Volunteer Orientation (Required)
  • On-the-job training will be provided by staff on the first scheduled shift.

Volunteer Selection

  • To apply for this volunteer role, please email Volunteer@The519.org with the name of this role as the subject line.
  • Interested volunteers may be asked to participate in a group and/or one-on-one interview to determine suitability.
  • Interested applicants will be asked to complete a vulnerable sector check.