LGBT YouthLine Peer Support Volunteer Application - Spring 2023 Training
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Thank you for your interest in applying to become a chat and text peer support volunteer on our HelpLine! This application form will take about 15 - 30 minutes to complete; feel free to save part way through and come back to it later. Please make sure that you have read the position description on our website before completing this application. No previous experience is necessary to become a peer support volunteer!
What We Offer
What We Offer
- A 12-week online training program focused on providing an anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and active listening approach to peer support, at the end of which you will become a peer support volunteer on our HelpLine;
- Virtual spaces to meet and collaborate with other 2SLGBTQ+ youth across Ontario;
- Continuous learning and opportunities throughout the year, such as skill-shares, socials, workshops, and committees .
Peer support volunteers must:
- Be between the ages of 16-29;
- Identify as: lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, Two Spirit, genderqueer, queer, asexual, questioning, and or/ another identity that falls within the queer and/or trans spectrum;
- Be living in Ontario, Canada;
- Access to a private space to volunteer remotely, where you’re able to maintain service user confidentiality;
- Commit to volunteering 3 hours per week remotely (online from home/a private space) and attending monthly virtual meetings.
LGBT YouthLine has an anti-oppressive and anti-racist mandate and strives to recruit volunteers with a wide variety of lived experiences. We highly encourage applications from those who identify as:
- Black, Indigenous, mixed race, people of colour, and/or non-white
- Trans – especially trans women and transfeminine folks
- Working class or poor
- High-school age, and/or
- Living in Northern or rural Ontario
Training and Application Details
- Training dates: May 9 – August 3, 2023
- If selected to train for the Peer Support Volunteer program, individuals must complete a mandatory 11-week online training process, running from May 9 – August 3, 2023
- All successful applicants will be placed into one of two cohorts to ensure full trainee participation – one will attend zoom sessions on Tuesdays and the other on Thursdays.
- All volunteer shifts are 3-hours long and occur virtually, in small groups with other 2SLGBTQ+ youth between the hours of 4PM-9:30PM E.S.T.
Application deadline: Monday, April 10 at 11:59 pm. Volunteer applicants will be notified about the status of their application by the end of day Wednesday April 12, 2023.
Successful applicants will be invited to a small group interview over Zoom. Interviews will take place between March 31 and April 21.