Jubilee Designs Marketing Volunteer
PURPOSE: Assist with the marketing and promotion related activities of Jubilee Designs, the social enterprise of the Yonge Street Mission’s Evergreen’s drop-in centre.
Jubilee Designs is street-involved youth (ages 16-24) using creativity and resilience to craft up-cycled decor items. Jubilee aims to be an introduction to the work environment in a safe environment that understands the challenges facing the youth workers. Activities could include: engaging and encouraging Jubilee’s youth artists in supportive conversations and listening to their experiences of Jubilee, working with the youth to create marketing content and promotional materials, working with Jubilee leaders to build the Jubilee brand and enhance aspects of the marketing plan.
A note about our participants: The participants we aim to serve in this program have many obstacles in their lives. Most are living in shelters or in unstable housing situations. Many don’t trust others and may have not completed high school. All participants are between the ages of 16-24. Despite the hardships they have faced, most participants have great hopes and dreams, and you can engage with them to add to developing the self-confidence they need to make their dreams a reality.
Build the Jubilee brand through marketing and promotion with the purpose of boosting our client base and sales to the public
Manage and schedule Social Media posts to further sales and interaction with Jubilee Designs
Work with other volunteers/Jubilee leadership to create engaging video content for promotion
Meet with Jubilee youth at least once quarterly to listen to their ideas and brainstorm
Encourage and help youth to move away from street life
Maintain safe relationships and respect for all
Maintain open communication with the Jubilee Designs leadership team
All volunteers shall adhere to all YSM volunteer processes, policies and guidelines
Experience planning and executing a marketing plan to enhance branding and gain clientele
A sincere desire to understand and be sensitive to street-involved youth, marginalized peoples and struggles that youth may experience (such as: mental health challenges, attention deficit disorders, parenting challenges, addictions, abuse-survivor effects, youth in crisis, hygiene concerns, etc.)
Mature and professional
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
Caring, patient, flexible
Someone not too timid or easily intimidated
Empathic and excellent active listening skills
Willingness and ability to engage youth in conversations
Initiative, creativity and willingness to be flexible and try new things
Positive encouragement and affirmation skills, with a strong desire to help others solve problems
Strong personal boundaries and problem-solving skills
Enthusiastic, patient, friendly, self-directed and resourceful
Trustworthy, responsible and understanding
Good role model
Street-involved youth who have or will be selected for the Jubilee Designs workroom sessions
Jubilee Designs leadership team
Opportunity to develop leadership, interpersonal and supportive skills
Opportunity to develop and practice skills in your selected field
Volunteers will be given a letter of reference after a successful term of volunteering, provided all the requirements are met and adhered to
Know that you are encouraging career development for street-involved youth in our community
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EXERTION: Position requirements are flexible; position may be done sitting or standing but does require verbal communication skills and the ability to climb/descend stairs as required. Dealing with the stress and trauma of youth’s lives can be hard and draining. Volunteers can experience this as a personal challenge which can be dealt with through proper self-care, balanced volunteer-home life, and good a support network of family, friends, or church. Please note that volunteers can engage for long periods of time without seeing any substantial change in the youth. Other volunteer team members and staff supervisors are helpful in regards to this issue.
A six-month probationary period is in place for all volunteers at the YSM in all new positions
Reflections/evaluations will be conducted by both the volunteer and supervisor to determine progress in position
Continuation will be based on performance, reliability, progress, etc.
HOURS of POSITION: The majority of the volunteers schedule will be determined by the volunteer’s availability, aprox 6 hours a week. Much of the work for this position can be done off-site by the volunteer. We do ask that the volunteer commit to meeting with the Jubilee youth employees for one hour quarterly during one of our regular shifts (between 1-5pm Mon/Wed/Fri - may change from session to session). Volunteers must be able to commit to a six month commitment with Jubilee Designs, which is equal to the length of one workroom session (April - Sept or Oct - March).
For more on volunteer guidelines and policies please refer to the Volunteer Manual