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. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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

 QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE

  • 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

  • Culturally competent

  • Self-motivated

  • Personable

  • 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

 KEY RELATIONSHIPS

  • Street-involved youth who have or will be selected for the Jubilee Designs workroom sessions

  • Jubilee Designs leadership team

 BENEFITS

  • 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.

 POSITION TERM

  • 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

 

If you would like to apply for the Jubilee Designs Marketing Volunteer position, please fill out the form below:

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