Camp fYrefly Program Coordinator
Camp fYrefly is Canada’s largest leadership retreat for sexual-minority youth. In Spring 2008, iSMSS received funding from the Office for the Prevention of Family Violence and Bullying (Ministry of Children and Youth Services) to develop a Camp fYrefly Program Coordinator position to enhance iSMSS’s capacity to implement bullying prevention, leadership, and resiliency-building programs for sexual-minority youth.
The Camp fYrefly Program Coordinator position has been developed to enhance our capacity to implement bullying prevention, leadership building, and resiliency building programs emanating from our research expertise coupled with over 10-years of on-the-ground community development work with sexual-minority youth in Edmonton. The Camp fYrefly Program Coordinator is responsible for developing, organizing, and implementing Camp fYrefly programming; recruiting and training youth leaders and adult mentor volunteers; and providing a single access point to services, support, and resources for sexual-minority youth as a population vulnerable to homophobic/transphobic bullying, relationship abuse, and violence.
In addition to these activities, the Program Coordinator assists iSMSS staff in research knowledge mobilization, community outreach, intervention, and educational work with our network of partner organizations. The Coordinator will develop an achievable and comprehensive action plan to ensure that the complex health, safety, and socialization needs of sexual-minority youth continue to be met in the most effective manner.
This project is supported by the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta; the Alberta Teachers’ Association; the Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities; the Edmonton Police Service; the Edmonton Police Commission; the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate; the Gender Clinic, Grey Nuns Hospital; Options for Sexual Health Association; HIV Edmonton; Big Brothers and Big Sisters Society of Edmonton and Area; the Canadian Red Cross; and the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights.