VolunteerKnowing you have profoundly changed a young person’s life for the better is a feeling beyond compare. We invite you to volunteer with us to help build a more diverse, inclusive, and respectful campus, community, and province. iSMSS has many diverse volunteer opportunities in both Edmonton and Calgary. Please join our listservFacebook page, Newsletter, or contact us to learn more about how you can volunteer to help lead social change.

UofA Co-Curricular Record (CCR)

University of Alberta Students' UnionThe Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services now recognizes your volunteer experiences on the University of Alberta Co-Curricular Record!

The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an institutionally recognized document, with verification by an official supervisor, listing involvements in various developmental activities while at the University of Alberta. It is an official record of your student engagement and student leadership involvement with a project or group of at least 20 hours. You can use the CCR as a tool to support employment applications and interviews, applications to graduate programs, and scholarship and awards packages.

Experience 1: fYrefly in Schools Panelist

A program of iSMSS, fYrefly in Schools aims to increase awareness of the impact of homophobic/transphobic bullying and equip students with the tools they need to challenge prejudice and discrimination and to become effective allies for diversity, equity, and human rights within their schools and communities.

fYrefly in Schools panelists act as ambassadors of fYrefly when they are out in schools, and their primary role is sharing their personal stories around coming out and/or being an ally with students in Edmonton and area K-12 schools. Panelists are expected to attend a half day training to hone their presentation skills and get acquainted with the program. fYrefly in Schools sessions include a number of awareness activities around inclusive language, homophobia, transphobia, and feature a youth panel. A trained educator facilitates all sessions and moderates the questions and answer period.

fYrefly in Schools Panelists average time commitment is 25 hours per year, but can be less or more depending on individual interest.

Experience 2: Camp fYrefly Leader

Camp fYrefly is Canada's only national leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning, and allied youth. The Camp is designed to help youth develop the leadership skills and personal resiliency necessary for them to become agents for positive change in their schools, families, and communities. The Camp, guided by an arts-based educational philosophy, is jam-packed with dance, drama, music, writing, visual art, empowerment and reflection exercises, anti-oppression work, personal growth opportunities, healthy socialization, and in-depth learning activities about specific youth topics and social issues. In sum, Camp fYrefly's programming focuses on four key areas: leadership, individual development, socialization, and resiliency.

Camp fYrefly Youth Leaders are responsible for enhancing the Camp fYrefly experience for a group of 5-7 younger campers (their pod) through peer to peer mentorship, education, and support. The Camp fYrefly Youth Leader role involves many important informal mentoring and leadership opportunities with youth at Camp including leading group activities, facilitating small group discussion and workshop debriefs with their pod, providing constructive feedback to other leaders at Camp, and providing one on one support and referring to other supports as necessary. Camp fYrefly Youth Leaders are required to attend a two day training to set them up for success at Camp.

Camp fYrefly Youth Leaders average time commitment is 85 hours per year, concentrated over a few weeks in the summer.

Experience 3: iSMSS Program Volunteer

The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services leads groundbreaking research that affects policy development, intervention, education and community outreach for sexual and gender minorities (SGM), nationally and globally.

iSMSS Program volunteers are responsible for a selection of tasks related to the successful implementation of our educational outreach programming and research projects, which may include tabling at conferences and other community events, data entry and analysis, hosting the Inside/OUT Speakers’ Series, supporting our trans and gender questioning youth group, short term research projects, and some administrative tasks.

An iSMSS Program Volunteer’s average time commitment is 20 hours per year, and can be less or more depending on individual interest.

Experience 4: UAlberta Pride Week Volunteer

University of Alberta Pride Week consists of educational and social events aimed at engaging our campus communities to come together to collectively build and support safe, caring, and respectful campus environments for sexual and gender minority (LGBT*Q) and allied students, staff, and faculty.

UAlberta Pride Week Volunteers are responsible for the planning and implementation of key Pride Week events. This includes advertising (social media, tabling, posters), preparing venues, collaborating with other University and Community groups, food preparation, liaising with guest speakers, collecting feedback surveys and feedback data entry.

A UAlberta Pride Week Volunteer’s average time commitment is 20 hours per year, and can be less or more depending on individual interest.

Experience 5: Gay-Straight Alliance Conference Volunteer

The Alberta Gay-Straight Alliance Conference connects students and teachers from across the province and promotes  strategies to help create, support, and sustain GSA’, enhance the Alberta GSA network, and create learning opportunities about sexual and gender minority youth issues through a series of workshops, resource displays, and key note address.

Gay-Straight Alliance Conference Volunteers are responsible for conference workshop support, assisting with nutrition breaks, conference preparation and registration, and helping to promote the conference across the province on social media.

A Gay-Straight Alliance Conference Volunteer’s average time commitment is 30 hours per conference.

Experience 6: Safe Spaces Volunteer

The Safe Spaces Initiative is built on the premise that our University campuses should be safe places – physically, emotionally, and intellectually – for sexual and gender minority students, faculty and staff. This means that all students, faculty and staff are recognized, respected, and accommodated across identities and differences in all aspects of University life. We provide educational outreach and awareness support across UofA campuses for students and staff.

Safe Spaces Volunteers receive on the job training and assist with Safe Spaces workshops to student and staff groups as student panel members and/or co-facilitators. Other duties include preparing workshop materials, liaising with stakeholder groups, and tabling outreach at UofA events.

A Safe Spaces Volunteer’s average time commitment is 20 hours per year.

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