Application deadline: open
Start date: immediately
Job type: full-time/part-time
Friendship in Action (FIA) is a Toronto based children’s charity that focuses on youth mental health, specifically social and emotional intelligence. Our staple program, Kids Helping Kids Manage Stress (KHKMS), teaches empathy and helps kids manage stress and anxiety. FIA Team Members work directly with grade 6-8 students in schools through peer-to-peer groups. The groups are student lead, which helps create a safe and open environment where students can talk, listen, and connect.
FIA’s core values are: Empathy, Kindness, Compassion, Courage, and Resilience. We aim to create a world where every young person is emotionally and socially intelligent. Emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Social intelligence is the ability to successfully build relationships and navigate social environments.
Our programs provide a safe place for young people to identify their stress and to support each other with compassion.
The Role: Team Member
FIA is looking for empathetic individuals who are passionate about the social and emotional wellbeing of young people and understand the importance of friendship building in supporting social and emotional wellbeing.
Candidates must be committed to the theories, practices, and impact of social and emotional intelligence in the field of education.
FIA Team Members assist with FIA programs and activities, including:
Facilitating: Team Members facilitate groups of students through the KHKMS program.
Observing: In order to become a facilitator, Team Members must be trained through observing KHKMS sessions and attending training sessions.
Promoting: Team Members may be asked to help FIA in promotional activities, including trips to schools to promote the KHKMS program to students.
Attending Meetings: Team Members are expected to attend the bi-weekly team meetings that take place at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays. Team meetings allow for feedback and professional development, as well as updates about organizational activities.
FIA Team Members may be asked to assist in other roles than those listed above, as other roles are developed.
Exceptional skills in program facilitation, group dynamics, and effective guidance and management techniques with middle school-aged children.
Ability and willingness to work effectively with a partner, and in a team environment.
Excellent communication, leadership, problem-solving, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
Must be able to provide own transportation to schools throughout Toronto.
Willing to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS), upon hiring.
Standard First Aid Certificate an asset.
Bachelors’ Degree in Education, and or Early Childhood Development Diploma and/or certificate status in early childhood education, BSW, B. Ed., or the equivalent is an asset.
Demonstrated experience in educational program planning and delivery, specifically in drama, literacy and social skills is an asset.
How to Apply
Please send your cover letter and resume with Team Member Position in the subject line to Geraldine Mabin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIA is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. FIA welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the equity categories of women, members of visible minorities and aboriginal persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation, and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code. FIA is committed to employment equity and diversity and a positive and supportive environment.
Please note, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.