Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

YPI Student-Led Podcast Series – Call for Student Advisory Committee Members

Call for Student Advisory Committee Members Ages 14-19 – Deadline July 18th

YPI is putting together a new podcast! We’re going to talk about equity, justice, education, identity, community advocacy, philanthropy, and social movements! 

That’s where you (recent YPI alumni) come in. We want your feedback, input and insight to shape the podcast’s content. We want to centre youth voices, foster youth leadership, and work together to create the content that you want to hear!

We are looking for young people who are under 20, and who participated in YPI any time in the last few years, to fill 5-7 positions for our new Student Advisory Committee. You can be based anywhere in Canada, and you will meet virtually from September – December 2021. The total time commitment is approx. 25 hours per student and comes with a $500 honorarium.

YOU ARE QUALIFIED IF YOU:

  • are 14-19 years old
  • have completed YPI at your high school (e.g. when you were in grade 9 or 10)
  • can commit to a 3-month term on the committee (September 15 – December 15) and the responsibilities outlined below
  • have a passion for social justice and are interested in learning more about community organizing
  • have some experience, and/or a lot of interest, in media, journalism, and/or storytelling
  • are excited about learning more about interviews and making podcasts, whether it’s on the mic or behind the scenes!

Key responsibilities and commitment for committee members:

A. Attend 5 virtual meetings between September and December, which includes:

  • One mandatory orientation/training meeting in September (2 hours)
  • Three meetings to discuss podcast content and guests, brainstorm themes, story ideas, and approaches in each of October, November, and December (3 x 2 hours = 6 hours)
  • One final listening party to share feedback and celebrate with the team in mid-December (2 hours)
  • Read and respond to emails in between meetings (2 hours)

B. Prepare for meetings, including by listening to episodes after they are released to provide feedback on what worked, and what didn’t (est. 8 hours)

C. Record, write, or otherwise document the podcast process through 1-2 short blog entries on goypi.org (est. 5 hours)

D. (Optional) Co-host one of the podcasts, if you want to!

By joining the committee, you’ll get:

  • An honorarium of $500
  • Training and mentoring from experienced podcasters
  • Guidance and support from YPI Canada staff (YPI staff will listen to your ideas about the podcast, then do the work and coordination in between the student advisory committee meetings)
  • Experience for your resume, and feedback on how to include this experience in your resume
  • A letter of participation
  • An opportunity to be part of the editorial direction of a new youth-led podcast that will be shared nationally
  • Journalism and media skills 
  • Writing and editorial experience
  • The opportunity to connect with diverse young people with shared passions — to share ideas, build community, and have fun
  • Mentorship and training from Stephen Hurley of VoicEd Radio, including podcast production, hosting and distributionco

Honoraria and payment:

Please note that this a volunteer position with an honorarium payment for your participation. All members of the student advisory committee will receive an honorarium of $500 for their participation in the full project. You can choose to be paid in two installments, or in one full payment at the end of the project in mid-December.

Technology access

To participate as a Student Advisory Committee member, you will need to have access to the internet, and access to a computer or internet-enabled phone (smart phone). If you are qualified and interested in applying to the volunteer position, but having access to the internet and a device will be barriers to your participation, please contact the YPI team at 1-888-489-1044 or info@goypi.org and we will talk together to try to find a way to support you.

Application instructions (how to apply/tips on CV)

Apply by emailing info@goypi.org your updated resume and the answers to these questions in a 1-page document, short video or audio clip:

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself (if you think it’s important, then we will too!). It’s important to us to work with a diverse group of young people, so please feel free to self-identify (eg. queer, racialized, disabled, etc.), if you are comfortable!
  2. What was the one of most important things you learned from your YPI experience?
  3. Tell us why you’re interested in joining the Advisory Committee of YPI’s Student-Led Podcast Series.
  4. Tell us what experiences and skills you have that you could bring to the Student Advisory Committee. (e.g. script writing and/or content writing, creative writing, blogging, social media, animation, music, research, etc.)

What to include on your resume?

If you’ve never put together a resume until now, don’t worry about. Here are some ideas to get you started. 

List out: 

  • Your extracurricular activities like drama club, student council, environmental club etc. 
  • Community activities within your, community centre, local library, place of worship etc. 
  • Any creative projects you are involved with like painting, photography, a band, spoken word etc.

*Under each listing provide a one-to-two line description on your involvement

Check out the links we’ve provided below for more tips on resume writing:

https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/careers/first-time-resume-writing

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/resumesandcoverletters/l/blhighschool2.htm

http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/resume.shtml

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 18th

Please send your letter of interest and resume to: info@goypi.org and include “Student Advisory Committee” in the subject of your email. Feel free to email us with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

No! But if you want to talk to your parents or guardians about working with us, and if they have any questions, they are more than welcome to contact us. 

Meetings will be 2-2.5 hrs in length and will include breaks.

A part of our orientation session, we will work together to establish a respect agreement for a “safer space”. This means coming up with ways of interacting, boundaries and ground rules to make sure everybody in the group feels welcomed and respected. It also means coming up with guidelines for dealing with conflict in respectful ways. 

We’ll send you a cheque.

After the closing date, we’ll review all the applications and contact folks for interviews. We will conduct the interviews over Zoom beginning in August. The interviews will be short, and just a way for us to get to know each other, so we can assemble a board that works well together and brings a diversity of experiences and skills to the table!

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