Employ to Empower (Cardboard Project 3.0 Ambassador)

Organization Name: Employ to Empower
Opportunity Title: Cardboard Project 3.0 Ambassador
Category: Special Events / Festivals
Commitment: Less than 6 months
Start Date: April 1, 2021
End Date: May 15, 2021

Email: events@employtoempower.com
Website: https://employtoempower.com/
Details:
  • Appropriate for youth (i.e., less than 18)
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged 55 and over
  • Training or orientation required
Opportunity Description:

Organization Overview

Employ to Empower (ETE) supports residents in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) community by providing access to development and entrepreneurial resources. Our resources include affordable micro-loans and business mentorship, with the goal of having a long-term impact on our members’ personal and economic well-being. We also actively advocate for creating positive social change in the DTES.

Cardboard Project Event Overview

The Cardboard Project is a unique, artistic exhibit that features a collection of 100+ written experiences by Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside residents. This year on Saturday May 15th, the Cardboard Project 3.0 will be taking on a virtual platform, showcasing the Cardboard pieces collected from this year and previous years’ using a unique digital display to link our audience with the stories behind these pieces.

The messages on the cardboard pieces reflect responses to this year’s question: What have you learned about connection and community in the past year?

In the midst of a historic moment in time, globally we have faced a year of social disconnect and isolation, challenging the way that we connect with others and shining a light on the importance of community. We will collect responses from both members of our DTES community, members of the greater Vancouver community, and all those participating virtually.

We hope that these responses will provide insight to attendees of the very human and very real experiences that this past year has brought. This year we will host our event virtually, where our Entrepreneurs as well as Community Thought Leaders will share the lessons, the realities, and the hopes that we have for community connectedness moving forward.

We hope that this event provides a space to reflect on our year, remind us of our resiliency, and shed light on the importance of staying socially connected within our communities, in whatever way that we can. Most importantly, we hope to give insight to the impact that the global pandemic has had on our Downtown Eastside community, and just as prevalent the meaning of community and connection have been.

We are all connected by our vulnerabilities.

Position Description

Title Description: Cardboard Project 3.0 Ambassador
Reporting To: Advocacy Team: Dori Julian – Event Specialist (Volunteer Recruitment), Charissa Landicho – Community Outreach, and Juliette Wong – Event Specialist (Logistics)
Location: can be fully remote or partially remote (Vancouver, BC)
Desired Start Date: April 1, 2021
Commitment: April 1, 2021 – May 15, 2021, 3-4 hours/week
Position Type: Volunteer

Position Summary

Cardboard Project 3.0 Ambassadors report directly to the Advocacy team and are responsible for helping spread the word about the Cardboard Project 3.0 in their community (online and offline). Cardboard Project 3.0 Ambassadors are leaders in their network and are comfortable sparking conversation and encouraging others to get involved in the event. Cardboard Project 3.0 Ambassadors will incite conversation around this year’s Cardboard Project event theme: Community connectedness in a time of social isolation.

Ambassadors are encouraged to be as creative as possible in the ways that they engage their circle in discussing the question of the this event: “What have you learned about connection and community in the past year?” At the end of the day, our hopes for this role is to foster conversation around the topics of community connectedness, and our hopes for the end of the event is to recognize the experiences of those living in the DTES community and see that we are all connected by our vulnerabilities. The Cardboard Project’s goal: to challenge the prevailing negative stigmas and strive towards a Downtown Eastside neighbourhood where members are seen, heard, and validated, while feeling connected to the greater community.

Cardboard Project 3.0 Ambassadors will work alongside the Advocacy team to create the Cardboard Project 3.0 event that aligns with our mission: empowering the residents of the DTES with a Hand-up approach, providing a platform to share their strength and resilience, and educating the Vancouver community around the stigmas in the DTES.

Key Responsibilities

-Attend virtual training session to learn about Employ to Empower and the Cardboard Project
-Share ETE’s social posts about the Cardboard Project 3.0
-Incite conversation in their community about this year’s Cardboard Project event theme: “Community connectedness in a time of social isolation”.
-Encourage members of their community to interact with the Cardboard Project 3.0 website featuring photos of cardboard pieces linking to pages with audio, videos, images, and external links
-Encourage members of their community to sign up for one or many of the live speaker series on May 22, 2021
-Provide regular updates to the Events Specialist (Volunteer Recruitment) about discussions about the event with their community and the ways in which their community have or will participate in the event
-Work alongside the Advocacy team to create an event that aligns with ETE’s mission

Qualifications

-Leader or important part of your community
-Excited to share event details with their network (ex: community center, student club, artistic community, non-profit, etc.)
-Comfortable provoking conversation in their community about this year’s Cardboard Project event theme: “Community connectedness in a time of social isolation”.
-Ability to effectively communicate with Advocacy team and their network
-Has access to a computer or cell phone to share social media posts
-Flexibility – able to adapt and pivot in times of uncertainty (for example COVID-19)
-Passionate about ETE’s mission and the overall goal of the Cardboard Project: to dismantle prevailing negative stigmas and strive towards a Downtown Eastside neighbourhood where members are seen, heard, and validated, while feeling connected to the greater community.

Desired Qualities

-Has an established following on social media
-Compassionate and cares deeply for the DTES community
-Experience volunteering/working in the DTES and/or people who face barriers
-Comfortable promoting ETE’s mission and being one of the faces of the Cardboard Project 3.0
-Strong interpersonal skills
-Demonstrates strong ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally
-Ability to work as a team and individually
-You’re an inspiring individual with your own point of view

***IMPORTANT***

  • Please apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cEJZKL2Ao2bog4qHYN5q_PJ1TrPIrUng36P2y4Lfvd4/edit
  • If you are having any difficulty uploading your documents please email a resume and cover letter to events@employtoempower.com

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