Youth Community Animator

Position Overview

Reporting to the Project Coordinator the Reporting to the Youth Community Animator is responsible for engaging community youth to participate in the creation of Memoryscapes (soundwalks), promoting the history and culture of the Montréal’s Black English Speaking population. This will include working with the Researcher to conduct historical research as a basis for the identification, conservation, and promotion of historic places, events and persons, important to the history of Black English Speaking Montreal. The Youth Animator will also be responsible for engaging the community-at-large on the content of the memoryscapes, promoting the memoryscapes and assisting in the creation of memoryscapes.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Conducting youth outreach within the Black English Speaking Community of Montreal, recruiting 20 local youth participants for final stages of project and production.

• Assisting Researcher with the gathering of historical and local information from a variety of sources such as archives, news files, and photographs, as well as collect data sources such as books, pamphlets, and periodicals for input into the project.

• Facilitating community engagement in locations such as community centres.

• Facilitating conversations during engagement sessions, brainstorming ideas for the design of memoryscapes.

• Collecting information and summarizing the youth’s perspective.

• Accompanying youth on walking tours of historical sites.

• Ensuring and maintain effective and on-going communication with youths and groups involved directly or indirectly in the project.

• Assisting Project Coordinator in the organisation of community forums, consultations and meetings and other research events.

• Communicating on a constant basis with the Project Coordinator, providing weekly reports as needed.

• Organizing information for publication and for other means of dissemination, such as use in Mp3 players and Internet sites.

• Providing producers with collected information for final production.

• Facilitating production hours for youth participants.

• Accompanying youth on walking tours of historical sites.

• Ensuring and maintaining effective and on-going communication with youths and groups involved directly or indirectly in the project.

• Assisting Project Coordinator in the organisation of community forums, consultations and meetings and other research events.

• Communicating on a constant basis with the Project Coordinator, providing weekly reports as needed.

• Performing other duties as assigned

Qualifications

• University Degree in a related field
• Familiarity with the Black English Speaking Community of Montreal
• Ability to engage with individuals from multiple access points (social networks, faith communities, community       groups, and organizations)
• Knowledge of local Montreal histor(ies) or geograph(ies), particularly English Speaking Black Montreal
• Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and age
• Competency in both official languages essential (English & French)
• Strong writing and organizational skills
• Can work with a team and support project activities as needed
• Willingness to travel throughout the community
• Experience in video pre and post production including planning and executing video interviews desirable
• Experience with social media & web content or blogging

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