Be Body Positive Philly Facilitator Application
Be Body Positive Philly is looking for motivated volunteers for the Spring 2023 Semester!

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer facilitator for Be Body Positive Philly, please fill out this application by 11:59 PM on November 18th.

NOTE: To be considered for an interview, you must fill out this application AND attend one virtual info session. You must attend ONE of the following info sessions on Zoom: November 9 (8-9PM), November 10 (8-9PM), or November 16 (7-8 pm)  over ZOOM (If you cannot attend or did not attend, and would still like to be considered, please contact the email below.)

Program Description:
Be Body Positive Philly aims to address eating disorder risk in Philadelphia middle and high schoolers through the delivery of a research-validated body positivity curriculum through an innovative near-peer mentorship model. Undergraduate/graduate students will lead weekly educational workshops in a Philadelphia public middle/high school teaching a weight-neutral and health-centered approach to self-care. All facilitators must complete The Body Positive certification training, which covers five competencies, diversity and inclusion, and workshop leadership.

For more info about what the training entails:

*IMPORTANT NOTE* - We will be covering the cost of facilitator trainings and transportation to schools. In line with our near-peer mentorship model, volunteers must be under the age of 24.

Volunteer Expectations:
- Complete virtual facilitator training (~20 hours total, can be done in multiple sittings over summer break)
- Complete background checks/clearances (over summer break)
- Availability to lead a workshop on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays between 2-5PM
- Volunteer a minimum of 5hrs/week for at least 12 consecutive weeks (time commitment includes workshop time, travel to and from schools, curriculum planning, student recruitment, fundraising, and volunteer meetings)

Volunteer Qualities We're Looking For:
- An interest in learning about eating disorders, body positivity, and self-esteem
- An interest in helping build a community-based preventive care program from the ground up
- Self-driven individuals who will take initiative
- Individuals who like engaging with students and getting to know them beyond the delivery of a curriculum
- Individuals who like lesson planning and have an interest in helping with curriculum modifications
- Prior experience working with middle/high school students (preferred but not required)
- Prior experience mentoring others (preferred but not required)
- Individuals who value diversity and inclusivity

To learn more about our work, visit our website:
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Email *
Full Name *
Preferred pronouns
Phone Number *
What school are you attending? *
Are you an undergraduate or graduate student? *
What graduating class do you belong to? *
What are your other time commitments in the spring semester? *
How far would you be willing to commute to serve as a facilitator? Commute can be walking, public transport, or Uber/Lyft, depending on your school placement. (Note: you will be expected to travel to a public high school once per week for 12 weeks - transportation costs will be reimbursed) *
Are you okay traveling via Septa with another volunteer? *
If you answered "No" to the previous question, please elaborate below. Otherwise, write N/A *
Are you comfortable traveling on Septa alone?
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Can you complete a 20 hour virtual training and expected clearances over Winter break? *
Can you commit to a minimum 5-hour time commitment for 12 consecutive weeks in the spring? *
Why are you interested in being a Be Body Positive Philly facilitator? (Approx. 250 Words) *
Why are you especially qualified to be a facilitator for Be Body Positive Philly? (Approx. 250 Words) *
Have you served as a mentor/facillitator/leader for a different organization before? *
If you answered yes to the previous question, please explain in what context you have served as a mentor/facilitator/leader before. Otherwise, write N/A. *
Do you have experience working with children or adolescents? *
If you answered yes to the previous question, please explain in what context you have worked with children or adolescents. Otherwise, write N/A. *
Is there a particular school, community, or student population that you are most interested in serving? If so, please elaborate on the reasons why. (Note: we work with schools in West Philly, Kensington, South Philly, and North Philly) *
Scenario: You're discussing a sensitive topic during a workshop and a student storms out of the classroom unexpectedly. What are your next steps to diffuse the situation? Remember you will have a co-facilitator with you. *
Do you belong to any marginalized or underserved communities? How would your identities impact your work with Be Body Positive Philly? *
Why do you think diversity, equity, and inclusivity are important to the work we do at Be Body Positive Philly? *
Anything else you would like us to know?
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