Working with a co-facilitator, provide a supportive, nurturing and consistent presence for the queer and allied youth who attend Pizza Klatch support groups at local high schools.
REQUIREMENTS:• 21 years of age or 3 years out of high school by the time school year begins• Due to conflict of interest, objectivity and confidentiality, facilitators shall not facilitate groups at schools where a child, dependent or family member goes to school• Fill out necessary background check forms with Pizza Klatch and each school district
Weekly Facilitators• Commitment of at least one year• 2-day Intensive training, last weekend of August• 1.5-2 hours each week facilitating support groups at a local high school• September - June (except for Winter and Spring break weeks)• 2 hour group consultation the second Monday of each month with all facilitators and licensed therapist• Planning sessions with co-facilitator (optional and as-needed)
Sub Facilitators• 3 hour Sub Training• 1.5-2 hours per school as needed• Commitment of at least one semester
OTHER KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:• Arrive early (about 10-15 min) to check in at the front desk and set up the classroom / pizza• Maintain a consistent structure of support so that youth know what to expect• Plan activities such as ice breakers, guest speakers, learning activities, discussions• Act as a liaison between Pizza Klatch and the high school by building relationships with teachers, administration and counselors at your school• Work with a co-facilitator to create a safe space for youth to share openly• Manage conflict, maintain objectivity and manage time • Provide constructive and positive feedback when youth ask for it• Be knowledgeable of local resources for LGBTQ+ youth• Be knowledgeable about the impacts and effects of homophobia, transphobia, racism, classism, ableism, privilege and intersectionality on queer youth• Occasionally work with youth after group time to ensure they get needed resources• Communicate needs of youth with teachers/faculty when necessary• Act as a mandated reporter for any imminent harm (covered in training)• Manage pizza orders with pizza vendors, appropriate for group sizes and schedule changes• Report the number of youth/new youth at each group & pizza delivered/leftover
IDEAL QUALITIES/SKILLS (created by teen participants):• LGBTQ+ or a really awesome Ally• Relatable to/comfortable with youth• Experience with co-facilitating• Ability to model cooperative and respectful leadership• Good listening skills• Ability to work with lots of different people/different age ranges (students, teachers, counselors, administrators, other facilitators, PK executive director and volunteers)• Consistent• Ability to have fun• Understanding• Assertive• Kind• Loving• Funny• Comfortable with self• Level headed - able to be objective• Passionate and caring• Ability to be open and share• Patient• Open heart• Non-judgmental• Provide supportive accountability• Responsible and on time• Excellent communicator