Facilitator Application


Our mission is to create a safe and positive school experience for LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Trans*, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, Panromantic, 2-Spirit and more) youth through support, education and advocacy.

FACILITATOR RESPONSIBILITY

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

TIME COMMITMENT:

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


APPLICATION DEADLINES:
July 15 for Weekly Facilitators
September 15 for Fall Subs
January 15 for Spring Subs

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    Please Note: We ask our weekly facilitators for a one-year commitment in order to help build consistency and trust with the students at each school. Most schools have two lunches with a short break in between. Please only check weekly if you are able to commit to facilitating two lunch groups, once a week, for one school year: September to June (About 2 hours per week, plus transportation. Lunches fall between 10:15am – 12:30pm.) We do our best to be sure that subs are available for emergencies and occasional work or personal conflicts.

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