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

Name *
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Address *
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E-mail *
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Cell Phone *
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Home Phone
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I identify as...... (i.e. Gender Identity / Sexuality) *
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My Gender Pronouns (eg She/Her, He/Him, They/Them, Ze/Hir etc.) *
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I'm interested in being a *
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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.
What is your personal, volunteer and/or work experience with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Trans*, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and/or Asexual (LGBTQ+) Youth and/or Allies? *
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What experience and/or training do you have leading or facilitating support groups? *
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What is your facilitation philosophy or facilitation style? *
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What is your philosophy regarding working with youth? *
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Are you able to attend early evening consultation meetings once a month to discuss and receive support from other facilitators? *
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Are you available for full days Saturday/Sunday weekend in August and early September for our four-day intensive training? *
What kind of transportation do you have to get to and from meetings and groups? *
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Part 1 of 2: Do you have any training, education or experience with the following? Check all that apply and explain in the box below this question. If any terms are new to you, please look them up! (Note: Previous training in all areas is not a requirement but does help provide a baseline for Pizza Klatch volunteers. This information helps us design our trainings.) *
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Part 2 of 2: Please explain what kind of training, education and experience you have with what you checked above. *
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Please give us two examples of privileges you hold and explain *
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Are there any communities within the LGBTQ+ spectrum that you have further questions about? *
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How did you hear about Pizza Klatch? *
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Do you have any children or relatives currently in high school in Thurston County? If yes, what school(s)?
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Please list 3 references of people we can contact who can speak of your ability to work with LGBTQ+ youth and your ability to facilitate groups. Include their name, relationship, phone number, e-mail and years known. *
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