Volunteer

Be an iSMSS Volunteer

We invite you to volunteer with us to help build a more diverse, inclusive, and respectful campus, community, and province. iSMSS has many diverse volunteer opportunities in both Edmonton and Calgary. To learn more about how you can volunteer to help lead social change check out the specific volunteer pages for more information or contact us at ismss@ualberta.ca

iSMSS Volunteer Experiences include:

  • Camp fYrefly Volunteer

    Applications for Camp Leaders are closed for 2020 Camps. Applications for next year will open Spring of 2021.

     

    Camp fYrefly is Canada's only national leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning, and allied youth. The Camp is designed to help youth develop the leadership skills and personal resiliency necessary for them to become agents for positive change in their schools, families, and communities. The Camp, guided by a Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), and created with an arts-based educational philosophy, is jam-packed with dance, drama, music, writing, visual art, empowerment and reflection exercises, anti-oppression work, personal growth opportunities, healthy socialization, and in-depth learning activities about specific youth topics and social issues. Camp fYrefly programming focuses on four key areas: leadership, individual development, socialization, and resiliency.

     

    Camp fYrefly Youth Leaders are responsible for enhancing the Camp fYrefly experience for a group of 5-7 younger campers (known as a pod) through peer to peer mentorship, education, and support. The Camp fYrefly Youth Leader role involves many important informal mentoring and leadership opportunities with youth at Camp including leading group activities, facilitating small group discussion and workshop debriefs with their pod, providing constructive feedback to other leaders at Camp, and providing one on one support and referring to other supports as necessary. Camp fYrefly Youth Leaders are required to attend a two day training to set them up for success at Camp.

     

    Camp fYrefly Youth Leaders average time commitment is 85 hours per year, concentrated over a few weeks in the summer. Applications are closed for 2017 camps, for more information on Camp fYrefly, or becoming a Youth Leader next year email fyrefly@ualberta.ca

  • fYrefly in Schools Panelists

    fYrefly in Schools (FiNS) aims to increase awareness of the impact of homophobic/transphobic bullying and to equip students with the tools to challenge prejudice and discrimination and become effective allies for diversity, equity, and human rights within their schools and greater communities. fYrefly in Schools sessions include awareness activities around inclusive language, homophobia, transphobia, and feature a youth panel. A trained educator facilitates all sessions and moderates the questions and answer period.

    fYrefly in Schools panelists act as ambassadors of fYrefly when they are visiting schools, their primary role is sharing personal stories around coming out, lived experiences as a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, and/or being an ally. Panelists must attend training to hone presentation skills and gain familiarity with the program.

    fYrefly in Schools panelists average time commitment is 25 hours per year, but can be less or more depending on individual interest. For more information check out fYrefly in Schools program or email fyreflys@ualberta.ca

  • GSA Conference Volunteer

    The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) and the Calgary Sexual Health Centre (CSHC) organize the Alberta GSA Conferences each year. The conference aims to provide students, teachers, school staff, and community groups the opportunity to acquire knowledge and resources to start, strengthen, and sustain GSA clubs. GSA clubs have been shown to contribute to more welcoming, caring, respectful, and safer learning environments for sexual and gender minority and allied students in schools. The conference connects students and teachers from across the province through a series of workshops, resource displays, and keynote address.

    GSA Conference Volunteers are responsible for conference workshop support, assisting with nutrition breaks, conference preparation and registration, and helping to promote the conference across the province on social media.

    This years conference will take place from November 11th - November 15th. For more information, or if you have questions email ewestfal@ualberta.ca

  • Pride Week Volunteer

    University of Alberta Pride Week consists of educational and social events aimed at engaging our campus communities to come together to collectively build and support safe, caring, and respectful campus environments for sexual and gender minority (LGBT*Q) and allied students, staff, and faculty.

    UAlberta Pride Week Volunteers are responsible for the planning and implementation of key Pride Week events. This includes advertising (social media, tabling, posters), preparing venues, collaborating with other University and Community groups, food preparation, liaising with guest speakers, collecting feedback surveys and feedback data entry.

    A UAlberta Pride Week Volunteer's average time commitment is 20 hours per year, and can be less or more depending on individual interest. Pride Week takes place mid-March of every year.