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Media and Communications Assistant – St. George’s YouthNet

Media and Communications Assistant - St. George's YouthNet

Undergraduate Fellowships in Public Humanities

Description of the nature of the organization

Saint George’s YouthNet is a youth organization in the North End of Halifax. During the school year, we operate three programs, all offered free of charge to residents of the area. Our teen program runs after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with recreation, conversation, and supper for junior high and high school students. Our lunch program delivers 36 hot meals to students at Joseph Howe Elementary every school day. YouthNet’s after-school program runs in the afternoon, from Monday to Friday, scheduling in a variety of academic, artistic, athletic, social, and cultural programming for elementary school students. We currently hold 22 spaces for youth; this small scale is deliberate, allowing for the personal, community-based atmosphere on which our mission is based.

The North End is an area of Halifax whose vibrant spirit has persisted through prolonged marginalization. Low-income households account for approximately 31% of the area, many of whom are located in the Uniacke Square public housing project located near YouthNet. People are also likely to move away from the neighbourhood when more stable or better-paying employment becomes available, making the area one of persistently low-income families. This is certainly a community in which there is much to be offered.

YouthNet’s motto, “We make friends, we discover talents, we inspire dreams,” represents the approach we take in addressing these challenges. We come together with youth to build strong friendships, spending our afternoons creating a positive support network is long-lasting because it has developed naturally. We also increase connections between youth and the community in which they live, getting them involved with the tremendous variety of groups in the North End. This serves a dual purpose. First, it proves to them that opportunities are available to express their talents, opening more possibilities for their future than are often presented to youth from this part of the city. Secondly, it helps to connect youth to some of the social circles being brought in by the gentrification of the North End. There are major concerns over the impact this shift will have on the area around Uniacke Square. By creating a network which includes both the old and new residents of the area, we can help ensure that everyone benefits from changes to the place they call home. 

Job title

Media and Communications Assistant

Description of the fellowship

St. George’s YouthNet is looking for a creative and dynamic storyteller, to help us create a documentary/docu-series to document various aspects of the organization’s history and existence in the North End of Halifax.

The role will include interviewing former participants and important individuals involved with the history of the organization, documenting our current programs, interviews with current participants and community leaders, etc. The student will work closely under the supervision of the Executive Director to develop the project. It is intended that this documentation will help us preserve our stories and share our institutional memory with a wider community, and may also be used for promotional purposes.

Candidates who have familiarity with St. George’s YouthNet, the North End of Halifax, and experience and interest in visual storytelling and video documentation will be preferred.

Location

St. George’s YouthNet is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The fellowship can be done remotely.

To apply

You application should consist of a resume, cover letter, your B00# and the names of at least two references (one of which should be academic). For the references, you do not need to ask for a letter at this time, but you should ask your referee’s permission if you send their name.

Submit your application to Sarah Griffin at director@stgeorgesyouthnet.ca by Thursday, June 18, 2020.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.