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Youth Engagement Facilitator - Food Skills & the Food Kart

Job Title: Youth Engagement Facilitator  *Primary focus on Food Skills for Youth, the Food Kart and Drop In

Reports to: Youth Programs Coordinator

Role: Facilitate, plan and implement all aspects of Quadra Village Community Centre’s Youth Programs (Food Skills for Youth, the Food Kart, Drop In, and youth events and initiatives) in conjunction with the Youth Programs Coordinator.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead facilitation of all aspects of the following Launch Pad Programs: Food Skills for Youth, the Food Kart, Drop In, and youth events and initiatives.
  • Approach project work utilizing community development, asset building, youth engagement and other best practice strategies.
  • Facilitate life and social skills development (eg: pro social behavior, communication and life skills), individual action plans, employability enhancement and self-esteem development for youth.
  • Assist youth with life issues and provide support referrals and system navigation as necessary. 
  • Identify and support young persons who are having serious social problems and work with them on useful skills through mentoring, teachable moments and activities
  • Assist in collaboration with community, service providers, businesses, service clubs, community groups and community events to provide and sustain meaningful opportunities for youth
  • Ensure maintenance and tabulation of attendance and statistics regarding youth drop-in, Girls & Boys Group, special event and other Youth programs.
  • Write all quarterly reports required for your program
  • Assist in the day to day operations of the Quadra Village Community Centre.
  • Respond to general inquiries regarding Quadra Village Community Centre, and to share in the work of maintaining a responsive and inclusive community centre. 
  • Be familiar with and implement Quadra Village Community Centre (Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee’s) policies, procedures and practices.  As well as the Youth Programs Handbook and the Youth Programs Training Manual.
  • Perform other related duties when required and approved by the Youth Programs Coordinator or Executive Director.
  • Be willing to volunteer as needed for special events and other youth-driven initiatives
  • Engage as needed in the Youth Program Quality Initiative and attend learning community meetings and trainings as directed by the Youth Programs Coordinator
  • Ensure the Youth Centre and other program spaces are suitable, clean and safe for the operation of youth programs.
  • Be familiar with and implement the work plan connected to your program
  • Foster a connection to key family members, youth supports and other assets that can help with a youth’s life success.
  • Ensure that ideas and plans are youth driven and empower youth and create opportunities for youth to lead and reflect each session


Launch Pad Program Descriptions

Casual Drop In Worker

  • Encourage, lead, facilitate and supervise the meaningful participation of youth in at drop-in and ensure that the program environment is interactive, respectful, fair and welcoming.
  • Plan and implement structured activities during drop in hours
  • Be familiar with opening and closing procedures
  • Plan, promote, publicize and evaluate drop-in

Food Skills for Youth Program

  • Lead, design and facilitate all aspects of the Food Skills for Youth Program conjunction with the youth in the program and the Youth Programs Coordinator
  • Coordinate learning opportunities to enhance the youth’s likelihood of obtaining employment in the food industry such as customer service, food prep and cooking skills
  • Prepare large meals for youth in our drop-in program and family night with the youth in the program
  • Prepare youth for working with the Food Kart
  • Take part in the Youth and Food Security Community of Practice

The “Food Kart”

  • In conjunction with the Youth Programs Coordinator run a food cart business with the youth
  • Ensure that ideas and plans are youth driven, empower youth, and give them work experience in the food cart business and in fundraising.
  • Coordinate the food cart for community BBQ’s, special events, youth driven initiative’s, local festivals & markets and weekly hot spots
  • Ensure all youth are following food safe rules, the menu safety plan, the food safety plan and the sanitization plan.
  • Ensure food cart is in working order and all health and safety requirements are being met
  • Order food and supplies as needed
  • Transport food cart and youth to events and locations.  Class 4 license required
  • Promote, recruit and network on an ongoing basis
  • Coordinate projects where the youth take initiative, making a difference in the community and/or raise money.



  • Post-secondary degree or working towards in Child and Youth Care or a relevant discipline (e.g. Social Work, Community Development, or comparable degree). 
  • Experience in group facilitation, food services, community development work, outreach work, system navigation and experience working with high risk youth and families.
  • Preference to candidates with two or more years’ experience working with high risk youth in a community centre setting with Knowledge/awareness of First Nations populations, diverse cultures and YPQI training
  • Experience working in the food industry.
  • Must be able to lift heavy items
  • Criminal Record Check is required.
  • First Aid & Food Safe
  • Class 4 Driver’s License required within 4 weeks of start date.


Hours of Work:                

4-14 hours per week depending on weekly programming (Thurs-Sat).  Many of the hours required for this position consist of late afternoons, evenings and weekends with varied start and finish times. There is also the ability to collaborate about the ultimate work schedule chosen and provide flexibility.  Except for drop-in hours which are Thursdays 530-9pm; Friday and Saturdays 430-8pm.



Our plan is to maintain this position on an ongoing basis.  All program terms dependent on funding.  Hours per week will be determined by project funding levels.  Position and hours may change due to funding.


Salary and Benefits:       

  • $20/hr for Food Skills for Youth and the Food Kart
  • $17/hr for Causal Drop-in Worker

Please submit cover letter and resume with subject line “Youth Engagement Facilitator” to Tara Skobel at

Closing Date: Feb 2, 2018