Be part of Girl Be Heard’s big sister program!
Girl Be Heard is seeking compassionate and motivated leaders to serve as Girl Advocates. Girl Advocates are mentors and role models for younger members of the Girl Be Heard Theatre Company. As girls who have been a part of the Girl Be Heard Company for at least a year, Girl Advocates know that many company members face personal, social, and health related obstacles that can interfere with their success both in Girl Be Heard and in their lives outside of the company. Through their support, Girl Advocates will help build a stronger Girl Be Heard community so all Company Members will be able to shine in all aspects of their lives.
Girl Advocates are not therapists or social workers. They are “big sisters” and allies who provide extra support to their peers. Girl Advocates will be trained by professionals and have access to a comprehensive resource guide to assist them with this work. They will learn about issues such as bullying, self-harm, sexual health, substance abuse, personal safety, financial stress, mental health, and more in order to educate and inform their peers. Girl Advocates ensure that staff are aware of Company Members’ needs and help connect Company Members to outside social, mental, and physical health services.
Girl Advocates use what they have learned from trainings, resources, and their own experience to support their peers. Girl Advocates are willing to listen, open to learning, and dedicated to helping all Company Members get the support they need and excel.
This position requires a yearlong commitment from September through June. Girl Advocates will be expected to commit at least 5 hours a week/month to this position. This is a paid opportunity.
• Serve as a positive role model for Girl Be Heard Company Members.
• Participate in beginning and mid-year training sessions and final end-of-year wrap up meeting.
• Work together with one other Girl Advocate to support a small group of Company Members.
• Attend a designated portion of Girl Power workshops at least every other week. (NOTE: This will not interfere with other Girl Be Heard rehearsals/projects)
• Check in with each small group member at least once a week outside of Girl Power workshops via phone, text, email, social media, or in person.
• Maintain records of communication with assigned Company Members.
• Connect Company Members with professional services as needed, using the resources listed in the Girl Advocate Resource Guide.
• Participate in bi-weekly meetings to connect with your fellow Girl Advocates and share strategies, experiences and concerns.
• Meet individually (or with Co-Advocate) with the Director of Educational Programs to discuss Company Member concerns, as needed.
• Participate in and complete any other tasks deemed necessary by the Director of Educational Programs.
We’re Seeking Applicants Who:
• Are at least 18 years old.
• Have completed at least one year in the Girl Be Heard Theatre Company.
• Have experience mentoring, teaching, or in other leadership roles, or would like to gain these skills.
• Are interested in supporting their peers and learning more about issues facing young women.
• Are committed to building a stronger Girl Be Heard community.
Complete the application by Sunday, August 17, 2014.