2018-19 Community Fellow Program – YWCA Walla Walla

YWCA Walla Walla

Please apply via email with your resume and cover letter.

Email application material to: sava@ywcaww.org

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until Sept. 9th

Community Fellows—students in their Junior or Senior Year—must be ELIGIBLE to work in the U.S. and ABLE to work the ENTIRE 2018-19 ACADEMIC YEAR, September-May (except for College breaks).

This position is part of 2018-19 Whitman College Community Fellow Program. Students will receive an Educational Award from Whitman College. More information about the program here!

You can also find this position on Handshake here!

Name of Organization: YWCA Walla Walla

Title of Fellow: YWCA Community Fellow

Proposed Hours of Work per Week/Days of Week: 5-6 hours per week (flexible schedule); total of 160 hours at the organization plus 20 hours in weekly meetings at Whitman College for academic year.

Supervisor’s Name and Contact Info (email and phone): Jessica Matthews, sava@ywcaww.org, 509-525-2570

Mission of organization: Eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice and freedom for all.

Project Description: YWCA Walla Walla is on a mission to enrich the lives of women and their families. Our signature program is the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Resource Center: a domestic violence shelter, counseling, support groups, advocacy, information and more. We offer quality, licensed childcare programs and a number of community and personal enrichment programs.

The Fellow will work with YWCA Sexual Assault Advocate Jessica Matthews to research and establish a YWCA Student Advisory Council. This diverse, student-led and student-organized group of 10 to 12 students will provide advice and feedback on matters of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and campus and young adult culture to Jessica and to the YWCA staff and board.

The Fellow will research similar groups at other campuses and develop the structure and organizing principles, processes, and documents for a Council at Whitman.  With support from Jessica and other YWCA staff, interns, and volunteers, the Fellow will mobilize the Student Advisory Council to:

  • Organize and lead a YWCA volunteer project for Tri-College Service Day
  • Support and recruit participation in the YWCA’s Domestic Violence Action month activities in October
  • Offer assistance and YWCA tabling for Whitman’s Take Back the Night march
  • Design outreach and awareness activities for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Skills Required:

  • Proficient organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to maintain client confidentiality
  • Flexibility and adaptability to assigned projects
  • Research skills

Skills Gained:

  • Core Advocacy training
  • Development of public speaking skills
  • Basic knowledge of non-profit governance
  • Enhancement of critical thinking skills
  • Proficiency in advocacy skills
  • Enhanced project development and coordination
  • Advancement of research skills

Responsibilities:

  • Research existing examples of student advisory councils and design a council for the YWCA and Whitman
  • Develop appropriate documents for a council and present them and the concept to YWCA leadership
  • Recruit and orient council members
  • Organize and lead a YWCA volunteer project for Tri-College Service Day
  • Support and recruit participation in the YWCA’s Domestic Violence Action month in October
  • Design outreach and awareness activities for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Expectations:

Students must be eligible to work in the U.S. (e.g. U.S. citizen or green card holder), must be available for the entire 2018-19 academic year, must be available on 9/21 from 4-5 p.m. and must be able to attend 20 meetings (20 hours/bi-weekly meetings) focused on professional development hosted by Whitman College (facilitated by Victoria Wolff, Assistant Director for Internship Programs, SEC).

  • Completion of agreed upon projects
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Meet weekly with supervisor
  • Notify supervisor of schedule changes
  • Present culmination of fellowship projects
  • Participate on Student Advisory Council
  • Participate in YWCA Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Core Training
  • Engage in staff meetings, board meetings, and ongoing trainings

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