Volunteer Opportunity Details

Boulder County Volunteers!
Position Title:OASOS Facilitator (LGBTIQQ youth support)
Department:Public Health
Category:Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment or Project Date:Two nights (6-8 hours) per month for one year
Location:
BCPH offices in Boulder and Longmont and/or other sites throughout Boulder County.
Program Summary:

Program Summary:
The OASOS (Open and Affirming Sexual Orientation and gender identity Support) Program provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning (LGBTIQQ) youth through:
• Weekly support groups
• Youth leadership development
• Family and community support
• Referrals to health, mental health, and other community services

Description of Work:
Assist OASOS staff and provide group facilitation to result in a safe, supportive, and confidential environment for LGBTIQQ youth, thus enabling them to make informed, positive, and healthy choices.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Strictly adhere at all times to the BCPH Community Health Outreach Program Volunteer Agreement for the OASOS Volunteer Facilitator.
• Assist OASOS staff in facilitating peer-based support groups for LGBTIQQ youth, ages 13-18, in Boulder County.
• Take initiative to interact with youth before group and at breaks.
• Encourage and support youth’s participation in large group activities.
• Role model appropriate participation in all OASOS activities.
• Demonstrate solid small group facilitation skills, as outlined in the OASOS Volunteer Facilitator Manual.
• Address sexuality decision-making, drug and alcohol issues, and safer sex/HIV/STI prevention strategies in a nonjudgmental manner.
• Assist in leading activities, such as group culture, art share, short games, large groups, etc.
• Attend scheduled groups on time.
• Demonstrate a sincere and caring attitude toward the well-being of all youth at group.
• Provide culturally competent support to youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
• Acknowledge that OASOS is about the youths’ needs first; the volunteer’s needs (e.g. socializing with other volunteers) is secondary.
• Participate in quarterly volunteer trainings to enhance facilitation and support skills.
Qualifications and Requirements:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to be sensitive, supportive, and nonjudgmental with clients.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and facilitate groups.
  • Ability to provide a supportive and safe environment for LGBTIQQ youth to discuss:
    • Sexual orientation and identity issues.
    • Sexual behavior.
    • Gender expression and identity issues.
    • All risk factor behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use, depression, suicidal ideation, cutting, sexual risk taking, HIV and STI issues, etc.

Special Requirements:

  • The client census requires facilitators to be mature (minimum age of 24 years) with relevant experience working with youth, LGBTIQQ people, and/or LGBTIQQ group facilitation.
  • Awareness of and upholding all BCPH policies and procedures at all times.
  • Awareness of and upholding the OASOS Volunteer Facilitator Code of Ethics at all times.
  • Self-examined, reliable, and with absolute solid boundaries in working with OASOS youth, including no outside contact or personal relationships with youth.
  • A thorough understanding of issues related to sexual orientation/identity, gender expression/identity, and youth who experience multiple oppressions.
  • Willingness to commit to 8-12 hours a month for 1 year.
  • Wearing BCPH photo ID during all OASOS groups and all other OASOS-sponsored activities when working as a BCPH volunteer.
  • Must submit to state and national background checks for misdemeanors, felonies, and/or sexual offenses (at the expense of BCPH).
  • Must submit immunization history form and immunization documentation.  Some immunizations and/or TB tests may be required (at the expense of BCPH), and volunteer must comply with these requirements prior to start date.
  • Universal precautions and TB training will be provided by the BCPH employee infection control nurse before the volunteer may begin.
Application or Registration Deadline:
Application Process:
Training Dates and Information:
Initial orientation and training with OASOS staff will occur before attending group, with quarterly trainings taking place thereafter.
Additional Information:

Benefits Gained:
• Gaining a volunteer placement that allows you the privilege of witnessing the lives of some pretty incredible LGBTIQQ youth!
• Acquiring knowledge of adolescent development, coming-out model theory, antiracism and white privilege, and other special issues through quarterly continuing education opportunities.
• Making a significant contribution towards the health and well-being of Boulder County’s LGBTIQQ youth.

Supervision:
Supervision will be provided by the OASOS Program Coordinator on a regular basis.

Contact:
BCPH Volunteer/Intern Services Program
3450 Broadway
Boulder CO 80304
Phone:  303-441-1163
Email:  healthvs@bouldercounty.org

Policies

All volunteers need to review Boulder County's Multicultural Diversity and Harassment Policies before starting their volunteer assignment.

If you need special assistance to fill out a volunteer application, please contact our Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator at 303-441-3525.

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