Volunteer Opportunity

OASOS Facilitator (LGBTIQQ youth support)

Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Category: Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment or Project Date: Two nights (6-8 hours) per month for one year. Must be at least 21 years of age to apply.
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.

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

Application Process:

Submit an application online.