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Poverty Awareness & Community Action Workshop Facilitation Team

Workshop participants accessing financial services at the Payday Advance store

Community Service-Learning is recruiting an exemplary interdisciplinary Facilitation Team who will work together to prepare, facilitate and assess the Poverty Awareness & Community Action workshops that we deliver for faculty.

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What is the Poverty Awareness & Community Action workshop?

The Poverty Awareness & Community Action workshop (PACA) is an experiential learning activity that uses role play and discussion to deepen awareness of the impacts of poverty and social welfare systems. Participants role play as members of different family units living on a lower income to develop empathy for those experiencing poverty. After the role play, participants discuss what they've learned through targeted reflection activities and plan ways to integrate their new learning into their studies, work or volunteering.

The Poverty Awareness & Community Action workshop is offered in partnership with the University of Manitoba Student Union, the Community Unemployed Help Centre, North Point Douglas Women’s Centre and West Central Women’s Resource Centre.

We are also grateful to the United Way for sharing resources in the development of the U of M Poverty Awareness workshop. Take a look at the United Way of Winnipeg's video of their workshop, Living on the Edge: Taking a Look at Poverty.

The Facilitation Team is comprised of undergraduate and graduate student volunteers, who will work under the supervision of a Student Coordinator and Community Service-Learning Coordinator. Members of the Facilitation Team are eligible for recognition on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

Program Description

The PACA Facilitation Team has a rich behind-the-scenes experience developing, preparing, facilitating and assessing an experiential learning opportunity for their fellow students. You will have meaningful opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and experience in the following areas:

Project Planning

Be involved with the overarching planning, execution and assessment of the Poverty Awareness & Community Action workshop, working closely with the Student Coordinator and Lead Community Service-Learning Coordinator to develop goals and outcomes for the year, document the implementation of the workshop, and assess our work.

Event Coordination

Develop your event coordination and management skills by assisting the Student Coordinator with the logistics. From room bookings and catering to event set-up and teardown, there are lots of small details that need attention.

Volunteer Coordination and Management

The Poverty Awareness workshops depend on the generosity of university and community volunteers who role play as Service-Providers in the workshop, assist with the workshop kit rebuild, set-up and teardown.

Facilitation and Conflict Resolution

Each workshop has a facilitator that leads students through the orientation, role play and debrief. Students are welcome to develop and practice their facilitation and conflict resolution skills, and co-facilitate the large group exercises or small group discussion.

Community Engagement and Capacity-Building

Members of the Facilitation Team can develop their community engagement skills by assisting the Student Coordinator with volunteer recruitment, communication, feedback and capacity-building.

We are grateful to work with generous and knowledgeable Community Faculty, who volunteer their time to develop resources and help us to facilitate the workshops in more authentic and impactful ways. Community Faculty volunteer as Service-Providers and Speakers, sharing their lived experiences with poverty and recommendations for action.

Community Faculty are also interested in receiving capacity-building workshops and shadowing the Facilitation Team in order to develop their skills and experience. With the support of the Lead Community Service-Learning Coordinator, the Facilitation Team will be responsible for developing and facilitating workshops to meet the needs of Community Faculty, such as storytelling and public speaking, intercultural communication and conflict resolution.

Resource Development and Management

Do you like to be hands-on? Are you detail-oriented? Then we want you to help out with managing our workshop materials and rebuilding the kit after each workshop. This is a daylong activity wherein volunteers reassemble the workshop kit and make sure every component is ready for the next event.

Members of the Facilitation Team are also invited to help with resource development—researching and integrating new information on poverty and poverty alleviation in Winnipeg as well as opportunities to take action.

Cost and Schedule

Program Cost: Free

The Facilitation Team works together year-round, and training begins in mid-August. The time commitment is heaviest in the Fall Term, when we facilitate the most workshops, and becomes increasingly lighter over the Winter and Summer Terms. Members of the Facilitation Team need to make a minimum commitment to work with the program from mid-August to January.

Orientation and Training

Students will participate in two days of training in late August and volunteer as a Service-Provider for the United Way’s workshop, Living on the Edge: Taking a Look at Poverty. Students will also attend monthly meetings with the Facilitation Team and have the option to participate in professional development opportunities throughout the year.

Workshop Facilitation

Students will volunteer at 2+ workshops per month from September to January, which involves a seven-hour commitment for each afternoon or evening workshop.

Workshop Coordination

Students will attend monthly meetings and assist with other aspects of workshop development and coordination for an additional 6+ hours per month. See Program Description for possible areas of knowledge and skill development.

Capacity-Building for Community Faculty

Team Members may choose to continue volunteering into the Summer Term, when a dedicated group will develop and facilitate capacity-building workshops for Community Faculty.

How to Apply

Apply on UM Community Link using “Apply Now” button above. Applications close July 31. Interviews will take place August 7-9.

Booking a Workshop

We are now taking bookings for the 2018-19 academic year. Email for more information.

Contact Info

Anny Chen

Updated April 25, 2018