Wheels of Courage Mentor
Wheels of Courage Community Leadership Program
Term Position: Starting as soon as possible, until March 31, 2022, with possibility for renewal.
Full time (35-40 hrs/week)
Health benefits available after probation period.
The WRENCH is a registered charity that creates stronger, healthier communities by removing barriers to building, repairing and maintaining bicycles – with a focus on educating youth. We envision a world where everyone is empowered to experience their community by bicycle.
The WRENCH is seeking a Mentor for our Wheels of Courage (WoC) program. Wheels of Courage is a free, 9 month volunteer program at the WRENCH for young people (ages 15-30) who love bikes and want to use them as a tool for personal growth and social change. WoC participants gain exclusive access to a diverse array of skill-building workshops as well as support and funding to develop their own Community Projects.
Working under the direction of the WoC Program Coordinator, Mentors are part of a team who support skill building and focus participants’ interest in bicycles towards meaningful, hands-on service opportunities for the broader community.
Mentors will assist participants in identifying issues of concern in their communities and then taking action through self directed Community Projects.
- Creating customized mentorship plans with individual WoC participants
- Providing support as needed for WoC participants to achieve their goals with the program. Occasionally this may involve systems navigation.
- Directing and coordinating participants learning activities, both online and in person; and connecting participants with professional skill building activities
- Training participants in bicycle mechanics
- Supporting participants to identify community needs and priorities
- Supporting participants as they develop and implement their community projects
- Liaising with schools and service organizations to identify and create meaningful volunteer opportunities for participants
- Facilitating communications between participants, the WRENCH, and partnering organizations
- Record keeping including gathering metrics and feedback, and documenting activities
The ideal candidate will have:
- Familiarity with the community bike shop model.
- Relevant Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Two years of related experience working with youth.
- Experience in asset based community development and grassroots directed programming.
- Experience with trauma informed practice.
- Experience counteracting intersectional oppression to improve community programs.
- Knowledge of community based youth serving organizations in Winnipeg for the purposes of partnership and broadening support for participants.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
- A strong interest in other people and diverse perspectives. Experience working with a variety of organizations and groups.
- Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to quickly establish rapport with individuals from a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds.
- Ability to self-direct, adapt to a changing environment, prioritize and meet deadlines while concurrently managing multiple projects.
- Ability to exercise sound judgement, anticipate/assess situations, and take proactive steps to create positive outcomes.
- Ability to ride a bicycle as traffic on major roadways.
- Intermediate bicycle mechanical skills or willingness to learn.
Application deadline: September 15, 2021, 430pm. Please note- only qualified candidates will be invited to interview. Applicants are encouraged to get their documents in quickly- interviews with qualified candidates may begin prior to the application deadline.
Please submit resume and cover letter by email to:
Kate Sjoberg, Executive Director, The WRENCH at email@example.com