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Now Hiring: Youth Care Counsellor for Young Spirits Summer Program

April 25, 2019

UNYA’s School Support Program has 1 full-time job available for an 8 week term, from July 2nd to August 23rd, 2019, for a Youth Care Counsellor in UNYA’s Young Spirits Summer Program (YSSP).


The hours for this position are Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (40 hours per week).

About UNYA and the Young Spirits Summer Program

Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) has been supporting the health and wellbeing of Indigenous youth in the Metro Vancouver area for over 30 years.


As a respected non-profit, charitable organization, we recognize Indigenous youth as experts in their own lives, and strive to provide youth with programs and opportunities that are relevant and meaningful to them.


Young Spirits Summer Program (YSSP) is a day camp through UNYA’s School Support Program, for Aboriginal youth ages 11-14. This summer camp focuses on recreation, culture, and experiential learning. YSSP involves a combination of outings and activities on-site at Britannia Community Centre.

Highlights of This Opportunity

Are you looking for a fun, engaging full-time employment this summer? Do you want to continue building on your experience working directly with youth?


Are you excited about working in an organization with a harm reduction philosophy, in a youth-centred practice that focuses on trauma-informed care, two-eyed seeing, and culture as therapy?


If you said yes, this is the opportunity for you!

Young Spirits Summer Program is a free summer day camp for Indigenous youth ages 11 to 14.

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Young Spirits Summer Program is a free summer day camp for Indigenous youth ages 11 to 14.

1. Lead youth participants through the camp program activity schedule, with the support of two youth leaders. Facilitate some activities, such as basketball, crafts, and other games.

2. Coordinate and serve lunches and snacks, including grocery shopping and food prep.

3. Supervise youth participants during camp hours (including lunch and breaks), and transport group to/from activities in the community.

4. Respond to issues and incidents that occur, as per UNYA’s policies and procedures, and UNYA’s Guiding Philosophies (harm reduction, trauma-informed care, two-eyed seeing, culture as therapy, youth-centered practice).

5. Work as part of a team to ensure that activities are positive, safe, culturally-responsive, and educational for all participants.

6. Provide positive role modeling – positively interact with and supervise youth during daily workshops, recreational activities, and group outings.

7. Assist in general program set-up and clean-up.

8. Consult with and report to immediate supervisor on a regular basis.

Your Accomplishments and Experience Include:

• Must possess a certificate, diploma, and/or post-secondary degree in a relevant discipline (i.e. Community Service Worker Certificate, Child & Youth Care, ECE, Social Work, Psychology), and/or training and mentorship in cultural healing practices


• Must possess a minimum of 1 year of experience working with Native and/or youth who are ‘at risk’ in a direct service role (ex: coach, youth worker, camp counsellor, support worker).


• Demonstrate experience establishing rapport and working effectively with youth, and preferably Native youth, or youth who may be overcoming substance misuse/abuse issues. Strong crisis intervention training/skills and ability to de-escalate and mediate conflict.


• Demonstrated understanding of, and a willingness to participate in, Aboriginal protocols, ceremonies, and other practices.


• Demonstrated broad based knowledge of the family and social issues that Native youth face today, including the intergenerational impacts of the residential school system on Native families and communities.  


• Demonstrated ability to support and co-facilitate workshops and supervise and ensure safety during group outings.


• Demonstrated willingness and ability to participate in a variety of physical activities.


• Current First Aid and Food Safe Certificates are assets.


• Must have a criminal record check completed by and satisfactory to UNYA.


• Strong preference for applicants with a valid Class-5 drivers’ license (Class-4 an asset).


• Given the needs of youth accessing our services, preference will be given to qualified Aboriginal applicants.

What We Can Offer You:

Taking care of people is our priority, and this includes our staff. Together, we strive to create an accepting, respectful, and non-judgmental work environment. 


UNYA’s School Support Program has 1 full-time youth care counsellor position for our Young Spirits Summer Program. This position is for an 8 week term, from July 2nd to August 23rd, 2019.


Hours for this position will be Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (40 hours per week).

To Apply:

Submit a brief cover letter (stating the position you are applying for), a resume, and contact information via email to [email protected].





Resumes will not be reviewed without a cover letter. No enquiries – only those short-listed will be contacted.


Closing Date: June 10, 2019