Join the Crossroads Crew!

Access to Media Education Society (AMES) is expanding our team of youth facilitators to bring Crossroads to more BC classrooms.

Opportunity for young change-makers who:

  • Care  about equity and justice
  • Have good communication skills 
  • Want to gain the  training and  tools to make schools more genuinely  inclusive.

Gain skills • Get Paid • Make a Difference​

Facilitators earn a $100-$125 honourarium per 80 minute workshop (including prep)

Crossroads is a youth-made interactive graphic novel designed to:

  • Foster dialogue on pressing issues
  • Build skills for personal + social transformation
  • Elevate intersectional equity practices

Young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who:

  • Enjoy working as part of a team
  • Want to empower other youth to develop the skills to have courageous conversations
  • Have unique skills and diverse life and work experiences to draw from
  • Participating in the Upcoming Training (see below) and regular facilitation training sessions (approximately every 6 weeks).
  • Working with a co-facilitator to deliver  engaging workshops in schools (live and online) between September 2024 and June 2025 
  • Guiding students through Crossroads storylines
  • Engaging in a range of activities along the way that: 
    • Illuminate key concepts (related to social justice +  social/emotional and somatic  literacy) 
    • Help students develop the skills  to notice, name, and respond to different forms of discrimination—from Black and Indigenous-specific racism and classism to queerphobia, transphobia and cissexism 
    • Promote critical thinking, self-reflection and  collective learning and dialogue
  • Doing this work in way that is accessible, engaging and genuinely  inclusive also requires that facilitators work to:  
    • Foster brave  spaces where students feel empowered to speak their truths, listen deeply to others and participate in authentic dialogue.
    • Share  stories about your own life experiences to make the topics relatable to your peers
    •  Model  humility by sharing fumbles in your own learning journey

We will be holding a two-day facilitation training  on August 24th and 25th where you will:  

  • Meet other members of the team 
  • Work with and learn from a brilliant team of educators and facilitation trainers (see below)
  • Get workshop outlines , training resources, and other details to support you in your role as a facilitator

We will be reaching out to promising candidates to set up interviews as early as mid July: 

Selection will be based on: 

  • Expressed and demonstrated commitment to this work
  • The unique perspectives, life experiences,  and skills you possess
  • The goal of having a broad spectrum of diversity within the group

How many workshops can I expect to deliver? 

  • Depending upon your availability and bookings, we anticipate the facilitator will deliver 1-4 workshops per month. 

How many facilitators will you be hiring? 

  • We will be hiring up to 10 youth facilitators in 2024/2025

Will I be paid for the training sessions? 

 Yes.

  • Facilitators will be paid $125 to review the game and workshop outlines in advance of the  training  on August 24th – 25th. 
  • Facilitators will be paid $300  upon completion of the summer training  on August 24th – 25th. 
  • Facilitators will be paid $75 for facilitation training and debriefing sessions (3 hour gatherings approximately every 6 weeks).
  • Facilitators will also be paid $125 for workshop delivery (including prep and follow up) 

Can I talk to someone to get more details? 

Yes. Email: deblekha@accesstomedia.org to set up a phone call or virtual meeting

How can  I learn more about Crossroads and the Facilitator positions? 

Mentors Who Will Guide You Along the Way

Educator

Leonie Smith, She/Her/Hers 

I am a first-generation Canadian of Jamaican heritage. My work is centred on my vocation, which is to support people from traditionally and historically marginalised populations to show up in the places where they live, work, and play in their full humanity. To that end, I have founded three organisations and consultancies. The Thoughtful Workplace, which is dedicated to providing people-centred ways of working to organisations, and nonprofits. People of Colour for Nonviolent Communication (POC4NVC), a network for people of the global majority exploring nonviolence and Nonviolent Communication. Necessary Trouble Collective (NTC), a non-profit society that offers training in the principles of nonviolence, Nonviolent Communication, inclusive facilitation and conflict engagement to nonprofits, social justice movements and activist groups. 

I work as an organisational consultant, restorative and transformative justice mediator, coach, and trainer sharing principles of non-violence and Nonviolent Communication. For more than 20 years, I worked in senior management positions in nonprofit organisations in communications, fundraising and human resources. 

My clients include Greenpeace International, The Embodiment Project, Hollyhock, Blacspace Cooperative, 350.org, and the American Society for the Alexander Technique( AMSAT)

I have trainer certifications in Nonviolent Communication, through The Center for Nonviolent Communication, and Sociocracy, through Sociocracy for All. I am based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Board Member

Angela (she/her/hers) is a first-generation Chinese occupier on the unceded, stolen, shared and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh  Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil Waututh) First Nations. As an educator, she aims to centre Indigenous knowledge and decolonize her practices and pedagogy.Angela is passionate about supporting school communities in fostering students’ social and emotional health and development. Through the lenses of creativity, compassion, critical thinking and trauma and culturally responsive teaching, Angela facilitates, consults, coaches and collaborates with community organizations and schools to address racism and oppression and to support equitable, inclusive and anti-racist practices and policies.Angela has been teaching for 24 years in the public school system. She held a district consultant position in Anti-racism and Diversity for 7 years and was seconded to SFU as a Faculty Associate to mentor student teachers in the Indigenous Perspectives Teacher Education Module for 3 years. She is currently a District Mentor supporting Early Career Teachers. Angela holds an undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology from UBC and a Master’s degree in Diversity in Curriculum and Instruction from SFU.

Board Member

Kim Haxton (Potowatomi) 
is from the Wasauksing First Nation. She has worked across Turtle Island and abroad in various capacities but always with a focus on local leadership. Her deep understanding of the need for genuine restoration has far-reaching implications as leaders seek vision and all people seek direction to address the mounting pressure of a system incongruous with the values of the natural world.
Kim has developed and facilitated programs in more than 8 countries, and has been working in land-based education and leadership for the past 20 years. She takes her place among thought leaders in the area of decolonization, particularly as it applies to language, art, economics and gender. She encourages the “lateral liberation” of consciousness by drawing from the embodied knowledge of Indigenous peoples. In multi-day workshops, she moves people through a personal process of questioning what is the truth and what is simply construct – effectively rupturing what we “know.” True expression of respect, harmony, inclusion, equity can come from this place.
Kim is in high demand with corporations and non-profit organizations who have come to trust her vision, wisdom and guidance. She provides one-on-one coaching with leaders from around the globe, creates workshops and delivers keynote addresses. Most notably, she is a storyteller and has an impressive collection of creative exercises to help move audiences from one developmental state to the next.

Workshop Facilitator

Neffy Lubin (she/her) joined the Crossroads Youth Facilitation Team just after graduating from high school. Delivering Crossroads workshops in several lower mainland schools has enhanced Neffy’s belief in the value of sharing stories about her own learning journey and lived experiences of racism and classism with others, and the importance of working together to grow our capacities to have courageous conversations across difference. Neffy is also the voice of “Imani” in Crossroads.

Educator

Amanda Cantelon is a dedicated educator who has been teaching in public schools for 25 years, including 16 years in an alternate school setting. She has taught grades 5-12, bringing a wealth of experience and a passion for reimagining and decolonizing education. Amanda resides on the ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). She is a former board member of AMES.

Workshop Facilitator

Red Buffalo Nova Weipert (he/him/them) is an Anishinaabe Ojibwe Two-Spirit and transgender interdiscipinary artist, writer, director, educator and storyteller. Nova is a proud enrolled member of the Pinaymootang First Nation located on Treaty 2 territory, and is a recent graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. As an interdisciplinary artist, they weave together a multiplicity of digital and traditional mediums such as video, photography, sound, illustration, beading, performance, and storytelling in exploring/experimenting with new modes of representation through the lens of their Anishinaabe Ojibwe lived and felt experiences. They are a long time collaborator with Access to Media Education Society, and their work has screened at festivals such as imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and Vancouver Queer Film Festival. As an educator/storyteller, they take pride in sharing their journey, knowledge and teachings to all ages, and they currently work as a sessional professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.  

Executive Director and Founder

Deblekha Guin
 was mostly raised in Six Nations territory (Southern Ontario), and has been an uninvited settler on the unsurrendered territories of the Penelakut, Lamulchi, and other Hul’quim’in’um speaking Nations for the past 27 years. Shortly after arriving on what is colonially known as ‘Galiano Island’, Guin got swept up by a merry band of creative misfits determined to start a film school in the woods. After a few years with the Gulf Islands Film and Television School (GIFTS),  and just before completing her MA in Communications from SFU, Deblekha founded the Access to Media Education Society (AMES).  Since the birth of AMES, she’s been instrumental in designing, coordinating and overseeing a multitude of participatory media arts initiatives, and related school-based outreach programs. In May 2020 Guin was recognized for her extensive work with BIPOC-centred creative communities when she was granted an “Intercultural Trust Award” at BC’s Anti-Racism Awards Ceremony.

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