Youth Board Member

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Artist and Educators on a bolod mission to revolutionize arts education

Are you looking for a unique opportunity? Have you been wanting to put your talent in leadership, activism, outreach, planning, and organizing to a great cause?

Well, look no further! If you are committed to building community arts programming and creating spaces for youth to creatively express themselves this opportunity is for you!

Who is Just BGRAPHIC

Just BGRAPHIC is a not-for-profit organization evolving as a social enterprise. As a non profit we create opportunities for the community to engage in non hobbyist arts programming that is geared toward career development and academic success. Our social conscience is rooted in the belief that students exposed to a culturally responsive curriculum that employs progressive pedagogies are more likely to succeed academically.

Quick Facts and Figures

  • Created arts programming in Toronto for over 12 years
  • Hired over 40 students during the summer
  • Provided over 2000 hours of volunteer time
  • Many of our alumni are active and working int he arts, education or community sectors.

What have we been up to?

  • Created a new online community for all of our members to engage, network and grow.
  • Created an online marketplace for local artist to sell their products
  • Created an online booking system for teachers, school and organizations to book workshops with our growing list of professional artist
  • Produced the most sought after dance conference for schools with over 200 students in attendance
  • Formed new partnerships with business like Wrappr to offer youth paid opportunities to create.
  • Brought on new art instructors tot he team
  • Launched a handful of new programs in 2022/2023, including programs celebrating Toronto’s Hip Hop Dance, sStep Dance, Dancehall & reggae history and culture.

How did COVID affect us? 

The 2 year pause caused us to refocus our vision. The break from the hustle of everyday life allowed us to reconnect with our roots, and confront the racial injustices in the face. We took the time to look inside and redesign the organization with a focus on decolonizing arts education. We believe that this is an opportunity for us to work together and promote our collective expertise as progressive artists and educators to combat racism through community arts educational programming.

Duties and Responsibilities

JBG Youth Board of Directors are volunteers who lead the organization and ensure that our work is impactful and accountable to our external stakeholders. Additional duties and responsibilities are to:

  1. Attend monthly board meetings (by video-conferencing)
  2. Provide proper governance and oversight to JBG through the review and implementation of strategic plans, operational policies, annual budgets, and programs and events.
  3. Participate in a board committee (Finance, Community Advisory Circle, Fundraising, and Governance )
  4. Act as an official representative of JBG
  5. Listen to stakeholders to ensure that the work of JBG responds to the needs of the communities we work with
  6. Foster a healthy organizational environment
  7. Comply with JBG’s legal obligations, code of ethics, bylaws, articles, and policies
  8. Uphold JBG’s mission, vision, and values in your leadership and conduct
  9. Participate in JBG programming when possible
  10. Provide guidance and support to the Executive Director and executive members

Please note that the Board of Directors is voluntary and serve without remuneration.

Who are we looking for?

We believe in a Youth Board of Directors that reflects the composition of our staff and the communities that we work with, so our priorities are individuals who identify as People of Colour, and/or 2SLGBTQIA+.

We are recruiting board members with backgrounds, experiences and interests in the following areas:

  • Community Arts
  • Youth Leadership
  • Team work
  • Event planning
  • Community engagement
  • Fundraising
  • Program planning
  • Leadership

Requirements

Prospective board members must share our values, believe that youth the voices of the BIPOC and 2SLGBTQIA+ arts community voices needs more representation.

  • That they are, at least, 16 years of age
  • Willing to attend monthly meetings and commit 10-20 hours a month to Board work; and
  • Willing to hold a 12 month renewable term.

Why get involved?

  • Give back to your community and support youth
  • Support decolonization of arts education in Ontario
  • Leadership experience in an organization with a national impact
  • Gain or sharpen your executive-level decision making and leadership skills
  • Build your network
  • Advance your career
  • Have fun and change lives

Recruitment Process

You can submit your expression of interest by applying below. No cover letter is necessary because our application form asks 4 questions. Selected candidates will be interviewed in mid-February to early-March for a start date in April.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

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Just BGRAPHIC

Artist and Educators on a bolod mission to revolutionize arts education

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