Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Join Us: Girlvolution 2017 Volunteer Opportunities

Powerful Voices 2017 Girlvolution Conference
Save the Date: April 22, 2017, 10am-4pm

At Powerful Voices our mission is to invite girls to realize their dreams, engage their communities and shape a more just world. We do this through employment programs, case management, and by facilitating girls groups in middle schools and juvenile detention centers. We also build community and support for the girls of Powerful Voices through annual community engagement events like our Girl Justice Training Series and Girlvolution, a youth-led, social justice conference.

Our Activistas program is a 12 week employment program for up to 14 girls who will be supported by trained Adult Allies to create and present an interactive workshop for 50-60 people on a social justice topic that impacts them and their community. These workshops will be presented at the on Saturday, April 22, 10am-4pm. Girlvolution is an event that reaches between 200-300+ youth and adults of all genders who come together in the name of justice and youth voice. The conference is 100% youth-led, featuring performances by youth under 21 and a resource fair of up to 25 community partners.

Powerful Voices is currently looking to connect with like-minded, youth and family serving organizations or businesses who may be interested in sponsoring or partnering with Powerful Voices to support Girlvolution 2017. Here are some ways that you can get involved:  
  • Fiscal sponsorship between $250-$5000 to help cover venue costs, rentals, food, youth participant incentives, and promotional materials (more details upon request)
  • Community partnership including table at the resource fair, panel or workshop by youth under 21 at Girlvolution
  • Promotion and marketing including pro-bono graphic design, web and printed materials
  • In-kind donations of services and items including food, snacks, craft materials
  • Volunteer or get a group of volunteers together to assist at Dress Rehearsal (Apr 1), Set up (Apr 21) and Girlvolution (Apr 22)
  • Bring a group of youth! Free admission for adults who bring a group of 5 or more youth.

Watch this to get an insider’s view into Girlvolution! Please contact Kary Kwong-Lee, MSW Community Engagement Intern, at kary@powerfulvoices.org or call 206.860.1026 for more details and information.

2017 Volunteer Opportunities
  • Dress Rehearsals (April 112-4pm) - Listen and provide feedback to girls from our ActiveVistas employment program as they prepare their interactive workshops for audiences of 50+ people.
  • Set-Up Crew (April 216-10pm- Bring your muscle and your brains to help transform the South Seattle College - Georgetown Campus into the Girlvolution conference headquarters.
  • Girlvolution 2017 (April 229:30-4pm, Various shifts available) - It will take a total of over 120 volunteers to bring this event to hundreds of youth and allies. Bring your powerful self and support girl justice in action!
  • Donate (Ongoing) - We are always looking for photographers, graphic designers, printers, videographers, youth DJs and performers + donations of food, drinks and more! Share your resources, community connections and in-kind donations to draw youth and their allies from all over WA state.

Interested and ready to sign on? 
Please email Kary at kary@powerfulvoices.org, MSW Community Engagement Intern.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

We are hiring a Case Manager!

Powerful Voices (PV) invites girls to realize their dreams, engage their communities and shape a more just world.  Since 1995, Powerful Voices has been promoting social justice and addressing inequity at its root by promoting the individual potential of girls.  Our mission is to focus on girls most impacted by oppression and violence. We serve young people who identify and/or have been socialized as girls.  We primarily serve girls of color, ages 12-18, who are living in low-income households.

Powerful Voices is hiring a full-time Case Manager to work closely with the lead Case Manager.  Powerful Voices provides case management services to Seattle-area middle and high school girls who have experienced violence. This position is responsible for ensuring that case management and advocacy are available and delivered to young people referred to us through our partnership with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI).

Young people either request case management or are referred to it by an adult that knows them.  Case managment is voluntary and Powerful Voices needs and wants consent from the young person and their guardian to work with them.  Case managers maintain regular contact with young people and aim to serve as role models, advocates and life coaches. They follow and maintain professional boundaries with young folks and may visit them at school, home, and in the community.  Where and how often a young person and case manager stay in communication and meet is determined by them on an ongoing basis.

Beyond supporting young people with their personal goals, case managers aim to help young folks improve school success; increase involvement in positive activities; increase employability skills; and if applicable engage in treatment; improve housing stability; improve family relationships; and reduce criminal involvement and behavior.  Our qualified and experienced case managers take time to build relationships with young people based on respect and to provide individual services that include, but are not limited to:

  • Setting short and long term goals that include identifying young people’s strengths, barriers they are facing, people and places of support, and action steps
  • Promoting and practicing healthy relationship and communication skills
  • Providing advocacy to ensure that young folks are treated justly.  
  • Assisting with finding safe and effective ways to navigate the systems that they are apart of like school, court, social services, etc.
  • Connecting young people to mentors, programs, employment and training opportunities, resources, and positive activities based on their needs and interests

To read more about the responsibilities, benefits, salary range, etc. of a Case Manager, check out the full job description.

How to Apply:

  • All applications must include (all in ONE PDF document):
    • Resume
    • Cover letter
  • Applications will be received by email. No phone calls or snail mail please. Email applications to info@powerfulvoices with Subject line: Case Manager/YOUR NAME
  • Please make note of the following dates: If  you are selected for interviews, we will be conducting 15 minute phone interviews on March 9th and 10th, and in-person interviews will be conducted between March 15th - 17th. The ideal start date for this position is the second week in April.

Application deadline is Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Powerful Voices is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  People of color, People who have been socialized and/or identify as womxn, people of all gender identities, and LGBTQ folks are strongly encouraged to apply.