The Community Organizers Program
Do you have a community program idea that could help strengthen the physical, sexual, social, or mental health and wellbeing of the GBQ and Gender Diverse people in BC? Whether it’s a support group for newcomers, a group cycling activity, or a group to learn about fetish, HIM can help support, host and promote your program through the Community Organizers program!
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Working toward our vision of “GBQ men and Gender Diverse people building healthy lives together” we want to empower members of our diverse communities to organize and lead community programs that will help address community needs which might be under-served under existing programs led directly by HIM.
By becoming a Community Organizer with HIM, you will have the full support of HIM staff to develop your own community program idea which you will be able to host at HIM and promote to HIM’s audience. Also groups hosted through the Community Organizers program will have a chance to benefit from financial support to assist with costs associated with organizing and facilitating.
HOW TO BECOME A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
Starting with completing the application form below, Community Organizers candidates will be invited to attend a complimentary (optional) Leadership Training workshop provided by HIM on quarterly basis. Community Organizer candidates will also be invited to submit their community program ideas and work together with HIM staff to outline the support they need to bring those ideas to life.
WHY BECOME A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER WITH HIM
Organizing a community program is a great way to give back, help support under-served members of the community and take a leading role in the community in addressing some of the issues that might affect you and people like you. Also, working together with HIM means that you’ll have the resources and the support you want/need to flesh out your program ideas and get them off the ground.
OUR PAST COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS
HIM is working with an extraordinary group of Community Organizers who have been designing and delivering unique community programming. Click below and take a look at their profiles and the work they have been doing with HIM:
Edmond T. Cheng
Get Kinky with HIM
Grey & Golden
APPLY TO BECOME A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER AT HIM!
WHO IS/CAN BE A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER?
A Community Organizer (CO) with HIM is an individual who:
- Is a member of (or an ally to) the GBQ men and Gender Diverse communities who is passionate about strengthening the health and wellbeing of the community
- Has the capacity, willingness and drive to contribute time and effort into designing and leading community programming
- Resides in (or willing to commute to) Fraser Valley and Vancouver regions
- Has a relevant and feasible community program ideas (or is willing to work with HIM to find community program ideas) and willing to lead the implementation of said ideas
- Possesses leadership skills that enables them to lead, organize and facilitate community groups/programming that caters to diverse groups of GBQ men and Gender Diverse people in the community
- Values-aligned with HIM organization
COMMUNITY ORGANIZER V. VOLUNTEER?
How is being a Community Organizer different from being a Volunteer with HIM?
HIM deeply values the contributions of our volunteers and we always look for ways to deepen the relationships we have with our volunteers. Community Organizers offers an opportunity for some of our volunteers who would like to continue to contribute with their time and skills to deliver HIM’s mission but do so in a leadership capacity where they can design and deliver programming as opposed to support existing programs. All Community Organizers are considered part of the broader HIM volunteers community.
HOW DOES HIM SUPPORT COs?
What does HIM’s “Host, Support and Promote” model entail?
HIM “Hosts” Community Organizers (COs) by:
- Providing the physical space for COs community program activities, either at HIM’s own spaces or by liaising with 3rd party community spaces within HIM’s network
- Providing the institutional umbrella under-which COs can carry out their community program activities
- Secure necessary licenses and approvals for approved community program activities
HIM “Supports” COs by:
- Providing cost assistance to the community program
- Sharing talent resources and expertise
- Lending the influence of the HIM brand and leadership raise the profile of the COs community programs
HIM Promotes COs by:
- Providing marketing strategy and implementation support to help raise awareness about the COs community programs across HIM’s network
- Raise the profile of COs in the community
MUST I HAVE AN IDEA IN ORDER TO APPLY?
Do I already have to have a community program/group idea in order to be able to apply to become a Community Organizer?
While HIM is ultimately looking for Community Organizers who have relevant community ideas that can feasibly be adopted as community programs, you do not have to have ready program idea in order to apply to join the HIM’s network of Community Organizers. Your passion and skills are what matter the most, and HIM is happy to work closely with you to help you identify a community program idea.
The complimentary Leadership Training workshop will be a great venue for you to explore ideas that match your skills and interests. Also, as a member of the Community Organizers network, you will be offered opportunities to co-lead/facilitate existing programs/groups until you develop a community program idea you that you would like to lead on your own.
IS THERE A DEADLINE TO APPLY?
There is no deadline to apply to become a Community Organizer with HIM. Application is open all-year-round and all applicants will be invited to sign-up to a complimentary (optional) leadership training workshop, however candidates who apply will be considered and interviewed when the HIM team’s capacity allows.
WHAT IF MY PROGRAM IDEA ISN'T SELECTED?
By applying to become a Community Organizer you automatically become part of the Community Organizers candidates network and you will be invited to attend a complimentary (optional) leadership training workshop, you will also be invited to submit a program plan for your community program idea. In case you’re proposed program plan does not get selected, you will still continue to be part of the Community Organizers network and you will be invited to re-submit community ideas periodically. Additionally, you will be given the opportunity to apply to become a co-facilitator for existing community groups/programs and attend more leadership training workshops.
WHAT'S DOES THE INTERVIEW INVOLVE?
After you apply to become a Community Organizer candidate, you will be invited to submit a community program plan. Following your program plan submission you’ll be invited to an interview with the Engagement and Outreach team at HIM to help determine the readiness and relevance of your proposed community program idea. The interview will evaluate your program idea against a set criteria and you will be notified of the outcome of that evaluation shortly after your interview. Regardless of the outcome of the interview, you will still continue to be part of the Community Organizers candidates network and you will be invited to re-submit community program plans again.
WHAT'S THE CRITERIA?
What’s the criteria for a successful Community Organizers program/group idea?
For a CO program idea to be considered, it must:
- Be relevant: It addresses a evident need in the GBQ men and Gender Diverse communities
- Feasible: You and HIM have the combined skills, resources and expertise to deliver it in a meaningful way
- Timely: It comes at an appropriate time and its implementation timeframe is realistic and sensible
- Aligned to HIM’s Vision, Mission and Values
- Serves the GBQ men and Gender Diverse communities within BC