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#CalltoEmpower Program Lead

Starting Date April 1, 2021

Organization Overview

Employ to Empower (ETE) supports residents in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) community by providing access to development and entrepreneurial resources. Our resources include affordable micro-loans and business mentorship, with the goal of having a long-term impact on our members’ personal and economic well being. We also actively advocate for creating positive social change in the DTES.

This collaborative COVID-19 response mobilized Employ to Empower entrepreneurs from the DTES to offer 1:1 phone call support to socially isolated residents in the Downtown Eastside community. We recognize that entrepreneurs in our programs have lived expertise with poverty and homelessness, and are well-equipped and enthusiastic about giving back to their community through these phone calls. Each #CalltoEmpower peer supporter received an honorarium, mentorship, training, and administration

Position Description

Title Description: #CalltoEmpower Program Lead
Reporting To: Christina Wong, Executive Director
Location: Virtual and in Person
Desired Start Date: April 2021
Commitment: April 2021 – September 2021
Position Type: Practicum – Virtual

Position Summary

Your primary roles include supporting Employ to Empower’s #CalltoEmpower programs. You will be championing the #CalltoEmpower program through a blend of member check-in calls, administrative work with a goal of keeping people socially connected while providing people with lived experiences a social and economic opportunity.

Key Accountabilities

Your primary roles include providing check-in phone calls to the peers, recording their call minutes online, and conducting intake with peers who call the #CalltoEmpower phone to register for the program throughout the week. The goal is to keep people socially connected during a time of social isolation.

-Do intake calls with members in the DTES to get connected to a buddy
-Call to check-in on peers in the program once per month to see how their calls with their members went and how we can further support
-Record honorariums Tuesday onto the Mastersheet so that we can pay honorariums to peers, thus supporting them economically


Compassionate and cares deeply for the DTES community
Strong interpersonal skills and high relational empathy
2+ years of experience volunteering/working in the DTES
Immensely strong communication on email, phone and text
Experience advising high growth ambitious startups and initiatives
Personal entrepreneurship experience
You are a problem solver with Hands-on mentality
You want to learn and help in any way possible
Keen desire to be a part of something great that positively impacts society especially in times of crisis
You are proactive to collaborate remotely


Must be enrolled in post-secondary education and have completed, or be in the process of completing, a degree in Social Work, Communications, and/or Arts and Social Sciences

Application Procedure