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The Ambassadors Program

Note:
The Ambassadors Program is currently on hold due to COVID-19

Ambassadors are recruited directly from the PARC membership. They are trained to speak publicly about the barriers and impact of homelessness, poverty, food insecurity and social / economic exclusion. Within this framework they promote the creation healing alternatives and social justice change.

Our Solution

This program is for PARC Members living in Parkdale who have had personal experiences with poverty, mental health, substance use risk, homelessness.

Eligibility Requirements

Can You Apply

To become a PARC ambassador, members must show they:

  • are an active member in good standing.
  • are familiar with and connected to PARC and its programs.
  • have completed Knowledge is Power workshop series and training.
  • are outgoing and willing to engage people in PARC and the community.
  • work as a member of a team.
  • have good communication skills and are willing to develop to achieve Ambassadors Program goals.
  • can represent PARC and member interests in public forums, community convening events, fund-raising activities and other assignments as directed.
  • are motivated to learn and develop personal advocacy skills.
  • have basic organization, computer and literacy skills.

How To Apply

If you are interested in becoming a PARC Ambassador and are sure you can make the necessary commitment to the program, you can pick up a copy of the Ambassador application from our Employment Facilitator.

The Ambassadors Program operates year-round, and Ambassadors participate in the program for two-year terms. Each ambassador dedicates up 6-8 hours per month at their placement site.

If you have any questions or would like more information please call: (416) 537-2262 or email: info@parc.on.ca

Schedule

The Ambassadors Program operates year round, and ambassadors participate in the program for two year terms. Each ambassador dedicates up 6-8 hours per month at their placement site.

Program Details

The PARC Ambassadors Team engages in advocacy and public education work. Ambassador practices are framed by sharing of lived experiences aligned with action to address the poverty, discrimination and social / economic exclusion barriers experienced by mental health survivors.

Ambassadors defined peer leadership as leading from a place of lived experience. They identified the Ambassadors as a teaching and mentoring role. Key responsibilities include communication and outreach, advocacy, active listening, being respectful as well as respected, supporting one another in the group and being informed.

Ambassadors Program Outcomes: Applicants should be aware that this program can lead to significant personal confidence gains as well as access to other volunteer and employment opportunities. However, direct employment upon graduation is not guaranteed.

Former participants have said being an ambassador increased their confidence, public speaking skills, and knowledge of how to advocate for systemic change.