Community Youth Mentor, Student Assistant

Posted on August 27, 2021

Position overview

Position role: Contract

Employment Type: 10 hours/week from Oct 12-December 10, 2021.

  • Tuesdays, 4-6pm (weekly)*: Technical workshops.
  • Fridays, 4-6pm (weekly)*: Art labs.

Application Details

Applicants should submit their application package to Kim Hockey at:

Deadline to apply: September 26, 2021

Description: FCAT, in collaboration with Ethós Lab, is seeking two enthusiastic FCAT students to mentor youth, the majority of whom are Black, and guide them in twice weekly workshops exploring the connection between technology and artistic expression. The Student Assistants (SAs) will introduce kinetic typography in a weekly 2-hour technical workshop; the SAs will then support a 2-hour weekly art lab during which the youth will be guided through an art project using their recently learned technical skills. Workshops topics will include introductions to After Effects and kinetic typography.

The goal of the workshop series is to empower Black youth and provide the participants with an opportunity to develop skills that can be applied towards artistic expression.

Workshop content will be determined by SAs and in collaboration with Ethós leadership. The SAs will prepare the workshops and guide students through the weekly technical workshop, and be on hand for the weekly art lab during which the youth will apply their technical skills to an art project.

The SAs will be supervised by Anthonia Ogundele (Ethós, Executive Director) and Kim Hockey (FCAT, Associate Director of Community Engagement). Administrative support will be provided by SFU’s Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT).

Workshop timeline: 

  • October 12-31: Three weeks of preparation to determine workshop series learning outcomes, and preparing for upcoming workshops. Planning will be in collaboration with Ethós Lab.
  • November 1-December 3: Five weeks of workshops. Each week will include one 2 hour technical workshop and one 2-hour art lab.
  • December 4-10: Showcase.

We especially welcome candidates who identify as Black and have lived experience in Black communities.

Note: This program will be monitored while we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are planning for the program to be in-person, we will adapt as necessary to ensure compliance with the Provincial Health Officer’s safety recommendations.

Location: Ethós Lab, 2nd and Main St, Vancouver with the potential for remote activities.
Duration: 10 hours/week from Oct 12-December 10, 2021.

  • Tuesdays, 4-6pm (weekly)*: Technical workshops.
  • Fridays, 4-6pm (weekly) *: Art labs. 

 * If the SAs have a conflict with either of these dates, there is potential to reschedule around SA availability.

Rate of Pay:

Student assistants Rate per hour Benefits @ 4% Total per hour
Undergrad $20 $0.80 $21
Masters $25 $1.00 $26
PhD $30 $1.20 $31

Principle Duties:

Report to Anthonia Ogundele at Ethós Lab and Kim Hockey at Simon Fraser University.

  1. Provide instruction to youth on use and care of equipment, including but not limited to laptops.
  2. Request and acquire equipment from SFU schools and libraries for workshop projects, as necessary.
  3. Lead the work of students within the technical workshops, with support from Ethós leadership.
  4. Provide guidance and support to youth and Ethós leadership during weekly art labs.
  5. Attend weekly technical workshop and art lab. Workshops will take place in person at Ethós Lab (2nd and Main St) from November 1-December 3rd (dates and times to be selected within the SA availability).
  6. Coordinate and attend final Showcase, to take place during the week of December 4-10.
  7. Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Declared in an undergraduate or graduate program within SFU’s Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.

  • High proficiency with teaching the following software: Adobe After Effects.
  • High proficiency with all aspects of kinetic typography.
  • Demonstrated experience working with youth.
  • Ability to engage with students, answer questions and make decisions in a workshop setting.
  • Ability to guide tutorials introducing and providing best practices for use of selected software and equipment.
  • Ability to give creative feedback and engage with students.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to interact professionally with a wide range of members of the public.
  • Reliable with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong problem solving skills and the ability to work independently.


  • Complete a CRRA criminal record check.

Preference will be given to:

  • Students currently enrolled in, or who have successfully completed, IAT 100: Digital Image Design.

Application process:

Send by email to Kim Hockey, Associate Director, Communication, Art and Technology (

  • Cover letter indicating why you are interested in participating in this project.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Unofficial transcript.
  • Name and contact information of 2 references. Please indicate relationship to references.

Offer letters, contracts and all correspondences will be sent via email.

For information, please contact Kim Hockey at Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Thank you for your interest.

Closing Date: September 26, 2021.