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April 19, 2016

Research Assistant –Youth Leadership Development Program (YLD)

Program Description

The SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre has partnered with the YMCA to offer a program called Youth Leadership Development (YLD). YLD is a youth leadership development program that gives youth ages 10-18 a chance to grow as individuals and learn what it means to be a leader in their community. Youth explore relevant issues in today's society in a safe and fun environment while building positive relationships and preparing for their future. This program runs from September – June every year in several locations across the Surrey community.

During the Summer of 2016, YLD will be running Youth Institute (YI), a Digital Media Program (DMP) to empower young people, ages 12-17, through technology to find and express their voice while making a healthy and active impact living in their community. The program will be mainly project-based and includes active learning, group work and team building while developing positive relationships and leadership skills. Youth will use digital media to story tell, promote and create an action plan to advocate for change in their community, specifically around the topic of “youth transitions” (ie. transition from elementary to high school and from high school to the next step). The YI will encourage safe, thoughtful conversations about the under-discussed, important topics of teen social life while teaching young people to critically analyze media, produce digital content and use social networks for advocacy of what they are passionate about.

There will be five, two-week sessions for DMP from June 27 – September 2, 2016.
The program runs Monday-Friday between 10:00am-4:00pm.

Opportunity Description

The SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre is looking for a Research Assistant to work with a program evaluation expert at the YMCA to help put together an evaluation plan and implement the evaluation on the Youth Institute Program and provide a report on the findings.

The following indicators may include (but are not limited to):

Input: financial resources, human resources, administrative resources, equipment

Process: number of participants, number of participants that complete the program, number of key stakeholders involved, participant satisfaction, program implementation

Outcome and Impact: Youth Development (relationship building, safety, youth participation, skill building and community involvement), education/learning (that is active, collaborative, meaningful, supports mastery and expands horizons), individual capacity (confidence, self-esteem, social skills), community building (among participants, volunteers), lowered perceived barriers to higher education, understanding of youth transition issues

Time Frame

  • The YI program evaluation plan to be ready by the end of June, 2016.
  • Evaluation implementation from the end of June 2016 – September 2, 2016.
  • Report due end of September 2016.

The research assistant will start beginning of May 2016 and end September 30, 2016. Overall, the incumbent is expected to work approximately 100 hours over 25 weeks.


The YI will be held at the SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre located at 10350, University Drive, Surrey.

The incumbent will attend the program as needed for evaluation implementation. There is no designated location for work conducted outside the hours of the program and will be at a time/location that is convenient for the RA.

Opportunity Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and currently enrolled in a Graduate degree at SFU, with previous experience in: research and evaluation; evaluation and survey design; data analysis; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail
  • Well organized and able to work independently
  • Must have a keen interest in the subject matter
  • Able to use computer programs to gather, organize and analyze data
  •  Clean criminal record check (this will be a condition for employment. If you are being considered as a candidate, we will provide more information on how to get this requirement completed)

Application Instructions

If you are interested in this position, please email Rachel Nelson ( with your resume and cover letter by Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

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