The Leadership Team - Ten Oaks Project

Leadership Team

The Project Acorn Leadership Team is a four-person team of volunteer coordinators who select the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) and Roots of our Communities (ROC) volunteer teams each year, guide and support the YAC in the development and delivery of Project Acorn, and oversee the evaluation of the program and its volunteers with the support of Ten Oaks Project’s Programs Manager. The Coordinators include ROC and YAC Programming and Support Coordinators, who work from an anti-oppressive and sex-positive framework. YAC Coordinators must be between the ages of 16-24, and ROC Coordinators must be aged 25+.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Leadership Team will commit to working from January-September, with bi-weekly two-hour YAC meetings as well as occasional Saturdays . It is an expectation that the Leadership Team will attend most of these weekly meetings held in Ottawa in-person. All members must be on site for the entirety of Project Acorn (July 10-14, 2019).

Coordinator’s tasks include, but are not limited to:

In this work, the Leadership Team will uphold and implement the mission, vision and values of the Ten Oaks Project, as well as the Project Acorn framework, policies and procedures.  At all times, the Leadership Team is focused on ensuring that the voices, interests and needs of youth from 2SLGBTQ+ identities, families and communities are at the centre of the development and implementation process of Project Acorn. Please note that the staffing of this position is contingent on the successful candidate’s satisfactory completion of a police reference check.

How to Apply

Our application process looks like submitting a copy of your resume and a cover letter (which can take the format of a letter or the creative medium of your choice, such as a video or piece of art) that includes the following information:

  • Your contact information (name, address, phone number, email),
  • Which Coordinator position are you applying for (YAC Programming or Support Coordinator, or ROC Programming or Support Coordinator)?
  • Why would you like to become a member of the Leadership Team?
  • What strengths and experiences would you bring to the Leadership Team?
  • What are two key issues that youth from 2SLGBTQ+ communities are facing in Ontario that you think the YAC/Project Acorn should be able to support?
  • Anti-oppression and anti-racism principles are integral to the Ten Oaks Project culture. Tell us a little about how you personally and professionally live these values in your day-to-day life?
  • Being on the Leadership Team requires a large time commitment, what time do you have available to volunteer? (Weekly two-hour meetings for 8 months plus leadership team meetings to be mostly attended in person in Ottawa, site visit, some additional work over emails / in-person)
  • The names and contact information for two references (one must be professional).

All applicants must be able to attend an interview (in-person, over the phone, or via Skype)

The Ten Oaks Project is committed to implementing a racially and ethnically diverse, anti-ageist, gender-varied, economically-mixed and multi-abled staff team of people from 2SLGBTQ+ identities, families and communities. We encourage self-identification on your cover letter, and will be prioritizing BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of colour); and as well as transwomen, transfeminine folks, and women with trans histories.

The Ten Oaks Project office (where YAC meetings will be held) and the Project Acorn site are physically accessible for those using mobility devices. Please feel free to contact us with specific questions about accessibility.

Please submit applications by email to

Applications will remain open until filled.


Project Acorn offers its volunteers a tiered scale honorarium to cover expenses such as time off work and transportation to and from camp.

  • Tier 1: I do not require an honourarium
  • Tier 2: $150
  • Tier 3: $350
  • Tier 4: $500

To help us make Project Acorn accessible to as many people as possible, we ask that you select the tier that best reflects your budget. If none of the honourarium levels would make volunteering at Project Acorn accessible to you, the Programs Manager is available to discuss options.

Please note that you will not be asked about honourariums until you are offered a position at Project Acorn; we do not want anyone to feel that if they ask for higher honourarium amounts, it will reflect poorly on them in the volunteer selection process. If you are considering applying as a volunteer for Project Acorn, please know that we can guarantee you an honourarium of $500 and we will do our best to accommodate all requests above $500. We will confirm your honorarium amount prior to your participation in Project Acorn.

Only the Programs Manager, the Executive Director and the Treasurer will know the tier volunteers select. This information will be held on the strictest confidence.