The Youth Advisory Committee - Ten Oaks Project

Youth Advisory Committee

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) plans and runs Project Acorn while sharing and building new skills. Project Acorn is a four-day radical, community-building camp for youth from 2SLGBTQ+ identities, families, and communities. The YAC is made up of eight youth between the ages of 16-24 (as of July 2020) and are led by a four-person volunteer Project Acorn Leadership Team and the Ten Oaks Project Programs Manager.

Roles and Responsibilities

The YAC will commit to working from January-August, with bi-weekly two-hour meetings. Every third meeting will be on a Saturday and will be longer so we can get lots done all together.  All members must be on site for the entirety of Project Acorn (five days in July). YAC tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with the development, implementation and facilitation of Project Acorn’s structure and program (including identifying workshops and activities for the 2019 program),
  • Ensuring that the voices, interests and needs of youth in 2SLGBTQ+ communities are centred in the development and implementation process of Project Acorn,
  • Facilitating pod groups (our words for cabin groups), and
  • Ensuring that glitter is appropriately distributed throughout the campsite

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

We will be accepting applications for the YAC in December 2019 – stay tuned for more details!

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)
  • Why would you like to become a member of the YAC?
  • Why are you interested in being involved in a 2SLGBTQ+ youth community-building program?
  • What are two key issues that youth in 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 bit about how you personally and professionally live these values in your day-to-day life?
  • What strengths and experiences will you bring to the YAC?
  • Being on the YAC requires a large time commitment, what time do you have to volunteer? (Bi-weekly meetings for 8 months 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.


Project Acorn offers its Youth Advisory Committee members 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: $50
  • Tier 3: $100
  • Tier 4: $150

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 YAC selection process. If you are considering applying as a volunteer for Project Acorn, please know that we can guarantee you an honourarium of $150 and we will do our best to accommodate all requests above $150. 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 YAC members select. This information will be held on the strictest confidence.