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Among Friends (LGBTQ+ Newcomer) Program Assistant

About Access Alliance:

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services is a multi-service community agency that works to improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees, and their communities. We do this by facilitating access to services and addressing systemic inequities. The Centre envisions a future in which Toronto’s diverse communities achieve health with dignity.


Position Title: Among Friends (LGBTQ+ Newcomer) Program Assistant

Placement Type: In-person

Number of Positions Available: 1

Worksite Location and Conditions: On-site at these two locations

AccessPoint on Danforth (3079 Danforth Ave, Scarborough, ON M1L 1A8)

AccessPoint on Jane (761 Jane St. 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M6N 4B4)


Brief Description of Practicum Project:

With the guidance and supervision of Health Promoter/Project Coordinator, the student will assist and support the Among Friends (LGBTQ+ Newcomer) Program planning, implementation, data and administrative tasks and management, and facilitation.

The student will participate in program planning processes, designing and administering need assessment and evaluation surveys. The student will assist with event planning and be hands-on with organizing and engaging volunteers and participants. They will support with the registration and intake processes as well as assist with the logistic management of workshops, group activities and events with usually a large number of participants.

The student will work in an environment of access, equity, anti-racism, and anti-oppression framework.


Learning Outcomes/Goals:

  • Evidence-informed program planning, facilitation, and Implementation skills
  • Quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis skills
  • Developing effective outreach materials and outreach skills
  • Effective outreach techniques Professional communication skills and effective teamwork Anti-oppression, equity, and inclusion (framework)  


Qualifications/Competencies Required:

  • Post-secondary education in any discipline of Social Sciences /Health Science or equivalent at University/ College Intermediate level skills working with Excel
  • Experience with or desire to obtain experience working with LGBTQ+ newcomer populations in Toronto
  • Strong commitment to learning
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated problem-solving, organizational and time-management skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including ability to use Microsoft Office Suites
  • Ability to travel among the different Access Alliance offices in Toronto and to work in the evening working hours as relevant.


Benefits to the Student:

The student will

  • Learn how to plan and implement community-based programs and services, design and develop communication tools for maximizing the efficiency of planning and implementation of social programs and services.
  • Learn and apply learning in effective outreach and communication in the social service and health sectors;
  • Gain exposure to social service client populations with complex intersectionality, high need and high potential.
  • Work and learn from an interdisciplinary team serving an extremely diverse population in a unionized organization


Placement Period: January 2024 – May 2024


Supervisor Name and Title: Fei Tang, Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives


Application Deadline: December 8, 2023


To Apply:

Complete an application form by clicking here


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