Help grow the YACC community by hosting some fun events in your city!
Since 2012, Localife has been connecting young adults dealing with cancer in their own communities through fun, casual events and opportunities. We are always on the hunt for great new leaders to help YACC with its mission of being “a connection to peers, bridge out of isolation, and source of inspiration.” We are currently recruiting for Calgary, Edmonton, and Ottawa!
The “job” description
Localife is run by volunteer teams of two who have been diagnosed with cancer or have supported someone who was diagnosed as a young adult.
The role requires you to:
- Work together to plan at least five social events per year (this can be anything from a walk in the park, to trivia night, to attending a sports game);
- Coordinate various Facebook group engagement activities throughout year (i.e. photo challenges, etc.);
- Submit some minor reporting after the event; and,
- Help with advocacy and awareness activities in your area where applicable.
- You’re a young adult aged 18-39, who received (or support someone who received) a cancer diagnosis between the ages of 0 and 39;
- You live in, or near, the city of recruitment. Currently Localife exists in eight cities (St. John’s, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria);
- You, or the person you support, are at least one-year post-treatment (those diagnosed with chronic or metastatic cancer, please still apply); and,
- You have attended at least one YACC event or program (if you have never attended a YACC event, you must provide at least one reference from a professional involved in providing cancer care/support).
- Passionate about helping others and have volunteer experience;
- Outgoing, friendly, charismatic, and enthusiastic about community building;
- Empathetic, caring, and respectful;
- A self-starter who is able to work independently and effectively manage time without feeling overwhelmed. You must also be able to communicate with your co-leader in a timely manner, especially in the lead up to events;
- Someone with integrity and trustworthiness;
- Comfortable writing or speaking about YACC;
- Comfortable being active on Facebook (specifically within a private Localife group for your specific city);
- In a place of peace and acceptance with your personal cancer experience;
- Bilingual (not necessary, but would be viewed as an asset).
Here’s what some of our other leaders had to say about their experiences:
“Localife changed me in ways I can’t even explain, I loved every single minute with every single person that attended. We always had a natural connection and I still hope that I will be able to attend a few events after I am replaced. Each part of YACC, little or small has made a huge impact on me.”
– Kelly, Localife St. John’s
“Leading Localife is kind of like deciding to throw a party in the middle of a hurricane. All hell is breaking loose and you shout through the chaos, “Hey! Pull up a chair!” What a gift to be able to help facilitate connection and community for other young adult cancer survivors on their journey. In my opinion, leading Localife is badass and a lot of fun. Yup, there will be moments when your heart breaks as you listen to someone’s story, but trust me, even those moments become part of why you walk away from an event with a quiet smile and a full heart. Here’s to navigating the storms together!”
– Jenna, Localife Calgary
If you think you’d make a great Localife leader, please complete our open call for volunteer online application form by October 6, 2023.
If you have any trouble accessing the form or need to submit your information in another format, please email [email protected] for alternative options.
Please note, this form is an open call for all volunteer positions within YACC. If another position also tickles your fancy, feel free to indicate so on the form.