Schenectady LGBTQ Youth Peer Support Group

Schenectady LGBTQ Youth Peer Support Group

Youth Peer Support Group Facilitators will provide leadership and support to the Schenectady’s LGBTQ Youth Peer Support Group, which meets the third Thursday of every month from 6 to 7:30pm.

The successful candidate for this volunteer position will possess strong leadership skills, including group facilitation and management. Patience and decisiveness are a must. Must have the ability to maintain and convey a high degree of confidentiality while representing the organization in managing risks.


  • Ensure orderly and engaging Youth Group sessions;
  • Create an atmosphere of respect and confidentiality for all Youth Group members;
  • Create and lead activities with Youth Group members, welcoming their input and ideas;
  • Adhere to Group Rules and enforce the Rights and Responsibilities with Youth Group members;
  • Maintain appropriate paperwork on Youth members, including Intake Forms and Sign-in/Sign-Out process for each Youth Group session;
  • Work with Pride Center staff on reporting and debriefing after each Youth Group session;
  • Report any incidents in Youth Group, or outside of Group, to Pride Center staff, including completing appropriate incident reports;
  • Commit to serving as a Youth Facilitator for 6 consecutive months, staffing Youth Group once every other month. At the 6 month mark your involvement will be evaluated and together we will determine whether you will continue serving as a Facilitator.
  • Additional duties and expectations as the needs arise.


  1. Each Youth Group Facilitator will complete an Application with 3 character references to begin their screening process. Once the Application is submitted, Youth Facilitators should send their resume to: James Shultis at AND John Crowe at
  2. Potential facilitators should schedule a meeting with John Crowe by calling 424.2724.
  3. Once they have been screened by John Crowe and references checked, Facilitators will be notified of their status.
  4. If accepted, and agree to a 6-month commitment, an orientation session will be scheduled with Pride Center staff to review procedures and protocol as well as schedule at least 2 apprentice Youth Group sessions with existing facilitators.
  5. Facilitators will be asked to lead Youth Group once they, and Pride Center staff, feel they are prepared.
  6. After the orientation session, Facilitators will be asked to complete some basic training on an ongoing basis to equip them better in their role, including:
    CPR/ First AIDSuicide Prevention
    General Facilitator Skills Building