Volunteer Opportunity

Remote Facilitator Training Program

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Montreal, QC, Canada


Published 1 month ago

October 20, 2020
12:00am EDT
February 16, 2021
11:59pm EST
A few hours per week

Remote Facilitator Training Program

👩‍🏫👨‍🏫Remote Facilitator Training Program

Are you hoping to learn how to lead online workshops and how to use digital tools to drive learning? Do you learn best by doing? Are you passionate about social impact and youth empowerment?

Read on!

UpstartED's Facilitator Program is a free professional development and career advancement opportunity spanning 9 weeks. At UpstartED, facilitators work closely with our team to not only impact youth but also to acquire real world experience on social innovation at the intersection between design, technology and entrepreneurship. We are looking for a total of 30 individual committed facilitators to join us this year!

This program is first and foremost a learning opportunity for people who want to integrate facilitation techniques into their professional and personal toolkit. Given COVID-19's impact on the education system, we will be delivering our programs using distance learning until the end of the upcoming academic year. For this first time in our organization's history, we will be combining digital, asynchronous learning with live workshops for youth. This makes it an exciting time to learn alongside our team of Learning Designers and senior facilitators! 

Some things that you will be learning:

✨ How to create a safe space for conversation, creativity and innovation

🙌🏾 How to move from debate to collaboration

🖥 Finding a balance between asynchronous and synchronous learning

🚀 What is design thinking and how to facilitate design thinking workshops online

We ask facilitators to commit to 50 hours of learning that includes coaching, access to video modules, and practical experience applying their skills through UpstartED's youth-facing workshops. The people who successfully complete the program get certified by UpstartED and join our network of recommended facilitators.

NOTE: Please note that this is a free program, and that facilitators who deliver workshops during the 9-week period are volunteering their time.

Learn more about UpstartED and our programs by visiting our website:



While previous experience is always welcome, we strongly encourage anyone who fits the following criteria to apply:

- CEGEP, university students or recent graduates wishing to grow their leadership skills at the heart of an organization with purpose;

- People who are interested in personal development and want to develop their facilitation skills and get certified by UpstartED;

- People who are new to design (learning experience design, service design, Design Thinking...) and are looking  to develop facilitation skills;

- Community members who are interested in design, technology, and entrepreneurship;

- Students doing a BA or MA in Education (this opportunity is closely aligned with learning objectives of students in Education Technology programs) or those interested in learning more about Education

- People who are passionate about making education relevant to youth today, specially in times of distanced  learning;

- Anyone who loves giving back to the community and learning new things.



Please note that this is an intensive 9-week program. It is structured in 3 modules, each lasting 3 weeks. Please note that we will have 3 cohorts, the first one will start the last week of October, the second one will begin in January and the last one will begin in March, this is why we are accepting rolling applications. As an UpstartED facilitator you are committing to the following online meetings:

Cohort #1

Module 1 dates

Week 1 → October 20th and 21st (2h per day)

Week 2→ October 27th and 28th (1h per day)

Week 3→ Two x 1hour interview facilitation sessions November 2nd - 6th

Module 2 dates

Week 1 → November 10th and 11th (2h per day)

Week 2→ November 17th and 18th (1h per day)

Week 3→ Three x 2 hours workshops on the week of Nov 23rd - 27th

Module 3 dates

Week 1→ December 1st and 2nd (2h per day)

Week 2 → December 8th - 9th (1h per day)

Week 3→ Three x 2 hours workshops on the week of Dec 14th - Dec 23rd

Coaching dates

Module 1 → November 7th (2h)

Module 2 → November 28th (2h)

Module 3 → December 19th or 22nd (2h)

***Time and schedule subject to change***

The overall time commitment is as follows:

→ Attending 24 hours of training sessions

→ Facilitating 18 hours of workshops

→ Attending the weekend debriefing sessions on Workshop Week

More details:

-Cohort #2 and #3 dates will be released in December and February respectively, please expect a similar time commitment to the one outlined above.

- Each module will have training sessions happening the 1st and 2nd week over two days. The training sessions will usually be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, between 1 - 2h each day for a total of 6h of training per module. The 1st week we will focus on Facilitation Essentials and the 2nd week we will focus on preparation for the following week’s workshop or interview session with a mentor. These sessions will happen in the afternoon after 4PM (exact time TBD).

- Workshop week schedule is TBD. We will send the schedule in advance for you to choose the 3 workshops you’d like to facilitate. The Saturday following each Workshop week, we will schedule a 2h session where we will debrief on the week’s workshops and do some reflection exercises.

Please submit your application below. A member of our team will contact you within 24 hours with next steps. For any questions, contact UpstartED’s Programs Success Lead: Andrea, at

👩‍🏫👨‍🏫Remote Facilitator Training Program

Are you hoping to learn how to lead online workshops and how to use digital tools to drive learning? Do you learn best by doing? Are you passionate about social impact and youth empowerment?

Read on…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Training Provided
  • Virtual Opportunity


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Montreal, QC, CA

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