Media Chaperone Volunteer Position

About Us:
Women’s Voices Now (WVN) uses film to drive positive social change that advances girls’ and women’s rights globally.

Program Description:
Girls’ Voices Now empowers girls from under-resourced communities to find, develop, and use their voice for positive social change through filmmaking. This program takes place over 5-weeks at Mt. St. Mary’s University, Doheny Campus, in Los Angeles, CA.

Volunteer Role Description:
The role of the Media Chaperone is to mentor, support, and help coordinate a production team of 4-5 youth filmmakers, as they develop, shoot, and produce a short social-change documentary. Media Chaperones will receive a stipend of $1,000 for their fulfillment of the role.

Media Chaperones will:

Support filmmaking team in making a short documentary

  • Support youth through each phase of the production process, assisting youth in coordinating shoot schedules, developing interview questions, outlining concepts and more.
  • Share relevant personal and professional experiences and insights with participants.

Provide individualized & group mentorship and support

  • Ensure that each participant feels heard, comfortable, and included in the process.
  • Act as mentor and confidante to participants, addressing concerns or issues as they arise.

Help create a positive, collaborative, inclusive, and professional environment

  • Facilitate collaborative decision-making processes for the production team.
  • Help to address conflicts; escalate issues to Programs Director and Media Instructor as needed.
  • Serve as a role model for participants, demonstrating professionalism & timeliness.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in filmmaking required – background in documentary filmmaking is a big plus.
  • Must have access to a computer with a camera for virtual conversations.
  • Must be able to improvise and maintain a positive and approachable attitude.
  • Must be able and willing to adhere to policies outlined by Women’s Voices Now, maintaining professional boundaries with all youth.

Schedule & additional information:

  • The time commitment will be 40 – 45 hours, including:
    • Trauma-Informed Care workshop (approx. 2 hours).
    • Initial kick-off meeting ahead of July 5 (based on availability).
    • Around 30 hours during the program (July 5th – August 5th), including assisting youth filmmaking teams during shoot days, which take place over one weekend.
  • All Media Chaperones will be subject to a background check.
  • The program will be held in-person at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Doheny Campus, Los Angeles, CA.
  • All media chaperones are encouraged to be available to attend the premiere screening event of the documentaries on the evening of October 11, 2022, at Mt. St. Mary’s Doheny Campus.


Interested? Please share your resume and a bit about you with Director of Programs & Partnerships, Chelsea Byers, [email protected] using subject: Media Chaperone Volunteer Opportunity.