Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Community Education Volunteer


Cause Areas


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375 South Third StreetSan Jose, CA 95112


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Locations: YWCA Silicon Valley, Linda Haskell Empowerment Center, 375 South Third Street, San Jose, CA 95112, and various locations throughout Santa Clara County.

Director: Director of Support Services

Supervisor: Education & Outreach Manager

Purpose: To educate members of our diverse community on the issues and dynamics of sexual assault, gender equity, and healthy relationships, and the services offered by the YWCA Silicon Valley, including services for victims/survivors of sexual assault. To encourage and inspire members of our diverse community to actively participate in activities that raise awareness in their local community/throughout Santa Clara County.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate/co-facilitate workshops, trainings, presentations, and discussion forums on sexual assault, gender equity, and healthy relationships to community audiences of various sizes in a variety of different settings.
  • Participate in the creation and development of presentation content, delivery and materials.
  • Build a rapport with members of the audience and manage group dynamics to provide an informative, engaging and inspiring experience.
  • Create a safe, healthy, and interactive space for audience members to explore, self-reflect, and participate. Engage in respectful and active listening.
  • Interact with sensitivity to the needs of victims/survivors of sexual assault and individuals affected by trauma.
  • Provide community members with information on YWCA/community services and personnel, and connect as appropriate.
  • Work in compliance with all legal requirements, and organizational and departmental policies, procedures and standards. Complete all required documentation within requested time frames.
  • Maintain Counselor/Victim Privilege of Confidentiality as legally required under California Evidence Codes.
  • Mandatory: Immediately report to a supervising employee, the Supervisor, and/or the Director, any known or suspected instance of child abuse/neglect, elder abuse, and dependent adult abuse.

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong desire to educate the community and raise awareness on the issues and dynamics of sexual assault, gender equity, and healthy relationships.
  • Experience in public speaking, and the creation of presentation content and materials.
  • A demonstrated interest in eliminating sexual assault through community education, awareness, outreach and participation.
  • A demonstrated commitment to continuous learning about sexual assault and the needs of victims/survivors.
  • A high level of emotional intelligence, maturity and empathy, and a nurturing personality.
  • Ability to listen actively and respectfully, and respond with warmth, compassion and empathy.
  • A flexible nature; the ability to respond effectively to changing group environments and dynamics.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team, be open to feedback, and seek guidance, direction and input from others.
  • Ability to practice cultural humility, i.e. maintain an interpersonal approach that is other-oriented in relation to aspects of cultural identity that are most important to the person. Ability to work with/support individuals from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Commitment to developing knowledge, skills and abilities to better connect with individuals and communities, and to gaining more insight into personal biases and identities. This includes, and is not limited to, treating all people with respect and dignity, recognizing and appreciating cultural differences, and working to interact with greater cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to empower victims/survivors by providing emotional support, resources, tools, and options based on what the victim/survivor is requesting, avoiding words and actions based on personal perspectives, judgments, and bias.
  • Ability to be non-judgmental, open, honest and calm, and maintain professional boundaries.

Training & Other Requirements:

  • Completion of the CA State-mandated Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Counselor 65hr Training (hosted by the YWCA).
  • Completion of additional training/orientation sessions to develop personal comfort level with facilitating/co-facilitating workshops, trainings, presentations, and discussion forums on sexual assault, gender equity, and healthy relationships to community audiences of various sizes in a variety of different settings.

Required: 4+ hours of Observational Training

  • Clearance on a background check, including DOJ & FBI fingerprinting.
  • Completion of all policies and procedures documentation.
  • Submitted documentation that confirms an absence of active Tuberculosis.
  • Preferred, but not required: A minimum of 5 years driving experience, a valid California Driver License; Vehicle Insurance (with a $100,000 Combined Single Limit for Bodily Injury and Property Damage); a reliable DMV registered vehicle; and completion of a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record Check. (Mandatory if driving on behalf of the YWCA to perform agency business.)
  • Maintain Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Counselor Certification by completing 8 hours of Mandatory Continuing Education and Training (MCET) within each 12month period from the date of completion of the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Counselor 65hr training.

Time Commitment: Minimum of 100 hours of service (post-training).

Volunteer for 3 workshops, trainings, presentations, or discussion forums each month, (2 to 4 hours each), on a mutually convenient schedule, between 8:00am and 8:00pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and/or Fridays.

YWCA Silicon Valley is an equal opportunity provider and does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender/gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, immigration status, socio-economic status, familial/marital status, veteran status, medical status, being differently-able, or any other basis prohibited by law.

January 2017.


  • People Skills
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Community Outreach

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Ranges from 2-3 hrs/week to 6+ hrs/week

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