Role and Expectations of Stride Advocates

Stride Advocates will apply their skills and knowledge in advocating for human rights and supporting community members and grassroots agencies in addressing issues of racism, discrimination and/or barriers to access. Stride exists to support grassroots agencies which are the first point of contact for struggling community members but does not have the resources to manage the demands. Stride Advocates play an important role as an ally to bridge gaps in the community, help people to self-advocate to meet their family needs and provide support to a community of care.

 

Stride Advocates will participate in trainings in areas related to, but not limited to:

  • Filing Human Rights Complaints

  • Rights in Healthcare

  • Refugee and Sponsorship Applications

  • Alberta Works

  • Victim’s Rights

  • Responding to Hate Crimes and Incidents

  • Advocating in Education

  • Policing

Each training will range from 3-5 hours depending on the topic.

Stride Advocates will learn skills and gain experience in a number of areas including, but not limited to:

  • Navigating human rights related systems
  • Interviewing
  • Documentation
  • Anti-Discrimination
  • Communication

Stride Advocate Commitments:

  • In return for the training, Stride Advocates commit to volunteering 12 hours over the following six months.  Upon the completion of the hours, Advocates receive certification for that training topic.

  • The volunteering will involve participating with a team in the delivery of community clinics in which you will hear and document people’s experiences and needs while working with a team to assist the person/family in navigating systems or accessing the supports they need.

  • Participate in a quarterly debrief.

  • Once first certificate is received, Stride Advocates become members of a provincial network. Commitment to this space is at the discretion of the advocate. A gathering of Stride Advocates will be held in 2019.

  • Support the delivery of community education on human rights.

Expectations of Stride Advocates:

  • Open Heartedness.
  • Willing to work as a team.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Commitment.
  • Humility.

Defending human rights takes an army. We are asking you to be part.

 

This initiative is brought to you by:

  • John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
  • Alberta Somali Community Centre
  • Blood Tribe Administration
  • Alberta Hate Crimes Committee
  • Status of Women Alberta
Neximar Alarcon