Welcome current and future BIYCK volunteers! We appreciate your dedication to the Black Iowa Youth Conference: Kujichagulia at Cornell College which will be held on April 8 - 10, 2016. On this page, you will find resources which will prepare you for your role(s) in BIYCK. The BIYCK Committee appreciates the dedication and hard work of all our volunteers.
As a group leader you would be in charge of a group of 5 young men or 5 young women ranging from incoming Sophomores through Incoming College freshmen. You will make sure the students are on time to sessions and speakers. Your job is to be available to students at all times, be engaged in group activities, as well as provide guidance to the students.
As a general volunteer you would be responsible for making sure the conference runs as smoothly as possible which includes but is not limited to set up and clean up. This position is key to the conference. You will be interacting with the participants and also contributing to the mission of BIYCK.
An Overnight Host is a vital piece to the BIYCK experience. You will be expected to host 1 or 2 students in your room and be a soure of mentorship for them. Your job will be to enrich their conference experience while informing them about the college dorming experience.
As part of the Tech team you would be in charge of documenting every moment of the conference. You will be working with photography, video footages, and social media. Your presence is required at every BIYCK event.
*** You are expected to be available for the duration of the conference and undergo training so that you may be well-prepared to interact with the high school participants. Every potential volunteer must attend an info session to be considered.
The learning process starts with the volunteers. Before the conference, you will be engaging in training sessions where we will equip you with the tools to succeed in teaching and mentoring young adults. The sessions will vary in length (1-3 hours) and there will be 4* training sessions over a period of a couple of months. A potential volunteer must attend an info session to be considered. We hope that you decide to participate in this student run conference and contribute to cause of educating the youth of Iowa.
* The number of training sessions is subject to change.
" My experience working with the BIYCK students as a group leader was fantastic! I enjoyed getting to know each student individually and working with them to develop skills that I hope will serve them well in their future endeavors."
-Miguel Ascencio, Group Leader
"I was able to encourage and prepare high school students for college by answering their questions, being a role model, and believing in them. It was an incredible experience to be able to make an impact in the lives of future college students and to learn and grow as a community member and as a current college student."
- Grace Swehla, Group Leader
"Working as a technical assistant for BIYCK is one of my greatest experiences. I felt the passion to help the disadvantaged kids kindling in each organizer. I could feel the kinship, the hope, and the gratefulness generating between these kids and the BIYCK family."
- Dawit Abii, Tech Crew