Training & Outreach Request
We are looking for Community Advocates across the country! Join us to create change in your local sangat. We are a national organization, and are happy for your support in expanding our outreach.
Community Advocates are volunteers who can better connect their local sangats with Sikh Family Center; can ethically share appropriate bilingual resources; can be accessible points of contact for someone who seeks to be connected with resources. Community Advocates are committed to community empowerment, remain committed to diversity and trauma-responses, and embrace engaging on ‘sensitive’ issues, with the support of Sikh Family Center.
How can you become a Community Advocate?
Our training covers a range of topics & we can customize the community-specific training to meet your needs!
Peer Counselors for our Nationwide Helpline
Through our Private & Free Helpline sangat members receive services in Punjabi and English including crisis intervention and advocacy that increases their range of options, including referrals to appropriate resources. The Helpline is answered by trained peer counselors (40+ hours of our specialized training) committed to supporting community members facing or fearing any threats to their health, safety, and/or security.
Sikh Family Center’s peer counselors go through comprehensive training so they are better prepared to support the diverse needs of the sangat.
The goals of our training program include:
- understanding the dynamics of family violence and other forms of gender-based violence;
- building skills in crisis counseling; how to respond calmly and effectively under pressure;
- identifying trauma-centered responses;
- committing to 100% confidentiality no matter the case;
- developing culturally-aware responses that neither make assumptions about “all Sikhs” nor ignore the unique realities of our diverse and beautiful community;
- employing an empowerment approach and becoming adept at appropriately directing victim-survivors to resources
Note: these skills translate well for any issues brought up by callers: domestic violence and dating violence; mental health issues; elder isolation or even abuse; houselessness.
Interested in training as a peer counselor with Sikh Family Center? Have prior direct services and/or advocacy experience?