CBU Work Study Bursary Program: Youth in Motion Assistant 2019W012


The Youth in Motion (YiM) program is a long-standing program whereby 800+ Grade 4 students from all over Cape Breton Island come to CBU in order to engage with a morning of Physical activities. This assistant will work with the SPHK 2104 (Outdoor Skills and Leadership) class to design and implement a 30-minute outdoor activity, which is run 5 times/Friday over the course of 6 Friday’s in the fall semester.

Qualifications: Students from any academic background are encouraged to apply. However, I am looking for a 4th year student – preferably with an interest or expertise in SPAL or the outdoors. Applicants should be able to work independently, assist peers in 2nd year class, and work with faculty members and other CBU staff to create a successful component to the YiM program.


Duties/Responsibilities: The primary task of this assistant is to support 3rd year students in running their activities and assist the course instructor in the evaluation of such, based upon guidance and a rubric provided by the course instructor and their observations.  In many ways the tasks for this assistant are similar to a graduate Teaching Assistant, as the assistant will act as the “eyes on the ground” observing the programming on Friday mornings and trouble-shooting any issues as they arise. They will then work with the course instructor to evaluate the program and work with the class to alleviate any problems with an eye to any possible program re-design needed in the future.

The assistant will be responsible for overseeing Friday morning activities run by the SPAL 3106 class. They will not be required to participate, but will rather observe and report back to the course instructor.  Should the class have problems with their programming the assistant will be an experienced upper year student with the ability to “trouble shoot” as necessary; contacting the supervisor, course instructor, other SPAL faculty and CBU staff as required.

Application Details

Hours:  All positions are part-time, hours TBD

Learning Outcomes:

The Assistant will:

  • Recognize the needs of the SPAL 3106 students and support them to develop outdoor programming for the YiM program.
  • Implement programming, as needed and where appropriate, to assist the SPAL 3106 class.
  • Compare program offerings (by separate student groups) in order to assist with student evaluation.
  • Synthesize program observations in order to assist the instructor and other YiM staff with program design in the future

Only eligible students can apply to a CBU Work Study Bursary position.  To determine eligibility and to complete an application, go to:  


If eligible, send resume, cover letter and an application to the CBU Work Study Bursary Program to:  awards@cbu.ca Submissions that do not include an application to the CBU Work Study Bursary Program will not be considered.  All applications must also reference the above Job Number.  Forward resume and cover letter to:  awards@cbu.ca