About Us

S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys project is a happiness research based creative arts project that aims to address the mental health needs of black boys and challenge the negative portrayal of this demographic in the media. It is a public health response to rising levels of serious youth violence and the media portrayal of black boys and men as perpetrators and victims. We use photography, poetry, film and discussions predicated on the 8-pillars of happiness unearthed through the wellcome trust funded research trip to the top 5 happiest countries in the world conducted by Kay Rufai, CEO, Founder and lead artist of the S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys Project.


This opportunity is open to Black, male identifying artists and creative practitioners who are excited to apply their artistic practice to the 8-pillars of happiness methodology of the S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys project.

The selected artists and creative practitioners will enjoy working collaboratively and learning alongside Kay Rufai, The founder and lead artist for the project.

The selected artists/creative practitioners will be trained and required to shadow for two 8-week programmes, while given opportunities to support the delivery and facilitation.

You will be required to complete a paid hybrid virtual & IRL training programme exploring the 8-pillars of happiness methodology, the artistic practice and non-heirarchical educator pedagogy of empowering youth.

Do you think this might be you?

You will have:

• An active investment in anti-patriarchal, anti-oppresive & anti-racist education embedded in your thinking and practice.

• Proven experience of working within state secondary schools, and of working with young people in a workshop or lesson delivery capacity.

• Strong and proven facilitation skills.

• Clear, defined and thorough artistic practice(s).

• Passion for the arts within education.

• An interest in using radical approaches, and embedding art practices across the curriculum.

• Strong interpersonal skills

A willingness to learn 


• Be comfortable working within a co-created process with clear outcomes and objectives.

• Collaborate effectively with lead artist and students.

• Personalise and deliver full lessons with students in accordance with the 8-pillar lesson plan structure

• Contribute to the wider learning of the project by collating your findings and reflections in continual notes and dynamic reporting.

Provide a welcoming and safe ethos for all the boys.

Value and demonstrate vulnerability in your approach and delivery

• Attend paid training and planning meetings (both face-to-face and virtual).

• Be available to work part time throughout term time for a minimum of one school term.

• Comply with safeguarding policies of the S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys CIC and school setting you are working in at all times.

• Hold a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate, or be willing to undertake one.

• Currently reside within Central or Greater London.

Role specifics

• The Assistant facilitator role is a freelance role (4 – 6 hours per week).

• Applicants must be available to attend training and planning sessions between May and August. Dates TBC.

• Applicants must be available to work on weekdays during term time.

• Please note, all delivery will take place within the school day (between 8.30am – 4pm).

Be assured that safety procedures will be put in place to align with COVID-19 government

guidance. Both the Assistant facilitator and the S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys CIC will be expected to comply with these procedures.



There will be an additional fee for training and planning paid at the hourly rate.

How To Apply

Record a 5min video outlining why you think this role is best suited to you, responding to the suggested characteristics and role requirements in this document. Upload that to youtube and send an unlisted link to this email adress: kayrufai@universoulbrand.com

Closing date: 12pm April 25th 2021

Interviews will take place W/C April 26th

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