Are you energetic, collaborative, creative and have a passion working with youth? Do you have an understanding of challenges that prevent LGBTQ2S+ youth in seeking safe and inclusive spaces and want to become their best advocates in obtaining inclusive supports?
You will support LGBTQ2S+ youth between the ages of 16-24 to obtain short term, community based accommodations with the intention of planning for transition to stable, permanent housing. You will develop and nurture relations with communities, landlords, stakeholders; foster positive community supports, facilitate group activities (recreational/educational) and provide referrals for follow-up supports to external services (LGBTQ2S+ service providers, legal, medical, educational, Children’s Services, etc.).
Hours: Tuesday to Friday - 12:00pm to 8:00pm. Position will be performed virtually during covid restrictions with the expectation of meeting with youth in the community/home visits and work may be performed occasionally in office.
Why Join Our Team
- Engage with youth in meaningful opportunities to support their pathways towards adulthood.
- Robust benefit program, RRSP contributions, 3 weeks’ vacation, EAP and other work related benefits.
- In-house collaborative training opportunities and supervisory coaching sessions to build knowledge, skills and tools relevant to your role and duties.
- Be supervised and mentored through observation, formal and informal coaching and overall recognition of successes in support of your professional capacity & goals.
In Your Role You Will
- Facilitate case assessment and case management sessions with youth.
- Support youth in developing goals in working towards day-programming attainment (school, life skills, job, rehabilitation etc.).
- Build rapport with youth through active and supportive listening.
- Provide crisis intervention and one-to-one support of youth in the community.
- Work with youth, families, service teams, landlords and community members to assist in developing positive relationships.
- Attend meetings and activities with youth in the community including one-on-one work with youth in their apartments/suites.
- Ensure youth have clean, safe and healthy living environments.
- Compile and maintain physical and electronic files with supporting documentation.
Education and Certifications
- Diploma in Gender Studies, Child and Youth Care (CYC), Social Work, Human Services, or related field.
- Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Check.
- Intervention Record Check.
- Requires use of personal vehicle including Valid Class 5 driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance ($2 million liability), driver’s abstract, and vehicle registration.
- Certificates (or willingness to obtain):
- Standard First Aid.
- Aboriginal Awareness.
- Medication Administration.
- Suicide Intervention.
- Harm Reduction.
- Protection of Sexually Exploited Children’s Act
- Serving LGBTQ2S Participants
- 2+ years’ experience working with marginalized populations (LGBTQ2S+, youth and Indigenous populations is an asset).
- Working knowledge and understanding of LGBTQ2S+ experiences, harm reduction, resiliency, trauma-informed and solution focused practice.
- Demonstrated experience de-escalating crisis and potentially violent situations with individuals under the influence of drugs or alcohol, under extreme stress &/or struggling with acute/chronic mental health crises.
- Extensive background and experience working with youth struggling with addictions, poverty, mental health, and traumatic histories. Understanding and ability to respond to multiple, complex barriers faced by high-risk youth.