The Youth In Transition Worker provides a range of services to enhance and maintain the development of youth in the community who are transitioning from the child welfare sector into adulthood, with a focus on individuals involved in human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
This is a full-time contract until March 31, 2022
Strides Toronto is a new multi-service agency providing services to young people from birth to age 29 and their families in East Toronto. Formed in January 2020 through the amalgamation of Aisling Discoveries and East Metro Youth Services, Strides Toronto provides a range of community, residential and treatment services to improve the mental, social, and physical health of infants, children, youth and their families. We provide individual, group and family interventions that include mental health counselling, autism services, education, outreach and referral, early intervention, day treatment and community support.
As Lead Agency for infant, child and youth mental health in Toronto, Strides Toronto works with 25 core service providers to design and implement system-level improvements that transform access to services, experience of services and the mental health outcomes for Toronto’s diverse communities.
Strides Toronto has a budget of $30 million and more than 350 employees providing services out of 19 locations across East Toronto. The organization Is accredited by the Centre for Accreditation and the predecessor organizations have a long history of providing high-quality services in East Toronto.
Why work with us?
- Be part of a long history of leadership and evidence informed practice in child, youth and family service.
- Join a skilled and dedicated team who are passionate about achieving our vision of an inclusive and supportive community where children, youth and their families thrive.
- Experience opportunities for growth and professional development.
- Be committed to creating a positive and rewarding work environment.
- Share an organizational culture of on-going learning and quality improvement.
- Bring high standards for performance and implementation of best practices and demonstrated through our accreditation with the Canadian Centre for Accreditation
- Expect a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.
- Join a diverse and inclusive work environment with staff who speak more than 23 languages.
What will you do?
- Maintain, through appropriate communication and coordination, a collaborative working relationship with other professionals both within and outside of Strides Toronto, facilitate partnerships with community agencies, youth service providers, schools, city staff, police, businesses, government and informal community groups to help foster programs using education, employment, culture, civic engagement, and recreation, and inform the Manager, Community Outreach of emerging issues, service gaps and matters of interest and/or concern
- Support eligible youth, leaving Child Welfare care to identify, access and navigate adult service systems relevant to their needs and transition to adulthood. More specifically, provide support to prevent vulnerable youth from becoming victims of human trafficking, sexual exploitation and connect survivors to appropriate services and resources.
- Carry out brokerage/advocacy/resourcing functions, act as an advocate and develop effective service delivery plans that ensure that youth have access to programs, services and opportunities needed for healthy development by:
- Organize and participate in public education seminars, workshops, groups and training for youth, parents and service providers and to identify personal professional development/training needs and participate in staff development/training programs as required.
- Work closely with racialized individuals and communities at higher risk of gender-based violence and sexual exploitations and provide immediate case management for youth, young adults and their families struggling with sexual exploitation, mental health and
- Complete and submit service statistic, quarterly reports, annual reports and continuously work towards advancing service targets.
What are we looking for?
- Child and Youth Worker Diploma;
- 2 years of directly related experience with at-risk youth and young adults;
- Demonstrated understanding of and ability to work with racialized individuals and communities at high risk of gender-based violence, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking;
- Demonstrated ability to work co-operatively and negotiate effectively within a multi-disciplinary team of service providers;
- Knowledge of and sensitivity to the life experiences and needs of the youth community combined with knowledge of the Child Welfare System;
- Demonstrated skills in delivering group programs and workshops;
- Ability to work flexible hours;
- Access to a car an asset;
- A combination of clinical, program development, and strong administrative and organisational skills and abilities are required for this position;
- Eligible for certification/membership in relevant professional association.
- Preferred candidates will be bilingual in both official languages.
- Fluency in another language(s).
This role is a part of a bargaining unit
Salary range is $52,540 to $61,800
How to Apply
Please quote job number 2019/2020-111
in the subject line of your cover letter and submit both cover letter and resume in a single document.
(Only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted, no phone calls please.)
Qualified individuals are invited to submit their resume and cover letter by February 26, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
Strides Toronto is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from qualified candidates who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.
In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Strides Toronto’s own policies, requests for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.
Human Resources, Strides Toronto, 1200 Markham Road, Suite 200. Scarborough Ontario, M1H 3C3, Fax 416-438-7424