Job Type: Permanent, Full-Time
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Hours of Work Per Week: 40
Scheduled Hours: Position #1 and #2: Sun- Thurs 4-11pm Position #3: Fri - Mon 3-11pm
Number of Positions: 3
Spirit of Our Youth homes provide culturally-based programming and home-based accommodations to First Nations, Metis or Inuit children and youth age 3 to 18. Our trauma-informed services empower those we serve and help foster community connections with honesty, compassion and respect.
For youth, reconnecting to their Indigenous culture can be a powerful way to heal from past traumas and to envision a stronger, healthier future. Within a safe, nurturing environment, our trained youth workers build individualized programs that teach basic skills and help youth set and achieve personal goals.
Youth also have access to a Cultural Coordinator who provides individual support and access to traditional Indigenous teachings including sweats, sharing circles, smudging, pipe ceremonies, feasts, round dances, traditional healing, languages and access to community Elders and Cultural Helpers.
In Your Role You Will
• Build supportive and professional relationships with youth.
• Support youth with developing and achieving personal goals, using a strength-based, trauma-informed and harm reduction approach.
• Teach age-appropriate life skills such as; communication, emotional well being, problem solving, cooking, cleaning, budgeting, being a positive role model, etc.
• Lead programming and activities promoting social/emotional /physical development to build competence and self-worth and achieve personal goals.
• Ensure individuals basic needs are met (personal care, life skills and social/occupational skills)
• Daily household tasks at the residence/program facility (May include cleaning, laundry or assisting the youth in care with the completion of these tasks, etc.)
• Drive children/youth to and from school, medical appointments, recreational activities, community resources and support networks.
• Plan, support and/or deliver culturally appropriate programs, services, workshops, and outings; encouraging youth to learn and participate in their culture.
• Contribute toward design, implementation and evaluation of individual service plans, program specific policies & procedures.
*** Prior to confirmation of employment all applicants must provide a current (dated within 6 months of hiring date) Criminal Record Check and Ministry Check. These checks can take up to 6 weeks to obtain, please ensure you prepare accordingly.
As An Ideal Candidate You Possess
• Experience working with youth in a variety of settings and across cultures, and with Indigenous youth in particular, is an asset
• 2 years' experience in group homes, shelters, youth programming and/or supported independent living.
• Diploma or Degree in Social Work, Child and Youth Work, other social services, Education, Sociology or Psychology
• Valid Class 5 Driver’s License and clean driver’s abstract with personal car insurance (2 million in third party liability)
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