Job Posting 88083

Youth Worker II
Spirit of Our Youth
Edmonton area
Edmonton, AB
closes in 25 days (Mon, 31 Oct)
full time  •  $23.66 - $25.63/hr

Hours of Work Per Week: 32-40
Scheduled Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 8-4 pm


The Program
Spirit of Our Youth supports First Nations, Metis or Inuit youth in home-based accommodations and Indigenous cultural programming.
For Indigenous youth, reconnecting to their indigenous culture to help heal past traumas while promoting a vision of a stronger, healthier future. Traditional teachings can empower youth to make strong connections with family and community. A cultural coordinator provides individual support and cultural opportunities including monthly sweats, weekly sharing circles, smudging, pipe ceremonies, feasts, dances, traditional healing ceremonies, languages and access to community Elders and Cultural Helpers.
This complex program youth program will house 1 to 3 youth.

The Position
Double-staffed trauma-Informed Youth Workers (Level 2) connect with each youth where they are at. Together they create individualized programs, which include basic life skills, creating healthy relationships and focus on personal empowerment through a connection with their indigenous culture.

In Your Role You Will
• Work with high-risk youth experiencing mental health and/or addictions issues, stemming from past complex traumas and/or abuse.
• Mentor youth and provide healthy routines
• Drive children/youth (in your own vehicle) to and from school, medical appointments, recreational activities, community resources and support networks.
• 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.
• Use a strength-based, harm reduction approach to support youth with developing and achieving personal goals.
• Ensure individuals basic needs are met
• Light household tasks or assisting the youth in care with these tasks (May include cleaning, laundry, etc.)
• Plan, support and/or deliver culturally appropriate programs, services, workshops, and outings which encourage youth to learn and participate in their culture.
• Contribute toward design, implementation and evaluation of individual service plans, program specific policies & procedures.
• Be able to deal with crisis situations.

*** 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
• Degree or Diploma in Social Work, Child and Youth Care, Social Service Worker, Addictions, Mental Health, or other Human Services field.
• 2 years experience with youth with complex trauma (group homes, shelters, youth programming and/or supported independent living) Practicum experience will be considered.
• Valid Class 5 Driver’s License, 3 yrs Canadian driving experience and clean driver’s abstract
• First Aid/CPR Certificate
• Suicide Intervention, Self Harm, Non-violent Crisis Intervention and Medication Administration training
• Indigenous awareness and cultural diversity training

What WJS Canada does
In 2000, Spirit of Our Youth started out of a passion for helping indigenous youth. We have grown to 5 Group Care Homes, a Supported Independent Living program, as well as a Drive and Supervised Visits program.
In 2013, Spirit of our Youth became part of WJS Canada, the largest privately-owned national social services company in Canada. While operating autonomously, Spirit has full access to the extensive WJS Canada resources.

Our Employees Enjoy
• Generous Dental & Health (incl. Vision) benefit packages for employees working 32+hrs/wk
• Safe, respectful and caring team environment
• Professional and career development training programs
• Flexible hours

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