Job Type: Permanent, Full-Time
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Hours of Work Per Week: 32+
Scheduled Days & Hours Each Week: Scheduled Hours: Two available rotations: Evenings starting at either 3pm or 4pm to 11pm. May include weekends.
Number of Positions: 2
Spirit of Our Youth homes provide Indigenous culturally-based programming, home-based accommodations for Indigenous children and youth age 3 to 17.
Through positive role-modeling and a trauma-informed approach to care, our youth workers focus on empowering youth by helping them plan for their future and create healthy relationships with their families & communities.
Each youth has access to individual supports, traditional Indigenous teachings, cultural opportunities including sweats, sharing circles, smudging, pipe ceremonies, feasts, round dances, languages as well as, access to community Elders and Knowledge Keepers.
The Indigenous Support Youth Worker is the key worker responsible for leading the day-to-day operations and cultural supports in the group home. This position involves providing culturally sensitive support and guidance to Indigenous youth residing in a group home setting. The primary objective of the role is to empower and assist these young individuals in achieving their personal, emotional, spiritual, mental, physical, and educational goals while promoting their cultural identity and overall well-being.
In Your Role You Will
The Indigenous Support Youth Worker will promote and celebrate Indigenous culture, traditions, and values within the home environment. Facilitating culturally relevant activities, workshops and events that enhance identity, pride and connection to the community.
Additional Youth Worker supports of this role include:
• Prepare and serve/eat meals family-style with the kids
• Help kids with daily chores, homework, etc.
• Transport youth to/from school, and accompany on recreational or cultural outings and to appointments as needed.
• Work with individual or groups of youth to develop living/life skills and healthy routines (assisting younger kids with bathing, brushing teeth/hair, dressing, etc.)
• Housekeeping duties such as laundry, cleaning, dishwashing, and changing of linens as needed.
• Encourage, promote and enable youth to develop age-appropriate skills, including: healthy individual coping, problem-solving skills, and cultural knowledge and experience.
• Full job description available upon request.
*** 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
For this specialized Indigenous Support Youth Worker role, we are seeking individuals with:
• Cultural competence in working with other Indigenous people, particularly within the Treaty 6 and 8 communities
• In-depth knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture, traditions, and history.
• Sensitivity to the needs and experiences of Indigenous youth
• Knowledge/ability to speak an Indigenous language
• Prior Child and Youth Work experience in a group home and/or community setting
• Experience supporting/teaching Indigenous children/youth, is an asset
• Diploma or Bachelor Degree in Social Work, Child and Youth Work, other human services, Education, Sociology or Psychology, Criminology, etc.
• Valid Class 5 Driver’s License and clean driver’s abstract
• Must be able to deal with crisis situations.
• First Aid/CPR Certificate
• Suicide Intervention, Self-Harm Awareness, Crisis Intervention and Medication Administration training
Not sure you meet the requirements? We may be able to consider diverse combinations of skills, education and experience, so please apply.
What WJS Canada does
Spirit of Our Youth started in 2000 out of a passion for helping indigenous youth. From one home 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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