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Youth and Young Adult Advocate
Compensation and Benefits
Physical Demands/Work Environment
Under the supervision of the LifeSpring Program Manager, provides supportive services to youth and youth adults (YYA) who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness. Assures that the Drop in Center is functioning from a housing first model. The YYA Advocate makes sure that the YYA’s needs and wants are being heard and addressed, that YYA are getting assistance in obtaining safe, stable, inclusive housing that supports independence and permanent connection. YYA Advocates assures that all services provided to YYA’s are being implemented through a youth driven, wellness and recovery model that is strength based, culturally relevant, trauma informed and outcome based that supports self-sufficiency. YYA Advocate will assist YYA’s in developing life skills, obtaining employment, exploring entrepreneurial opportunities, and pursuing educational goals. YYA Advocates will create a warm and welcoming environment so YYA’s will feel safe and accepted. YYA Advocates will provide basic needs to YYA’s when they enter the Drop in Center and help them get connected to the YYA Liaison for more intensive case management if that is something the YYA feels would be helpful to them.
- Assist Program Manager and YYA Liaison in developing and implementing the Drop in Center’s policy and Procedures.
- Create a safe, welcoming and supportive environment to engage YYA’s.
- Provide basic needs assistance (food, water, new clothing, hygiene products, access to shower and do laundry, etc.)
- Engage and promote YYA’s social & emotional well-being.
- Connect YYA’s to non-housing resources based on their needs.
- Connect YYA (if YYA express and interest) to the YYA Liaison that will provide more intensive case management.
- Explore w/YYA’s the 3 E’s (Education, Employment, Entrepreneurialism) and assist in connecting them to the appropriate community partner so they can get support in the pursuance of their identified goals.
- Empower YYA’s to make their own personal decisions by providing all their options and allowing them to explore what they feel is best for them.
- Create, organize and facilitate the various groups and outings.
- Participate in the collaborative meetings with other community partners and connect with the Youth Action Board (YAB) to ensure the program is staying youth focused.
- Develop and maintain positive and professional relationships with community partners.
- Engage community agencies to provide leadership opportunities for YYA’s.
- Initiate and organize outreach efforts (system. Organization & streets)
- Participate in weekly supervision with Program Manager.
- Maintain confidentiality except in mandated reporting situations and where valid, legal releases have been obtained or the release is otherwise permitted by law.
- Remains culturally sensitive and respectful in all YYA and staff interactions.
- Maintains documentation utilizing agency forms and formats.
- Participate in trainings to promote development and growth.
- Participates in staff meetings, supervision, training programs, and other meetings in accordance with Lifeline.
Applicant must have lived experience and have knowledge on how to navigate systems. BA preferred or enrolled in college courses. Belief in the purpose of North County Lifeline and our mission, vision, core values, and philosophy.
Provide services within the boundaries of their professional training. Possess a good understanding of the homeless issue here in San Diego, human development, mental health, and substance use and how that impacts daily functioning. Strong skills in rapport building, assessments, goal setting, and motivating YYA’s. Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively with other program and agency staff. Ability to focus on multiple priorities and meet deadlines. Must have reliable transportation and be willing to work evenings as necessary to meet YYA’s needs. Successful completion of multi-state criminal background check.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
Your well-being matters at North County Lifeline!
- Paid vacation
- Paid sick time
- Paid holidays (13 days)
- Exceptional medical, dental, vision, chiropractic and acupuncture coverage
- Free health and wellness programs
- Life Insurance
- Employee Assistance program
- Great employee incentive award programs
- Training and education assistance
- Matched 403b retirement plan
- Flexible Spending Account
- Menu of optional benefits, including short term disability, critical illness, accident, hospitalization and cancer policy.
Salary commensurate with experience and education. Differential pay offered for bilingual skills.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Work is performed primarily in a climate controlled, indoor environment and may involve prolonged period of work at a computer terminal. The employee may be exposed in an extremely stressful environment where there are considerable mental and emotional demands. Travel is required to the schools and multiple work sites. Employee may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The employee will be required to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer.
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