Youth in Transition and Mentor Support Worker

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
StepStones for Youth
  • Social Work
  • Child & Youth Worker
Parental Leave Coverage - Full Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area
Experienced (Non-manager)$45,000 - 52,0002019-05-242019-06-19

Youth in Transition Worker and Mentor Coordinator

A dedicated charitable organization that offers supportive programming to children and youth. 

The program supports youth leaving the foster care and group home system and youth in transition and connects these youth to mentors and offers support with education, employment, housing, finances, mental health and provides resources and opportunities to learn valuable life skills in a safe, supportive, and positive environment.  We are presently seeking a full time Youth in Transition and Mentor Support Worker. This position involves working with youth exiting the foster care and group home system to develop skills, work on client focused goals and match the youth with caring long-term adult mentors and support this partnership.

Job Summary

We are seeking an individual with training and experience working with marginalized youth who have lived in custodial care arrangements and/or who have minimal levels of support in their lives.  This program focuses on the engagement of these youth in a trusting relationship with an adult mentor, and the effective referral of these youth to other services such as housing, health services, counseling, education, and employment training and basic support. 

The position involves working with youth currently involved with the program, as well as those identified by our partner agencies and working directly with their mentors.  Through creative, patient, and persistent outreach, the successful candidate will engage the youth and provide effective support and advocacy.  The worker will explore and pursue options to obtain the supports necessary to establish stability in the youths’ lives. The worker will develop a trusting relationship; provide information, coaching, and support.

The successful candidate will work directly with the youths’ mentors to support them in their relationship with their youth. They will utilize assessment and clinical skills to understand, support and motivate the youth.

The worker will develop, and sustain up-to-date knowledge of relevant community support resources and create effective working relationships with key partners to promote a responsive and supportive approach.

This position involves working flexible hours, which will include two evenings a week and occasional weekend work. As well, you will assist in the collection and presentation of program statistical information, funding efforts, and on-going documentation when required.

Qualifications:

  • A university degree (BA, BSW, MSW) in a social science field related to this position and experience working with marginalized youth.
  • Experience and/or working knowledge of Adolescent Development, Community Outreach, Engagement Strategies for marginalized youth,
  • Strong Communication and Organizational skills;
  • Sensitivity to race, culture, religion, and sexual orientation, and experience working with a diverse youth population;
  • Knowledge of related resources available within the Greater Toronto community including Children’s Aid;
  • Experience in negotiating with other services and advocating on behalf of youth;
  • Computer and data entry skills;
  • Access to a vehicle and a valid Driver’s License with appropriate insurance is required.

Specific Details:

  • Attending programming currently offered in order to meet with youth already involved, and to become familiar with our programs;
  • Correspond with Children’s Aid, foster care, and other agencies to update regarding programming available and to make referrals to our programs;
  • Facilitate and participate in the organization and running city programs;
  • Participate and lead Mentor training and screening;
  • Register and facilitate recreational programming, including recruitment, monitoring, and supervision of volunteers who will work directly with youth so that additional clients may be serviced;
  • Meet individually with youth in the program, working with them to address their needs, including, but not limited to housing, education, support, and informal counseling;
  • On-going documentation and weekly supervision;
  • Advocacy work to increase community supports available to youth transitioning out of care, and to raise the age for support beyond what is currently available
  • Gather and record monthly statistics generated from routine documentation;

Hours:

The successful candidate will be expected to work Monday to Tuesday 12pm to 8pm. Wednesday to Friday 9am-5pm.   However, there will need to be flexibility depending on the needs of the youth and some variation to the above schedule will be necessary.  Hours are flexed and there is flexibility in which days are worked late however two late nights a week will generally be required.   A cell phone will be provided to the worker for correspondence with youth.

Salary:

This is full time one year contract position

Salary: 43,000 – 50,000.

Application Process:

If you would value being a part of our organization, you are invited to submit your resume, university transcript and cover letter. This should be addressed to the “Hiring Committee”.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those applicants will be selected for an interview will be contacted.  No phone calls or in person submission please.

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