OverviewFor Youth Initiative Youth Settlement Case Lead (Spanish Speaking) Contract in Toronto, ON
For Youth Initiative
Branch Toronto ON CA
Youth Settlement Case Lead (Spanish Speaking)
Maintain comprehensive client files and case notes utilizing FYI’s database software. Participate in staff and program meetings, trainings and development…
FOR YOUTH INITIATIVE
Internal/External Job Posting
POSITION TITLE: Youth Settlement Case Lead – Spanish
REPORTS TO: Youth Settlement and Leadership Manager
DETAILS: One-Year Contract
CLOSING: September 30, 2015 @ 5pm
The newly reconceived Youth Settlement and Leadership stream is based on For Youth Initiative’s 2013 Strategic Plan. FYI is committed to creating healthy communities by providing interventions that focus on community safety, leadership and mentorship skills and working one-on-one with the youth. The stream serves 13-24 year olds, and seeks to support racially marginalized and newcomer Youth from low income neighbourhoods within the York South-Weston neighbourhoods to integrate into Canadian culture
The Youth Settlement Case Lead will directly support newcomers and their friends to build key leadership skills through intentional engagement and outreach. This lead must outreach to, recruit and support newcomer youth to orient into Canadian culture. The newcomer youth who have been recruited will be supported through regular check-ins to achieve specific goals related to integration and/or personal development. Examples of goals could include educational attainment, accessing economic opportunities, or securing housing with the ultimate outcome of developing and strengthening leadership and life skills such as planning, decision-making, and coping skills.
Main tasks & responsibilities:
- Comfortable reaching out to and engaging target youth population (newcomers to Canada) focusing on high traffic and unconventional youth areas
- Utilize innovative strategies for outreach, engaging in both traditional and non-traditional methods to engage hard to reach youth towards a yearly outreach target
- Undertake an intake and assessment process with youth for determining program participation and assessing need
- Engage youth to identify issues, needs, barriers to accessing services in order to achieve goals and aspirations
- Providing youth with general information, contacts, referrals services and support as needed to facilitate access to programs, services and opportunities i.e., recreation, housing, employment, education, health, including substance abuse, social abuse, social and emotional issues etc.
Case Coordination (35%)
- Manage a caseload of active youth clients and provide monthly one-on-one sessions that focus on developing and achieving personal goals
- Liaise with the client and caregiver(s) and or guardians with an aim of increasing supports available to individual participants
- Provide crisis resolution , solution-focused supports and follow-up plans as required
- Works collaboratively with youth, parents, Health Promotion officers, schools, police and youth service providers to develop effective service delivery plans that ensure that youth have access to programs, services and opportunities needed for healthy integration
- To facilitate connections between youth and their neighbourhood and promote awareness of the positive role of youth in the community
- Identify and provide emergency crisis services as necessary
- Maintain comprehensive client files and case notes utilizing FYI’s database software
- Work with the Manager in evaluating the programs and submitting the necessary reports
- Reach and maintain yearly case load targets
Wrap-around Table Supports (10%)
- Develops and maintains a strong network and partnership table, especially to support the wrap around table and core programs
- Work closely with partners to ensure participants are referred to the one-on-one wrap around supports
- Identify and make warm referrals to external supports that will support individual youth
Program Implementation (15%)
- Work with Manager in designing programs, logic models and evaluation frameworks
- Facilitate FYI programs that build connections between youth and their neighbourhood and promote awareness of the positive role of youth in the community
- To implement and maintain strength based and evidence based professional standards of practice within the program based on FYI’s Program Practice Manual
Administrative Support (5%)
- Fill out weekly benchmark and daily work log forms, work schedule and scheduling updates, provide monthly reports to supervisor
- To maintain service statistics and recording of all services as required
- Participate in staff and program meetings, trainings and development sessions
- Perform other activities as assigned
Must Have Skills & Qualifications:
- The minimum level of education preferred is a community college diploma in child and youth work and/or social services and/or community development.
- Adept at and interested in engaging newcomer youth of different and unique backgrounds, specifically those who are victims of violence and trauma, at risk of or currently involved in violent activity and/or the criminal justice system
- Able to speak, read, and write in Spanish fluently
- A thorough understanding of the issues facing youth in low-income communities and how these issues relate to newcomer youth
- Demonstrated understanding of strengths-based, client-centered, and solution-focused approaches to counseling
- Experience developing systems and processes to ensure the careful assessment, referral, and follow-up of complex youth issues.
- Experience working from an outcomes and evidence-based perspective
- Fundamental knowledge and training regarding how to respond to crises and aggressive behaviours paired with ability to defuse conflict and manage stress.
- Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) and Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behaviour (UMAB) training would be an asset
- Knowledge of community resources (such as social, legal, health and financial).
- A demonstrated ability to work within culturally diverse communities
- Knowledge and experience working within anti-oppression and anti-racist frameworks, with understanding of and commitment to social justice issues
- Ability to set priorities and manage deadlines with excellent time management skills.
- Proficiency working with Microsoft Office, client records software such as iCARE, OCASI Client Management System
- Must be available evenings and weekends
- A successful clearance of criminal record verification will be required when necessary for the position
- Demonstrates high level of professionalism when dealing with community partners (schools, social service partners)
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
- High degree of good judgment, empathy, with understanding of ethical principles
- Ability to connect with multiple-barriered youth
- Experience and knowledge of using regular office equipments including computers, cell phones, tablets, photocopiers, printers and fax.
- Can accept and use constructive criticism for personal and professional growth
- Besides English and Spanish, strong asset to speak another language common amongst newcomer youth in Toronto
For Youth Initiative is committed to employment equity initiatives. We encourage residents of York- South Weston and surrounding communities and members of youth, ethno-racial, aboriginal, immigrant, francophone, refugee, LGBT and disabled community groups to apply and self-identify.
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE
Employment Type: Freelance
Location: Toronto, ON, CA
Posted on: 2015-09-23