The Indigenous YOUTH Outreach Team (2 positions) provides street outreach services and support to youth ages 12-18 years old who are, or are at risk of becoming, street entrenched or who have already engaged in high-risk behavior. Working in collaboration with the MCFD High Risk youth team, we provide non-judgmental and culturally appropriate support to youth; provide at-risk youth with healthy alternatives to street-involvement; advocate and connect youth and encourage and motivate youth to access supportive programs and services in the community. Working from a harm reduction approach, we help youth to access services and resources that can help them to find housing or employment, return to their families or caregivers, enroll in school or training, positively address alcohol and drug issues, and many other issues and concerns.
Youth Outreach and Support
- Provide information and referrals for youth and their families or caregiver;
- Increase young people’s knowledge about issues impacting their health & safety; and provide youth with tools to protect and maintain their well-being;
- Help youth to recognize high risk behaviors; and manage the risks associated with their day to day living.
- Direct connection and access to other youth Serving programs in the Circle 5 region.
- Crisis intervention as needed; including attending appointments with youth.
- Advocacy & Referral; including forms completion, securing identification, and accessing provincially mandated, and funded youth services in the Circle 5 region.
- Connect youth to urgent needs services including MCFD high risk youth team.
- Working in collaboration with the MCFD high risk youth team, ensure client records are kept in accordance with the Working Procedures.
- Track participant statistics and provide monthly and quarterly reporting to MCFD and FRAFCA management.
- Develop and implement strong collaborative relationships with MCFD, ANYSH, FRAFCA programs, and other Surrey Youth Serving resources and participant in ICM meetings when youth are in Care.
- Using a case-management approach, work with individual youth to support their goals including intake, goal setting, and follow-up.
- Advocate for youth to access other supports that will lead to improved health, social, educational, or financial outcomes.
Education and Experience:
- Child and Youth Care, or other Human Services.
- A minimum of 2 years (4000 hours) of experience in working with Indigenous youth.
- Class 5 Driver’s License, own vehicle, and a clear drivers’ abstract. (Class 4 Driver’s license preferred)
- Successful candidate will be required to submit a criminal record and Vulnerable person’s check._
Key Knowledge Areas:
- Knowledge of effective outreach and engagement practices with Youth.
- Knowledge of the diversity of Indigenous cultures, identities, and lived history.
- Harm Reduction approaches with at Risk Youth.
- Extensive knowledge of youth serving resources and supports in Surrey and the Fraser Valley including career, educational, job, food, income, cultural, and recreation. _
Key Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to manage multiple tasks and works well under pressure;
- Highly accountable to program, team, and youth;
- Team Player and able to work with a diverse range of people and personalities.
- Excellent general administration skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office.
- Flexibility in work schedule and location.
- Able to travel and outreach through Surrey
Job Type: Full-time