Special Services Youth Worker - Full Time
Aunt Leah’s Place is a non-profit organization that helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. To support youth on their journey to self-sufficiency, we provide supported housing, job training, and coaching on essential life skills.
We have a full time regular opportunity: for day shift with variable hours including flexibility for weekends.
Job Summary: Works in a one-to-one capacity developing reliable, consistent supporting relationships and assisting youth in the Support Link Program on their journey to growth and self-sufficiency with one of the many goals being that of preventing homelessness. Works within a semi-independent living residential setting to provide a variety of support services such as conflict resolution, counselling, crisis intervention, supervision and transportation to youth with moderate to severe behavioral issues. From a strengths based approach and intervention will work to identify strengths, issues and areas of risks. Develops and implements short-term and long term goals and strategies within program guidelines.
Reports To: Support Link Coordinator
· Post-Secondary Child and Youth Care diploma, or,
· Social Worker Diploma or degree or,
· Diploma or certificate in Human/ Social Services
· A minimum of 1 year experience working with high risk youth or
· A relevant combination of education and experience combined with general suitability
· Undergo & maintain a satisfactory Criminal Record Check
· Undergo & Maintain MCFD contracted agency caregiver clearance
· Valid Class 5 driver’s license and access to a vehicle
· Clean Driver’s Abstract
· Proof of vehicle business insurance of $5 million liability
· Overdose Rapid Response Training
· First Aid – Level C w/ CPR
· Mental Health First Aid
· Suicide Prevention Training
· Cultural Competency Training
· Addictions & Substance use Training
· Food Safe
· CPI – Non-violent Crisis Prevention Intervention Training
· Agrees and adheres to the Society’s Code of Ethics
Knowledge & Skills & Abilities (KSA):
· Trauma Informed Practice
· Motivational Interviewing
· Person Centered Approach
· Landlord Tenancy Acts
· Ministry of Children and Family Development knowledge
· Substance Abuse/misuse
· Youth development stages
· Knowledge of Aboriginal culture
· Proven initiative, judgment, decision-making and problem solving capabilities
· Demonstrated ability to take action in a crisis management environment
· Ability to manage a solid self- care plan
· Suicide Prevention
· Documentation/Report Writing
· Organizational skills
· Time management
· Medication Management
Direct Care (One to One Support): Supports, encourages and challenges youth, through developing a trusting relationship with the youth. Support will include:
· Household maintenance skills (housing search, basic cooking skills, menu planning, house cleaning, laundry, personal hygiene, shopping, keeping their suite secure etc.)
· Education/vocational upgrading (assistance and support in obtaining appropriate training, participating with the youth in making contact with appropriate community resources);
· Financial management (opening bank accounts, writing cheques, paying bills, budgeting, saving, obtaining social insurance numbers, paying rent, etc.)
· Interpersonal skills(developing and maintaining healthy relationships, conflict resolution, seeking assistance and support from friends and professionals as necessary, etc.)
· Health and personal habits (training and education in basic health care, development of responsible sexual practices, accessing additional services such as Mental Health/A&D Counseling & medication management, accompanies and /or transports youth to and from appointments)
· Job finding/keeping skills (job search, resume preparation, job interview preparation and presentation, completing application form and job maintenance)
· Leisure activities (identifies and participates in social and recreational activities in the community that meet the youth’s needs. Provide life skill, social and interpersonal skill-building and model appropriate behaviour through these activities.)
· Cultural Connectivity (assistance and support around connecting with their heritage and participating in the cultural practices of their home (or identified home) communities.
Direct Care (Other Duties):
· Assists in the identification of social, emotional, and behavioral problems by reporting observations to the integrated case management team.
· Support workers will provide direct support services such as conflict resolution and short –term crisis intervention.
· Works with youth on strategies around anger and behaviour management. This may be on a one –on-one and/ or group basis by performing duties such as providing feedback on youth’s behaviour, teaching coping techniques and adaptive behaviour and providing guidance and support.
· Participates in overnight recreational outings as organized by the Program Coordinator – as per “Front Line Staff Description for overnight Recreational Trips”. (Staff will be compensated with a day off in lieu of each overnight that they spend at these outings)
· Participates in the creation and implementation of the following plans and ensures timelines are kept: Individual Service Plan, safety plan, cultural plan & discharge transition plan where relevant
· Ensures youth attendance for life skills opportunities’ such as, but not limited to Essential Skills Workshops, Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) meeting appointments, cultural events & connections, counselling, training, and medical appointments
· Works with Support Link Coordinator in tracking outcome measurements (e.g. emergency drills, changes in demographics, changes in employment and education status)
· Assists participants in completing the Casey Life Skills Assessment
· Responsible for budgeting and balancing youth expenses, providing receipts and ensuring that these funds are spent appropriately, including groceries, clothing and recreation
· Ensures that expenses follow budget guidelines
Health and Safety:
· Support Workers ensure that suites are maintained to Society standards, according to the Support Link policies and procedures manual & MCFD Standards for Foster Homes by ensuring youth’s environment is clean, safe and secure; conducting regular emergency drills with youth; checking safety devices in youth suites weekly; ensuring that the youth is knowledgeable of fire exit routes in their suite; completing internal safety inspections of the Support Link suites as required.
· Support Workers to be present for all access to suites or ensure that an approved Aunt Leah’s staff/landlord is present
· Participates in the annual review of Aunt Leah’s Health and Safety Policy and Procedures.
· Writes reports (monthly, weekly, budgetary, intake, critical incident, transition plan, & discharge etc.)
· Attends meetings, including weekly team meetings and monthly Staff Development
· Regularly updates and informs supervisor of activities; seeks direction from supervisor in crisis situations as needed
· Communicates weekly with Support Link Landlords and provides coaching support to youth when needed
· Attends the office daily to complete logs, reports , budgets and general housekeeping business
· Attends events as directed by Supervisor
· Communicates weekly or as needed with the Ministry of Children and Family Development and other professionals regarding the youth’s Individual Service Plan
· Work is performed in an office environment and Special Services Youth Workers will provide service to youth at drop-in, assist in programming, and drive to meet with the youth
· Special Services Youth Workers will also be working off site within the community and in suites in which the youth resides, in providing one to one support
· As schedules will vary, Special Services Youth Workers are expected to maintain flexibility in their work schedules
· This position requires some lifting of heavier objects up to 50lbs
· Participates in on-call as scheduled and is able to support and attend as required
· Maintains confidentiality
We offer: A comprehensive benefit package after 6 months of continuous employment that includes: dental, extended health care including vision care and prescription, RRSP after 1 year, personal time package, and employee discount at our Thrift Store.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications.
How to apply:
If you meet the qualifications listed, and wish to work in a collaborative and supportive environment that offers ongoing professional development opportunities, please email your resume with a cover letter. We thank all interested applicants and will contact those short listed for interview.
Reference ID: Special Services Youth Worker
Job Types: Full-time, Permanent