Position Title: Indigenous Youth Outreach Program
Reports to: Youth Services Program Manager
Classification: Permanent Full time FTE
Benefits: following 3-month probation and with satisfactory review.
Location: Surrey and Circle 5 Region
Schedule: Fixed, day/afternoon/evening schedule.
Rate: Dependent upon experience
The Fraser Valley Aboriginal Friendship Center Association is a non-profit organization that provides a diverse range of culturally safe and supportive services to Aboriginal people in Surrey and the Fraser Valley including youth in care, youth at risk, and Indigenous youth generally. The Friendship Center works from a decolonizing perspective, and as such, works to strengthen family bonds, between generations and within the family; strengthen identity and understanding about interpersonal impacts of colonialism; fostering positive self-identity, personal agency, and safety.
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.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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.
CLOSING DATE: Open until suitable candidate is found.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please send RESUME; and COVER LETTER by fax, mail, hand delivery or email marked attention, Annette Christopher at:
SNAIL Mail: 10095 Whalley Boulevard, Surrey, BC | V3T4G1
Identify the position code (IYOP) in the header of your email; fax, and COVER LETTER.
We thank all that apply, but only those selected for interview will be contacted.
Position open until filled.
*****Pursuant to S. 41 of the BC Human Rights code, preference may be given to Aboriginal Applicants.