Health & Social Development · Agassiz, British Columbia
The Youth Worker is directly responsible for engaging Seabird Island Band youths (age 10 – 19) in youth-led programming. The core of this work will be done through the drop-in program but may also include secondary programs such as gender specific groups, recreational activities groups and outreach programs. The philosophy of this work is to build the skills and capacities of the youth to be leaders in their programs, caring out the daily program activities, engaging with other youth in a meaningful way and caring for the physical space of the youth centre. The youth worker is a primary support, coach and advocate for the youths’ needs and development. From a youth-centred practice the youth worker walks along side of the youth to continually co-develop programs and opportunities where youth will grow and thrive. Opportunities for youth include local and distant activities that are both large and small scale. The Youth Worker will also connect their clients with needed programs and services such as driver’s education, health services, mentor-ships, and social supports.
The Youth Worker develops strong and healthy relationships with youth. They have emotional intelligence and are able to respond to the diverse needs of youth; are trauma informed; work efficiently and are able to prioritize competing pressures; have the ability to honour the youth’s voice and take their lead in program delivery. The youth worker is able to engage and encourage youth while maintaining an appropriate relationship with all of the youths.
This position requires a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the Band youth. Given the schedule of the client base (school), most shifts will be evenings and weekends. Position end date March 31, 2021.
• Post-secondary education in social work, child/youth care/human services or other related field is required.
• Demonstrated experience with engaging youth.
• Ability to engage youth in meaningful authentic discussions to explore topics that are relevant to youth development.(Suicide, sexuality, bullying etc.)
• Ability to independently supervise up to 25 youth at a time with the support of youth volunteers.
• Commitment to taking a youth-led approach to program planning.
• Available for varied shifts to accommodate youth availability and activity schedule including days evenings and weekends.
• Familiarity with Mustimuhw or other charting software would be an asset.
• Ability to maintain a close but appropriate relationships with youth.
• Ability to maintain client confidentiality while ensuring that safety and legal guidelines are adhered to.
• Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, Internet, and Email).
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to adhere to Oath of Confidentiality and Seabird Island Band Policies and Procedures.
• Knowledge, respect and understanding of Stó:lō culture, traditions and language is considered an asset
• Experience working with First Nations community is considered an asset.
• Valid BC Driver’s License, Class 4.
• Food safe and first aid.
• Satisfactory Criminal Record Check and Child Intervention Check.
• Physically able to participate in up to six hour hikes and other recreational activities.
• Connect with Band youth ranging in age from 10-19 years old.
• Plan youth programming with youth-led approach, evening and weekend activities to engage Seabird Island Band Youth.
• Ability to set appropriate boundaries and to guide inappropriate behaviour of youth that may occur.
• Build a rapport with community resources, organizations and community members to develop new opportunities for the youth through workshops.
• Research youth opportunities, services and programs in surrounding area.
• Connect youths with necessary and appropriate programs and services both at request and in a proactive/preventative manner.
• Establish strong, healthy and appropriate relationships with youths
• Serve as a positive role model and support for youth as needed
• Lead by example both while working and off work hours
• Develop and maintain a positive relationship with parents and guardians through communication.
• Post updates and program related information on the youth program Facebook Page
• Develop activity calendars, permission slips and other administrative materials needed for the youth program.
• Manage the supplies and grocery needs of the youth centre
• Ensure cleanliness of the youth centre and maintenance of the physical environment
• Coordinate, plan and book all aspects of youth outings
• Record youth activities and attendance to track impacts and trends
• Seek and attend professional development opportunities to grow knowledge of relevant topics and theories
• Engage students at Seabird schools and other area schools
• Other duties or responsibilities as assigned by your supervisor, Manager, Director, or the CAO.
- Client Focus
- Team Work
- Valuing Cultural Diversity
- Work Ethic and Values