Youth Worker — Aboriginal Youth Animation Project (23-week full-time contract, finishes March 31, 2014)
Start Date: October 28, 2013
Application Deadline: October 22, 2013
** Please note this position is contingent upon confirmation of funding **
About the Project:
First run in 2007, the Aboriginal Youth Animation Project (AYAP) is a project for community action that seeks to empower Aboriginal youth through the medium of animation. The project welcomes all Aboriginal youth, including street-involved youth and those facing barriers to education and employment. A partnership between the Quickdraw Animation Society and the Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY), AYAP equips youth with fundamental life, teamwork, creative thinking and personal management skills while fostering an environment supportive of traditional Aboriginal values, cultures, languages and identity.
Reporting to the project manager, the Youth Worker is responsible for supporting the needs of the youth participating in the AYAP program. This will include one-on-one support and conflict mediation, as well as providing individualized support to each participant in achieving their action plan goals. The Youth Worker will also be expected to provide general support during animation instructor, and to support other project and organizational staff in providing a safe, supportive environment for the project.
- Be an effective, mature and appropriate role model for each youth
- Must be able to handle pressure and react positively to stressful situations and with distressed clientele
- Provides a safe environment for youth to openly discuss their goals and concerns
- Works effectively with other members of the team to meet the individual needs of all youth in the program
- Assists in the development of client wellness plans and treatment goals
- Encourage and assist youth to develop skills needed to attain higher levels of functioning by helping them to set and achieve their goals. The youth worker will ensure that goals are monitored on a weekly basis in a one-on-one format
- Responsible for case management of youth by ensuring all basic needs and programming expectations are being fulfilled
- Ensures that all documentation is kept current and complete. Conveys pertinent information regarding youth to the team. Completes all case management reports and outcome measures for each youth
- Manages crisis situations effectively using problem solving and de-escalation skills
- Helps youth identify barriers and potential supports and solutions to these barriers
- Assists youth in developing problem solving, conflict resolution and communication skills
- Develops employment opportunities for youth and makes direct placements with employers
- Assists youth with meal planning, shopping and meal preparation. Ensures the youth develop and maintain healthy eating habits
- Assists youth with tax returns, scholarship and post secondary applications
- Develops and facilitates activities for team building
- Communicates effectively in a variety of formats with youth, parents and co-workers
- Exemplary time management and organizational skills
- Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services or equivalent, plus three years experience
- Experience working with high risk, multi-barriered youth in a group setting required
- Experience working with Aboriginal youth and demonstrated knowledge and understanding of local First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities
- Experience in crisis intervention and assessment, support, counselling and community development
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a changing community environment.
- Experience in employment training, youth services, social services
- Must have excellent verbal and written communication, interviewing and assessment skills
- Ability to communicate effectively and professionally to multi-barriered youth
Please send resume, three references, and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with AYAP Youth Worker in the subject line.
Quickdraw is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all interested parties. As this is an Aboriginal program, Aboriginal applicants are strongly encouraged to apply and may be preferred. We thank you for your interest, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.