4Y Program Facilitator Job Description
The 4Y Program is designed to meet the needs of children and youth in Yellowknife between the ages of 12 and 29 who have a disability caused by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) and for those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The program is trauma-informed and facilitated by a ‘navigator’. It includes arts, music, culture, life skills, and physical education components. Youth are involved in one-to-one sessions every week, and occasionally join in group sessions with other program participants.
PAE and FASD are associated with a number of cognitive, learning, social, and emotional challenges. This can contribute to involvement in risky behaviour, including substance abuse, and can also contribute to poor mental health, depression, anxiety, and social isolation. It is extremely important for children and youth with FASD to have regular access to various supportive relationships, life-skills building opportunities, and a focus on proper diet and exercise.
We are looking for program facilitators to work with children and youth in the 4Y Program. Depending on availability, position can be from 5 hours / week to full time (37.5 hours / week). We are looking for energetic staff who can work independently, organize and create their own schedule, work cohesively with other staff, and work under the 4Y Program coordinator. Pay rate is $26 / hour. Specialized training will be
provided before and throughout employment.
-provide from 3 - 10 hours a week of support for a participant in the 4Y Program, doing fun recreational activities, educational activities, addressing mental health issues, and learning life skills
-work with 4Y program coordinator to create and implement programming for participants
-maintain consistent communication with supervisor, participant, and the network of the youth you are working with
-connect with other community organizations and members to ensure the 4Y Program plays a part in wrap-around services. Ask for direction from your supervisor when you think there is opportunity to work with other community organizations or individuals
-attend community training sessions and events, when available, that are relevant to community wellness, youth, and FASD
Reporting and Training
-keep up to date records for all sessions with youth
-provide regular updates to 4Y Program Coordinator about the past week’s activities
-participate in all scheduled staff meetings, and one on one meetings with your supervisor
-participate in on-the-job training, as well as regular online and live training throughout the year to improve practice, and offer improved services to the youth in the program
In this role, you are expected to follow current COVID-19 guidelines, including maintaining 2 metres distance with the youth, wearing masks when engaging in life skills such as cooking, and following all FFC organizational rules outlined in our COVID-19 public health guide.
• Good communication skills (written and verbal), and the ability to motivate and work with others
• Ability to create programming for children and youth ranging in age from 12 - 29
• Past experience working with children and youth in this age range
• Experience working with children and youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
• Enthusiasm and desire to work with children and youth and make a positive impact on their life
• Knowledge of northern First Nations, Inuit, and Métis cultures
• Valid Driver’s license an asset
• Vulnerable sector check (we will provide a letter to bring to the RCMP)
• Clear child protection records check (we will provide the forms for this)
The 4Y Program is a project run through the Foster Family Coalition of the Northwest Territories, however the 4Y Program does not exclusively serve foster and adoptive families; it serves all families and individuals who can benefit from its services.
The Foster Family Coalition of the Northwest Territories is an organization that exists to address and meet the needs of foster and adoptive families across the NWT. Find out more about this organization here: https://www.ffcnwt.com/aboutus.
To apply for this position, please send your Resume and Cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org