Youth Navigator - Job Description The youth navigator works closely with the Independent Young People Program (IYPP) Mentor at Home Base YK (formerly called the SideDoor Ministries) to support up to 10 young people who have experience in the child protection system and / or who have experienced homelessness. This partnership will promote inter-agency collaboration and improve the quality of support for youth involved. Pay rate is $26 / hour. Specialized training will be provided before and throughout employment. Hours can be flexible but will start off as Wednesday - Sunday 10 - 6 with a 30 minute unpaid lunch break.
Duties will include: ● run regular focus groups/talking circles, The focus groups will occur 3 times weekly at the same times on the same days from April to September 2021. Any young women and non-binary people are welcome to join, and the focus will be on discussing healthy relationships, building trust within a small community, and learning and growing together. ● Maintain a caseload of 10 youth (working in partnership with the IYPP mentor) from intake to transition from the program by connecting with educational, employment, housing, life skills, addictions, mental health and other resources in the communities ● Work with the youth to identify social, recreational, and educational services in the community that will meet their needs ● Provide direct daily contact with each youth with a minimum of 5-hour one-to-one contact per week (as a team with the IYPP mentor) ● Maintain regular contact with service supports (guardian, YHSSA, Justice, School, Employers, etc.) and other professionals and supports involved with the youth as appropriate ● Maintain regular contact with youth’s family/important people in the youth’s lives ● Ensure the youth is involved in the development and ongoing review of their service and transition plans with an emphasis on developing skills (i.e. life skills, communication, problem solving, budgeting, and behavior management) in natural teaching situations ● Ensure a safe space for all including 2SLGBTQQIPAA+ individuals ● Connect with the youth in community settings ● Focus on relationship building to ensure youth know they are cared for by one more supportive person ● Work closely with the IYPP mentor to ensure the needs of the 10 youth in your caseload are met ● Attend and participate in weekly/as needed meetings with supervisor ● Adhere to the Child and Family Services Caregiver Discipline Agreement ● Ensure the cultural and spiritual beliefs of all youth are supported ● Provide programming to youth in your caseload, with access to a small budget for programming, transportation, childcare needs, and materials ● Engage with youth in various settings, such as volunteering in the community, going to workshops, having one to one meetings, cooking food together, going for walks, going to the movies, going on hikes, planning camping trips, etc. Supervision ● Supervise youth in the community, including at the FFCNWT Youth Space, and ensure that boundaries are adhered to at all times ● Provide supervision that is appropriate for the youth’s developmental age Intake ● Ensure appropriate documents are signed prior to the youth’s intake ● Participate in the screening process with supervisor ● Coordinate the youth’s transitioning into the program including orientation to the facility and outline of expectations Crisis Management ● Recognize potential emergency situations and intervene when necessary ● Analyze situations accurately to mitigate risks ● Ensure safety risks are identified and the appropriate intervention is applied ● Complete safety plans with youth where appropriate ● Develop strategies to deal with potentially dangerous situations; i.e., suicide threats, AWOL’s, youth’s aggressive behavior ● Assess, evaluate and plan to prevent crisis situations whenever possible ● Demonstrate knowledge of safety precautions dealing with environmental working conditions such as potential verbal and physical aggression ● Demonstrated capacity to implement suicide risk assessments, appropriate safety planning and response Teamwork ● Actively support the mission, vision, and goals of the Foster Family Coalition of the Northwest Territories ● Work collaboratively with other staff within the organization ● Actively participate in team meetings, professional development activities, staff retreat, and other activities ● Work in partnership with other community organizations Reporting ● Document youth’s progress in their electronic file ● Document any other reports as directed by supervisor
QUALIFICATIONS ● Punctual and reliable ● Strong social and emotional skills ● Strong communication skills necessary to confidently communicate with youth, coworkers, supervisors, people in the community, professional people, law enforcement, court workers, education workers, etc. ● Experiencing working with youth, youth who are experiencing homelessness, youth who have experienced varying levels of trauma, and youth with disabilities(ies) ● training and/or experience regarding gender based violence and inclusive practices that support the self-determination of nonbinary people and women of any race and culture ● An understanding of homelessness in Canada, homelessness interventions, and factors that lead to homelessness ● An understanding of racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, and various forms of discrimination ● An understanding of the history of Northwest Territories including impacts of colonization and residential schools ● Prioritize cultural safety and cultural humility ● Basic/advanced computer skills, the ability to read and write on software including Microsoft Word and Google Docs ● Experience writing case notes ● Experience coordinating case conferences ● Ability to collaborate well with others ● Ability to respond with empathy ● A strong desire and drive to learn while on the job and engage in any new training opportunity ● High level of adaptability ● Confidence in crisis and emergency situations ● An equivalent combination of relevant education (college diploma in youth work, social work, or university degree in social work related field) and relevant life experience (lived experience or previous work experience in this field) ● Speak and write in English
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