This position serves as a member of the 360 Youth Services Prevention Department focusing on the prevention of alcohol and other drug use among the youth of our community. This Department of Human Services, Substance Abuse Prevention Services (DHS SAPS) funded full-time grant position will deliver Too Good For Drugs Youth Prevention Education (YPE) Program beginning at the 6th grade level. YPE will be implemented at a middle school in District 204 as part of the health curriculum, serving 285 6th grade students for the 2017-18 school year. Each quarter two health classes will each receive one lesson per week, eleven lessons per quarter. The booster 7th grade curriculum (also eleven lessons per quarter) will be added in the consecutive year serving an additional two classes per quarter totaling 285 additional students per year.
This position will also establish an Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) comprised of high school students which will focus on developing two one-day activities for SAMHSA National Prevention Week, one focused on underage drinking and alcohol misuse and the other focused on misuse of prescription and opioid drugs; as well as providing feedback on youth communication campaign materials.
Successfully deliver the evidence-based YPE substance abuse prevention curriculum Too Good for Drugs which requires direct involvement in a variety of activities including, but not limited to, program coordination with school staff, YPE logistics, learning the curriculum, preparing for and teaching classes, conducting pre and post testing, record keeping, grant and outcome reporting, financial documentation, public relations, and interaction with the school, district, private and governmental agencies that have invested in the program.
Recruit, orient, train, establish and maintain a youth led, adult supported Youth Advisory Committee which will focus on the deliverables stated above in the position summary.
Meet best-practice and evidence-based substance abuse prevention standards for YPE and YAC as required by DHS SAPS funding and 360 Youth Services.
Keep various records, program files, statistics, and submit reports as required by the Prevention Director, Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors or any funding agency.
Participate in all DHS SAPS mandated training, including New Staff, Too Good for Drugs, Foundations for Youth Prevention Education, as well as additional training as needed, and other opportunities provided through Prevention First or others.
Work with the 360 Prevention Team supporting other prevention department programs as needed including the Power of Choice 6-8th Grade and High School Communication Campaigns, a new community-wide adult-focused communication campaign to address the contributing factors for reducing prescription drug use for nonmedical reasons, resource guide, Illinois Youth Survey, resource guide, Community Alliance for Prevention and projects as determined. Each key project has a lead staff person.
Inspire a positive team approach to effectively work together and create sustainability.
Represent the agency at community events, meetings and other functions as designated.
Participate in agency and departmental meetings.
Assume other duties as necessary.
Mission-Driven: Reinforces 360’s mission and vision with the organization and the community. Effectively communicates the benefits and impact of 360’s efforts. Ensures community, partner and volunteer engagement, inclusion and ownership. Reinforces culture of supporting healthy choices for youth, parents and the community as a whole.
Collaboration: Advocates for inclusion and diversity. Inspires others to engage with and support 360. Strong interpersonal skills, including listening well, honesty, kindness, and positive and respectful communication patterns. Commitment to “win-win” problem solving whenever possible. Ability to make decisions based on what is best for the program and for youth and the community as a whole.
Operational Effectiveness: Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with youth and adults, the community, public officials and professionals involved in prevention and education programs. Demonstrates sound judgment, empathy, and sensitivity to the needs of the program participants, their parents, volunteers, staff and school/community partners. Assures quality of service provision, ensuring that tasks are completed within the required timelines. Demonstrates consistent respect for the children, youth, adults, schools, agencies and other organizations served.
Personal Growth: Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change. Commitment to ongoing training and professional development.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent.
Strong presentation/teaching skills, knowledge of classroom management skills, comfort/enjoyment in being in the classroom with middle school aged students (their health teacher will also be present).
Strong organizational and project management skills.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to relate to a diverse group of students, youth and stakeholders required.
Strong computer and technology skills.
Knowledge of current developments, literature and sources of information in the field of alcohol and other drug prevention, asset building, strengthening protective and resiliency factors for youth and families, best-practices and evidence-based substance abuse prevention strategies.
Knowledge of youth leadership development, adultism, empowering others (youth and adults alike).
About 360 Youth Services: 360 is a powerful organization joined together by a shared commitment: to change lives and inspire hope. By strengthening emotional skills, reducing youth access to and use of alcohol and other drugs, and ending the experience of homelessness, 360 works passionately in our pursuit to help children, teens and young adults experience their full potential.