Job Title: Youth Outreach Professional FLSA status: Full-Time Non-Exempt
Department: Youth Programs
Reports to: Manager, Youth Outreach and Emergency Shelter
Position Summary: Through outreach, offer services that include, but are not limited to: crisis intervention, skills and needs assessments, pastoral care/counseling, Harm Reduction Education, HIV/STD education, prevention and testing, and other direct services to youth as needed, specifically youth aged 12-24. Collaborate with Youth Outreach Team in developing new methods and venues for outreach.
General Purpose: Find, engage, and build relationships with youth who are experiencing homelessness or are precariously housed, then offer guidance and referrals, so they can increase stability and motivation, and build self-efficacy in their journey of advocating for themselves and their communities.
Must establish and maintain a visible presence and relationships with youth by regularly staffing programs in a designated area or areas.
Must conduct assessments and provide services and referrals.
Must work collegially with staff, volunteers, interns, and community groups.
Must be trauma competent, LGBTQQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual) competent, and street culture competent, and able to work with diverse populations.
Accurate and timely data entry in external and internal data bases, i.e. Efforts to Outcomes (ETO).
Collaborate to create and maintain relationships with youth experiencing and at risk of homelessness, especially those ages 12-24, through outreach. This may include participation in van based outreach, on foot outreach in a selected area, staffing of daytime or evening indoor drop-in programming, and presence at schools, youth centers, and other events or sites where youth are likely to congregate.
Contribute to periodic community needs assessments, including needs and skills of individual youth, and distribute supplies and referrals to services as needed.
Support and facilitate positive youth development with individual youth and the Team's youth programming.
Help maintain and nurture relationships with community organizations and social service agencies.
Accurate and timely data entry in Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) and in HMIS.
Help represent The Night Ministry and its participant population through advocacy with other organizations, congregations and community groups, participate in the agency's public relations and fund raising activities as assigned, and encourage community involvement in addressing the needs of homeless youth.
Accurately and consistently document program activities in accordance with The Night Ministry policies and procedures and the requirements of funding resources.
Maintain a familiarity with the issues related to the population, including current literature, available resources, and street dynamics.
Attend trainings as available.
Attend staff, agency, and inter-agency meetings.
Other tasks and duties as assigned.