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Youth Support Partner

Company: San Diego Youth Services
Location: San Diego
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

San Diego Youth ServicesJOB ANNOUNCEMENTYouth Support Partner San Diego Youth Services seeks a Youth Support Partner in the YHP Program. This is a full-time & non-exempt position reporting to the YHP Program Manager. San Diego Youth Services: Who we areSan Diego Youth Services has helped improve the lives of more than 780,000 homeless, runaway and vulnerable youth since its beginning in 1970. We provide safe places to live and long-term solutions through shelter, foster homes, community centers and housing to more than 28,000 youth every year at 100+ community and school locations. Through prevention, early intervention and treatment, we also help youth before they need higher levels of care or become homeless.We aim to:Meet the basic needs of youth. Hunger, poverty and youth homelessness are on the rise for many youth and their families today. We help meet these basic needs for youth. What could be more vital than food and shelter? We provide safe places to live and long-term solutions through shelter, foster homes, community centers and housing.Create positive connection. We help youth focus on positive life changes and healthy relationships as part of providing needed resources and services. San Diego Youth Services has long provided foster homes and adoption support services for families considering adopting a youth in the foster care system.Help youth develop life skills. In addition to a range of safe and stable housing options, we offer support tohelp youth develop the independent living skills necessaryto become self-sufficient and keep off the streets.Promote overall health and well-being. Early intervention and care for the whole child are critical. We provide a broad continuum of services to help youth overcome trauma and challenges that put them at risk, includingcase management, counseling, mental health treatment and educational support and resources.SDYS has a staff of approximately 215 employees and 80 volunteers working across San Diego County and an annual budget of approximately $22 million.You can learn more about us at PROGRAM DESCRIPTION HIRING FOROur YHP Program consists of four components and provides rapid rehousing, as well as transitional housing to homeless and at-risk young adults to help them become independent and self sufficient so that they are able to leave our program and live on their own.CONTEXT OF THE POSITION Provide guidance and life planning support to Transition Age Youth in housing. Manage motivation, housing and central coordination system navigation, removal of barriers, assessments, skill building and permanency, and life mapping. YSP assists in linking to social services, accompany to meetings, and provide a peer-to-peer, including parents, connection to assist with housing and stabilization resources. YSP could also provide community trainings and outreach.Essential functions include:

  • Develop, implement and evaluate an integrated approach for transition-aged youth, some with co-occurring disorders, in quality trauma informed youth programs, which adhere to and uphold the rigorous standards of San Diego Youth Services as mandated by its mission, purpose, guiding principles and standards of quality.
  • Establish rapport with transition-aged youth from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Link youth with resources that are appropriate to their individualized needs.
  • Develop Independent Life Plans and to provide coaching and resource navigation services in areas relating to independent living skills development, educational and vocational services, health and wellness, crisis intervention, leadership development support and adherence, when applicable.
  • Knowledgeable about SDYS stabilization housing policies and procedures.
  • Assist youth in moving in and out of the coordinated entry system.
  • Help teach youth basic knowledge about housing searches and tenant-landlord laws to assist them in preparing for the future.
  • Build relationships with community partners through community outreach, participant recruitment, landlord engagement, and training to referring agencies.
  • Monitor participant progress and maintain accurate records including data entry into approved database and reports.
  • Develop and maintain component services in compliance with funding requirements and ensure quality control of data collection and services.
  • Work independently and as a team member to create innovative ways to meet goals and provide a high level of service that is engaging and meets the needs of the participants
  • Coordinate advocacy efforts for youth serviced within and across the TAY system of care and assist youth in locating, coordinating and developing informal and formal resources and networks in the community.
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with staff and volunteers within the program, the center, the agency, and the community.
  • Participate in all required trainings, meetings, and consultation/supervisions.
  • Maintain clear, effective and open communication with youth and staff.
  • Promote greater youth participation in policy, program and service delivery at TAY Academy.PREFERRED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
    • Must have direct experience as a consumer (or caregiver of a consumer) of mental health services, the juvenile justice system, child protective services, or special education. That is, applicant must have directly experienced system involvement.
    • Bachelors required and/or minimum 2-years' experience working with high-risk adolescents preferably with a basis in Trauma-Informed care, dual diagnosis, and cultural competency.
    • Bi-lingual desirable.
    • Completed Peer Specialist training preferred.
    • Must be willing to develop or possess working knowledge of trauma-informed care and dual diagnosis treatment.
    • Must be available to work weekends and evenings as assigned by supervisor and/or as needed.
    • Willing to and successfully complete background check, drug test, and TB test.
    • Must have or be willing to obtain CPR and First Aid Certification.
    • Must have own, reliable transportation and must be able to provide transport to youth as needed in the community.SDYS EXPECTATIONS
      • Adhere to and uphold the rigorous standards of SDYS as mandated by its mission, purpose, guiding principles and standards of quality.
      • Maintain confidentiality and privacy standards of service partner protected health information and other applicable information and material in accordance to agency and center policies, and applicable regulations and laws including HIPAA.
      • Welcome and support SDYS volunteers and assist them in accomplishing their services whenever applicable.
      • Effectively communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
      • Receive and give supportive feedback to foster equity and inclusion in working relationships.
      • Recognize, nurture, and learn from strengths in co-workers.
      • Maintain warm, welcoming and safe work environments.
      • Possess flexibility to accomplish job responsibilities in several work environments, whether it be from home, on the road, or in an office.Salary: $20-23/hourTo apply, please send resume and cover letter through job posting on SDYS website.SDYS offers a comprehensive benefits package to full time employees that includes generous PTO, personal holidays, health, vision, dental, life insurance, parental leave and a 403(b)-retirement plan with matching contribution.Candidates must be able to follow all the guidelines provided by the agency, government, and health authorities to maintain safety and health when the job requires physical presence and/or contact with others during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the submission of proof of vaccination as mandated by the California Public Health Order. The successful candidate will need to submit verification of vaccination or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.Commitment to cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.As an organization working to meet the basic needs of youth, create positive connections, help youth develop life skills, and promote overall health and well-being, SDYS believes its practices and actions must reflect the highest level of commitment to access, equity, and social justice.The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent that our members invest in their work represents not only part of the SDYS' culture, but the SDYS' reputation and achievements as well. SDYS remains open to feedback from all communities it touches and knows that input from those with direct experience of issues will make the SDYS more effective in achieving its goals.SDYS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. In compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act as amended, all new employees must verify their eligibility to work in the United States.

Keywords: San Diego Youth Services, San Diego , Youth Support Partner, Other , San Diego, California

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