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Youth Advocate - Youth Services

Department: Residential Programs
Location: Lowell, MA

YOUTH  ADVOCATE

Youth Services is EXPANDING!!

Are you interested in a position that will make a difference in your life and the lives of others? Community Teamwork is a private non-profit organization with over 500 employees dedicated to reducing barriers and creating opportunities for low income individuals and families.

At Community Teamwork our employees enjoy best-in-class benefits to support their physical, financial and emotional wellness.

We offer:

  • Casual work environment
  • 4 weeks of Paid Time Off
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Paid Life Insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Paid sick leave
  • Career advancement and professional development
  • 5% contribution to your 401K whether you participate on your own or not.
  • Great co-workers and a great mission with an outstanding Community Action Agency
  • 37.5 hour work week

The Youth Advocate as part of Youth Services will work with The Youth Action Board (YAB) in support of young adults (under 25) who have experienced homelessness and housing instability. The YAB works with partners in 32 communities across the Northern Balance of State region in Massachusetts. This position will support and lead the Massachusetts Balance of States YAB, work with state and local partners, support young adults in accessing services, advocating and educating the community.

Qualifications:

Personal lived experience in youth homelessness or housing instability is preferred and ideal but is not a requirement to apply.

 

  • Highschool Diploma preferred
  • Experience in team building and leadership development
  • Experience working collaboratively with young adults and understand their level of resourcefulness and resilience
  • Able to utilize or be trained in trauma-informed care, harm reduction, and positive youth development principles.
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • Familiarity with youth housing instability and homelessness service systems
  • Excellent customer service, organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Desire to work with low income, culturally diverse, and at-risk families and individuals.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Basic computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Ability to work effectively with and meet the needs of people from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures, and identities, including underserved communities and people from the different racial groups, socioeconomic statuses, nationalities, and languages that make up CTIís clientele.

Role and Responsibilities:

    • Advocate for and amplify the voices of YAB members in meetings, with partners and across the community 
    • Develop agendas and co-facilitate meetings as scheduled
    • Support all efforts to ensure the safety and wellbeing of youth, staff and the program
    • Provide interventions to assist members in feeling safe, promote a safe environment for youth to seek help and access resources with limited barriers.
    • Operate from an equity based, anti-racist, anti- adultism perspective. Anti-discriminatory lens.
    •  Work with all vulnerable populations including the BIPOC LGBTQ+ community,   Survivors of Sexual Trafficking and domestic violence.
    • Support young people participating in Youth Opportunity Center programming as well as connected to outreach services.
    • Engage with community partners and participate in street outreach efforts
    • Collaborate with partners to raise awareness about Homeless Youth Services and supports.
    • Organize data and prepare required reports on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis in a timely manner.
    • Support in supervising over-seeing The Mill You program according to schedule.
    • Integrate a DE&I lens in all activities, encourage colleagues to engage in DE&I work, and contribute to our mission of building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization for our employees, clients, and partners; requires ongoing investment in a personal and professional journey to understand identity and address unconscious bias, power, and privilege.
    • Perform other related duties as assigned.

 

Commitment to Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Community Teamwork is committed to an equitable, non-discriminatory, and anti-racist approach in all components of our organizational structure and operations, including the job application process. We recognize that people of underprivileged backgrounds and underrepresented identities often are not afforded equitable access to resources, opportunities, and professional development. We offer professional development, training, and tuition reimbursement opportunities to ensure that you and CTI are set up for success. We encourage you to apply if you see an opening that is exciting to you and include examples of your work that you feel demonstrate your qualifications. Please feel free to speak to all experiences, skills, and educational certifications that you feel are relevant. We look forward to reviewing your application.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Community Teamwork is a drug free work environment.

This is an exciting opportunity to become an integral member of an innovative, outcome focused team in an organization committed to excellence.

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