Youth Advocate

Part-time, Non-exempt

The Youth Advocate (YA) plays a key role in building strong, dynamic residential communities at United Friends’ housing sites and an engaged alumni network. Supported by and in partnership with the Alumni Coordinator, the YA is responsible for assisting with planning, coordinating and implementing the Pathways Alumni program. This includes, but is not limited to, planning alumni events, engaging individuals in the alumni network, and chairing one of the Alumni Council committees. Additionally, the YA will facilitate weekly Life Skills Program events/workshops and coordinate guest speakers that align with the Life Skills Curriculum goals, under the Resource Specialist’s guidance.

  • Duties and Responsibilities :

    Alumni Program

    • Build and maintain meaningful relationships with Pathways alumni and assist with maintaining an active Pathways alumni network
    • Serve as a positive role model for Pathways participants and alumni
    • Support the Alumni Coordinator in receiving and documenting Pathways alumni contact information updates, as well as, housing, employment, and education status changes
    • Assist in developing a Pathways Alumni Council: A group of alumni whose purpose is to foster relationships between current Pathways program participants and alumni, create opportunities for leadership, and engage alumni in the program development process
    • Maximize alumni social media sites
    • Work with Alumni Coordinator to develop alumni engagement opportunities
    • Assist Alumni Coordinator with planning and coordinating with key stakeholders (staff, community, residents, etc) to successfully implement annual and seasonal Alumni events
    • Support special events and rally alumni involvement and encourage alumni participation

     

    Life Skills

    • Build and maintain meaningful relationships with residents and assist with developing a sense of community at each site through the Life Skills classes
    • Facilitate engaging weekly curriculum designed to increase self-sufficiency and address the needs of Transition Age Youth (TAY) at multiple sites including: Whittier, Inglewood, Long Beach, East Los Angeles and Westchester
    • Encourage and manage positive participant engagement during Life Skills workshops/classes
    • Collaborate and communicate with Pathways staff regarding Life Skills curriculum and youth progress
    • Coordinate with Property Manager to ensure appropriate facility setup for Life Skills presentations and special events
    • Assist with Life Skills facilitation for alumni at permanent housing sites, including Terracina and Casa Dominguez, as needed

     

    Other

    • Other duties as assigned.

     

    General United Friends Responsibilities

    • Act as a role model within the organization to uphold and implement United Friends’ organizational values:
    • Embrace program evaluation that leads to excellence and impact
    • Build effective and empowering partnerships with the youth, community and each other
    • Create a fun and exciting environment that inspires learning and innovation
    • Communicate openly, honestly and with humility across all groups
    • Work together as one organization
  • Required Qualifications:
    • High School Diploma
    • 18+ months of lived experience as a member of the United Friends Pathways Program
    • Works collaboratively and cooperatively as a member of a multi-disciplinary service team
    • Establishes and cultivates respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
    • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and keep commitments
    • An understanding and sensitivity to issues concerning former foster care youth
    • The ability to successfully engage an audience of transition age youth (TAY)
    • Great oral and written communication skills
    • Conveys thoughts and ideas clearly, listens well, communicates in a solution-oriented manner and incorporates others’ views into work
    • Holds self and others accountable to high expectations, works both independently and collaboratively and relates tasks to organizational values
    • Has consistent access to reliable personal transportation
  • Preferred Qualifications:
    • Event planning experience
The Youth Advocate will work a maximum of 20 hours per week during Monday-Friday, including weekends and evenings as necessary. They will be based out of United Friends’ downtown Los Angeles office and will provide Life Skills classes at the various Pathways sites around Los Angeles.

To apply, click below and submit resume and cover letter, including desired salary range, to jobapplicants@unitedfriends.org. Please note position title in the subject line.
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