Life Skills Youth Support Worker

Aunt Leah’s Place is a non-profit organization that helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. To support them on their journey to self-sufficiency, we provide supported housing, job training, and coaching on essential life skills

Job Summary: This Youth Support Worker position will provide one to one and group support to the youth accessing the Branches Life Skills Program. Youth who access this program may be on the Agreement with Young Adults (AYA) program with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). This position will provide support in tracking and navigating the life skills program, establishing and maintaining Individualized Development Plans to ensure youth are meeting the life skills program requirements in order to receive and maintain AYA funding. This program will support all youth with life skills development on their journey to independence. This position will work collaboratively with other programs at Aunt Leah’s to maintain this life skills program.

Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) Life Skills Program: AYA provides financial assistance directly to young adults, from age 19 up to their 27th birthday, who were previously in care with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). These young adults can apply to the AYA program for financial assistance to complete high school, attend post-secondary or a vocational training program, complete a rehabilitative program, or attend an accredited Life Skills Program. The Branches Life Skills Program at Aunt Leah’s Place is an attainable AYA entry point for youth from foster care; reducing poverty and increasing opportunities for young people.

Reports to: Program Manager – Employment & Life Skills Training

 

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary Child and Youth Care Diploma or equivalent with a minimum of one year experience in providing support to youth in and from care or a relevant combination of education and experience combined with general

Requirements:

  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check with Police Information Check from local RCMP
  • A valid BC Class 5 driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Proof of vehicle business insurance and $5 million liability Clear Driver’s Abstract
  • First Aid with CPR (may be obtained within 1 month of hiring)
  • Non – Violent Crisis Intervention (may be obtained within 3 months of hiring)
  • Ability to work flexible hours

 

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Ability to work within a trauma informed lens
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to follow and implement program policies and procedures
  • Interpersonal skills and Teamwork skills
  • Multicultural/sensitivity awareness
  • Passionate about the Organization’s mission and understand the current and historical context of the child welfare system in relation to colonization
  • Problem-Solving/Reasoning/Creativity
  • Crisis Management/Conflict Resolution skills
  • Report Writing & Documentation
  • Cultural Competency and Humility
  • Group Facilitation experience
  • Developing Individualized Development Plans

 

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Complete intakes with youth and provide information sessions about the Branches program
  • Support youth in tracking program hours and attendance
  • Support youth in developing relevant areas of life skills to foster growth and independence
  • Work with youth to co-develop an Individualized Development Plan outlining clear goals, objectives, and action items
  • Have regular, scheduled check-ins and meetings with youth to implement and maintain the agreed upon Individualized Development Plan
  • Liaise and collaborate with staff among other programs at Aunt Leah’s to implement the youth’s Individualized Development Plan
  • Contribute to monthly progress reports that are presented to the AYA Social Workers by the Program Coordinator with the Ministry of Children & Family Development (AYA)
  • Support and/or represent youth in Integrated Case Management meetings with internal staff as well as external partners
  • Work collaboratively with the Program Manager and/or Coordinator-Life Skills Department to enhance life skills programming at Aunt Leah’s
  • Support youth in and from care transitioning to AYA
  • Increase awareness of the Branches AYA program and facilitating youth’s access to this funding source
  • Work with youth from a strength based approach to create and define an individualized life skills program schedule to meet their short and long term goals
  • Inform the development of relevant workshops and assist in providing workshops to increase growth in life skills areas such as housing, budgeting/finances, personal life and development, education, health and wellness
  • Creatively engage youth to participate in life skills programming through one on one mentorship, attending workshops and/or training programs through internal and external programs
  • Work collaboratively with the Program Manager and/or Coordinator – Life Skills Department to create transition planning for youth toward the end of every AYA agreement period
  • Maintain accurate documentation including but not limited to: case notes, service agreements, Individualized Development Plans, outcomes and statistical tracking details,
  • Perform other related duties that do not affect the nature of the work

Physical Demands: This position may require some lifting of 20lb and heavier.

Working conditions:

  • Hours of work will be 37.5 hours a week; 7.5 hours a day, generally Monday to Friday
  • This position may require working occasional evenings and weekends
  • Primarily based out of New Westminster, with minimally one day a week at Seymour office location
  • Work is generally performed in an office environment; flexibility to work remotely as needed

 

We offer: A comprehensive benefits package that includes: dental, extended health care including vision care and prescription, RRSP matching, generous vacation, and personal time package, and an employee discount at our Thrift Store.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications

How to Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter, quoting Life Skills Youth Support Worker in the subject line, to hr@auntleahs.org. Short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Thank you for your interest in Aunt Leah’s Independent Life Skills Society

We encourage qualified people of all gender expressions and identities, sexual orientations, visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities to apply if you are interested in supporting our mission and mandate and like what we have to offer.

What We Believe

Our Values

  • 01
    All behaviour has meaning and is the human tool for communication.
  • 02
    Success is fragile and must be tended to and supported with care.
  • 03
    An individual’s artistic/soulful centre must be expressed and appreciated.
  • 04
    Celebration is essential to a successful life.
  • 05
    Community building ensures that we all have a place to go when we need support.
  • 06
    Entrepreneurial spirit builds individuals and organizations.

Why Join Us

  • You’ll tackle unique challenges - Not two days are the same and each participant has their unique story but you have what it gets and will be given the support and resources to do the best. You’ll play a role in creating a future that otherwise wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for our team's entrepreneurial spirit and creativity.
  • Your professional development matters - Constant learning is essential and we also like to learn together. Once a month, we all get together to participate in meaningful workshops and discussions that enhance our ability to serve our participants and our community in a better way. We also invest in your individual education and training.
  • You will be part of one of the Top 10 Impact Charities in Canada - Aunt Leah's Place has been selected as a top 10 Impact Charity, by Charity Intelligence for three years in a row. We are the only one in B.C. with this designation.
  • You will feel like you are working with family - Our participants and staff frequently comment that Aunt Leah's feels like a family. We embrace individuality, diversity, and care for each other.
  • You’ll become part of a greater mission - The overrepresentation of BIPOC people in the child-welfare system in Canada is a result of years of colonial practices. We are on a mission to change the system and reduce the number of kids who enter the foster care system. Aunt Leah's uses research, data, and stories of lived experiences to understand the challenges before us. We advocate and partner with other root grass organizations to build innovative solutions, raise awareness, and drive much needed systemic changes.
  • We've got great leaders - Our leadership team rolls their sleeves up,  lead by example, openly recognize individual contributions and fully understand that we are humans with unique strengths and challenges. Their combined experience, sense of humour, and development skills, make it really easy to get up and go to work every day.

What We Offer

Besides a great workplace culture, we offer a generous benefits package (Dental and Extended Health Care), RRSP matching program, a generous vacation, and personal time package and employee discounts at our Thrift Store.

Every dollar counts

Your support helps kids in foster care and young mothers
achieve a better future.