Youth Services Worker
Are you a student who is a self-starter, with a passion for working with a growing non-profit organization that supports Indigenous peoples experiencing homelessness? The Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society (ACEHS) is seeking a Youth Services worker to work closely with the Youth Programming, the Outreach team, and other projects that will be focused on building relationships with Indigenous youth who are unhoused, at risk of losing housing, recently housed and/or aging out of Ministry care.
We are a non-profit and registered charitable organization whose sole focus is to support Indigenous peoples experiencing homelessness with a vision to lead long-term systemic change to better meet the needs of our people living away from home and experiencing homelessness. Established in 2016, the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness is an Indigenous-led non-profit organization whose mission is to end Indigenous homelessness across Vancouver Island by lovingly providing culturally supportive housing and services. Our work is grounded in Indigenous knowledge and centers on the voices of the Indigenous Street Community who share their immediate needs, lived experiences, and thoughts on solutions. Together, these perspectives guide our path toward collective healing, health, and housing stability. Being the sole organization focused on ending Indigenous homelessness on Vancouver Island, the work of the ACEHS is critical.
ABOUT THE ROLE
- Support knowledge gathering surveys with Indigenous youth as part of the WAGE-SOEN project.
- Support the Youth Programs Coordinator in organizing land-based events that are social and cultural
- Support relevant program evaluations and report writing.
- Focus on outreach and advocacy with Indigenous youth who are unhoused; support the pathway to housing and cultural supports.
- Support in identifying grant applications that relate to the 3-year youth action plan.
- Support with providing weekly nutrition boxes to unhoused Indigenous youth.
- Work with the Indigenous Outreach and Justice Advocate to support with systems navigations.
- Update Tracking Forms.
- Attend the ACEHS youth team in community networking events.
- Other duties as required.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Strong relatability and rapport building skills.
- Progressive understanding of persistent mental illness, addictions, and other challenges that impact health, wellbeing, and quality of life.
- Understanding of harm reduction; understanding of decolonized harm reduction.
- Demonstrated knowledge about Indigenous and decolonizing research methodologies, theories, and practices.
- Demonstrated knowledge about the intersectionality’s of Indigeneity, gender and sexual orientation as it relates to housing security.
- Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
- Ability to multitask and push multiple projects to completion simultaneously
- Ability to efficiently operate office equipment such as laptops, printers, scanners, and copiers
- Understanding of the intergenerational trauma that occurs because of colonization, Residential Schools, Sixties Scoop, and other oppressive systems as well as the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
- Ability to work in a holistic, professional, and non-judgmental manner as you are working with a broad range of personalities, needs, cultures, lived experiences and abilities.
- Working toward an undergraduate degree in social work, child and family services, or Indigenous studies
- Ability to use stairs
- Ability to lift 30 pounds
- Ability to complete repetitive tasks (such as sitting, standing, walking and bending)
Preference will be given to qualified candidates with Indigenous ancestry. The ACEHS values strength in diversity. As an inclusive employer that celebrates the gifts of all its staff and encourages members of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community to apply.
Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter which highlights how your knowledge, skills and abilities will and contribute to the ACEHS.
HOW TO APPLY
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