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Youth Advocate - Community Improvement and Job Training & Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative Programs

Company: Wisconsin Community Services
Location: Milwaukee
Posted on: November 19, 2023

Job Description:

Job Responsibilities:Position Summary: This position is a Youth Advocate for the Community Improvement & Job Training (CIJT) Program providing guidance and case management services to adolescents and young adults 16 - 23. This position is also responsible for providing outreach to organizations and performing related tasks in assisting with the daily operations of the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative (MFI) Program.Essential Functions:

  • Evaluate and assess the needs of youth ages 16-23 as they relate to the potential for actual gang involvement.
  • Utilize evidence-based practices when providing direct services to the target population.
  • Develop innovative and engaging techniques to recruit and retain participants.
  • Provide one-on-one mentoring and career counseling to a caseload of 25-40 participants.
  • Facilitate workshops and plan activities encompassing the program's core outcomes; AODA education, Life Skills, Gang Prevention, and Employment Readiness.
  • Develop and implement individual career and personal development plans.
  • Maintain participant records and ensure the confidentiality of all participant information.
  • Maintain a compilation of and utilize community resources.
  • Support information is entered into an assigned database, as required by the funding source and Project Coordinator.
  • Assist in orientation, training, oversight, and coordination of all CIJT and MFI programming.
  • Complete the intake process and weekly progress notes according to program requirements.
  • Attend all team and other relevant meetings. Other duties include: Assist in the development, design, and implementation of the annual MFI summit and mini summits. Job Qualifications:Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Working knowledge of youth development, gang behavior, and gang culture and effective programs and practices to reduce or eliminate gang involvement, patience, and understanding of difficult life situations; the ability to interact with escalating youth and adults professionally; ability to follow oral and written instructions ability to respond appropriately in crisis situations proficient with Microsoft Word and basic computer functions uses time efficiently and effectively; ability to multi-task; sensitivity towards cultural, ethnic and disability issues.Minimal Qualifications and Salary Schedule:
    • Must have previous experience working with adolescent and adult gangs, at-risk youth, adolescents, and/or their families; with an emphasis working with teams.
    • BA/BS in Social Work, criminal justice, or social service-related field preferred, or equivalent experience.
    • Must have an insured automobile and valid driver's license.
    • No convictions or license revocations that would fail a caregiver background check.
    • Individuals must be able to interact at a comfortable level with justice impacted youth + adults and their families and with all individuals referred to the program. Other Job Information (if applicable):Work Relationship and Scope: The position has no direct reports and will work with adults and youth starting at age 16. The participants served in this program will primarily reside in the neighborhoods surrounding the location and are the target population aimed at reducing violence in that area. The position performs a wide range of functions daily that will include using evidence-based practices and working closely with participants, community organizations, law enforcement, educational institutions, job training programs, and other resources that serve justice impacted adolescents and adults. Personal Attributes: Follow agency Code of Conduct; adhere to established policies and procedures of the agency and of all funding sources; ethically conduct self; maintain professional and respectful relationships with program staff, other WCS staff, participants, and all external persons and agencies involved with service provision; sensitivity toward cultural, ethnic and disability issues; demonstrate commitment to agency values and mission. Should have some knowledge in TABE Testing, community resources, and recruiting skills. Working Conditions: Work is performed primarily in the City of Milwaukee neighborhood and surrounding areas. The hours are 10:00 am - 6:00 pm daily with some flexibility and weekends, as needed. Physical Demands: Ability to sit for long periods, stand, reach, bend, climb stairs, and lift to 30 pounds. pm21 PIcc5f23251c82-31181-32541094

Keywords: Wisconsin Community Services, Milwaukee , Youth Advocate - Community Improvement and Job Training & Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative Programs, Other , Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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