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Youth Advocate Community Improvement and Job Training (CIJT)

Company: Wisconsin Community Services
Location: Milwaukee
Posted on: May 9, 2024

Job Description:

Job Responsibilities:Youth AdvocateCommunity Improvement and Job Training (CIJT) 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. The primary focus of the youth advocate is on the personal, social, cultural, and educational development of CIJT participants. Essential Functions:

  • Evaluate and asses the needs of youth ages 16-23 as they relate to the potential for and 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 case load of 25-40 participants
  • Facilitate workshops and plan activities that encompass 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 the entry of information into assigned database, as required by funding source and Project Coordinator.
  • Assist in orientation, training, oversight, and coordination of all CIJT programming
  • Complete intake process and weekly progress notes, according to program requirements
  • Attend all team and other relevant meetings.Work Relationship and Scope: The position has no direct reports and will work with at-risk young adults ages 16-23. 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 gang-involved adolescents and young adults. Job Qualifications:Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Working knowledge of child/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 young adults in a professional manner; ability to follow oral and written instructions ability to respond appropriately in crisis situations proficient with Microsoft Work and basic computer functions uses time efficiently and effectively; ability to multi-task; sensitivity towards cultural, ethnic and disability issues. Should have some knowledge in TABE Testing, community resources, and recruiting skills.Minimal Qualifications and Salary Schedule: Must have previous experience working with adolescent and adult gangs, at-risk youth, adolescents, and/or their families. Emphasis is on working with teams. BA/BS in Social Work, criminal justice, or social service-related field preferred, or equivalent experience. Must have 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 at-risk youth and their families and with juveniles referred to the program. Other Job Information (if applicable):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.Working Conditions: Work is performed primarily in the 53212 neighborhood and surrounding areas. 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 PI3d4dc7cbf791-31181-28907720

Keywords: Wisconsin Community Services, Milwaukee , Youth Advocate Community Improvement and Job Training (CIJT), Other , Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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