Drop-In Center Youth Advocate

Hours:                  Full-time, some evenings required

Location:            Portland, OR

Salary:                 $31,200


About New Avenues for Youth:  

New Avenues for Youth imagines a community where all young people thrive and experience health, well-being, and a self-determined home.  New Avenues works in partnership with the Portland community to provide homeless, foster-care, and at-risk youth of all backgrounds with the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives.  We are a diverse non-profit organization in our 20th year serving youth.


Our Commitment to Equity: 

New Avenues for Youth imagines a community where all young people thrive and experience health, well-being, and a self-determined home. Historical inequities and intersecting forms of oppression such as racism, poverty, adultism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism, among others contribute to marginalization and exploitation of youth. We believe, to redress youth homelessness and housing instability we must challenge and dismantle racism and other forms of oppression and build relationships within our communities that advance equity.

At New Avenues, advancing equity is an ongoing commitment without closure. We remain open-minded and presume best intentions, knowing that discomfort and conflict are inevitable. We take risks and make and learn from our mistakes. We seek multiple perspectives, strive for transparency, remain humble, and resist the urge to silence hard truths.


The Position:

The Drop-In Center Youth Advocate engages youth and maintains services through the Positive Youth Development model by providing guidance, information, and support to homeless youth at the New Avenues Drop-In Center.  This position works with youth to identify and implement youth driven projects and programs.  In conjunction with the Drop-In Team, this role also promotes a safe, clean, and supportive atmosphere within the center while assessing youth for housing, food, clothing, and support needs.  In addition, this position participates in the planning and implementation of service plans for youth to facilitate their exit from street life.


Skills & Knowledge: 

– Minimum two years of experience working with homeless or high-risk youth/young adults is required

– Desire and ability to work with multicultural staff and youth exercising exceptional patience and sensitivity

– Bilingual English/Spanish a plus


New Avenues for Youth offers a very generous benefits package.  To apply, send your cover letter and resume to jobs@newavenues.org.  .  Please be sure to include where you came across this opportunity with your submission.  New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@newavenues.org