Lead Youth Advocate for Residential Housing Program

LOCATION:         Portland, OR

HOURS:               Full-time

RATE OF PAY:    $34,000


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 Lead Youth Advocate is responsible for engaging youth and maintaining services through the Positive Youth Development model. They will provide independent living skills training, guidance, information and services, within the agency’s mission and goals, to youth in the transitional housing program.  The Lead Youth Advocate must maintain a safe and supportive multicultural environment for homeless youth.  The ability to motivate youth to explore and accept alternatives to street life is also a key responsibility.   Working with the Residential Supervisor, the Lead Youth Advocate also serves to oversee and support team members within the space and serves as a point person for matters that arise.

Knowledge & Skills:  

  • Experience working with high risk populations
  • Experience in responding to crisis situations with homeless or at-risk youth
  • Exceptional patience and sensitivity for homeless or at risk youth
  • Developing relationships with youth to assist them in their daily responsibilities within the programs.
  • Work to create a space that reflects the tenants of Positive Youth Development
  • Work to encourage youth participation within the programs
  • Be a part of the agency team; participate in the planning and implementation of treatment plans for youth to facilitate their exit from street life
  • Ensure program rules are being followed. Maintain a safe environment, emotionally and physically, for all youth
  • Attend and participate in a strength-based and solution-focused manner in meetings and supervision as requested
  • Assist staff in facilitating youth groups and activities
  • Oversee and participate in the cleaning and up-keep of the program facilities
  • Work assigned shifts with flexibility to cover all departments as needed
  • Bilingual: English/Spanish speaking a plus

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology or social work, or equivalent experience working with high-risk youth.
  • Ability and desire to work with diverse staff in a multi-cultural environment

New Avenues for Youth offers a very generous benefits package.  To apply, send your cover letter and resume to jobs@newavenues.org.  You can learn more about New Avenues by visiting our website at newavenues.org.  Please be sure to indicate where you came across this opportunity.  New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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