Youth Advocate/Mentor for Survivors of Sex Trafficking

Job Hours:            Full-time, 40 hours, some evenings and weekends required
Salary Range:     $35,000-$45,000 DOE
Location:               Portland, OR

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:
Provide focused outreach to youth ages 12-25 that are at risk of or currently being sexually exploited or trafficked, focusing primarily on youth and families who are involved with the child welfare system. This mentor will support a caseload of young people who are at risk or being sexually exploited through assertive engagement and youth-driven, goal-based case management. Using a positive youth development and trauma-informed approach, the work will focus on prevention, intervention and transition through harm reduction, life skill development and support. Due to the overrepresentation of youth of color and LGBTQIA youth impacted by trafficking, this coach will focus on providing culturally specific and responsive services for youth and be based out of our Youth Opportunity Center in East County.  In addition to providing direct services to youth, the CSEC Mentor will meet with regional stakeholders and practitioners to develop best-practice and enhance community response to sex trafficking. The CSEC Mentor will also serve as internal expert to help train and support agency staff in working with CSEC youth / survivors of trafficking.

Skills & Knowledge:

  • Ability to deeply connect and engage with youth
  • Basic knowledge of the child welfare system and spectrum of services for youth in foster care preferred.
  • Understanding of the issues of exploitation, substance abuse, mental health, trauma, developmental disability, abuse and adolescent development preferred.
  • Ability to work with multicultural staff and youth.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license
  • Use of personal vehicle for transporting self and clients for work purposes required.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English speaking a plus.

Education & Experience:

  • A college degree in social work, psychology or related human services field OR equivalent work and life experience required
  • Experience engaging youth who face multiple barriers, preferably around contexts associated with exploitation.
  • Minimum two years of experience working with high-risk youth required.
  • Diverse candidates and/or those with lived experience encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Responsible for rapid, mobile response to youth referrals from DHS – while this does not include 24 hour response, this position will be expected to work outside of normal business hours on occasion.
  • Using a harm reduction and assertive engagement model, keep youth engaged at multiple levels, allowing youth to access services at their own pace over time.
  • As the youth have the ability to engage, administer range of assessments to determine youth’s current skills and areas for internal growth.
  • Integrate results into a comprehensive action plan based on the youth’s input and timeline that will guide your work.
  • Accompany youth to community events and activities associated with their action plan.
  • Utilize traditional and non-traditional methods of education to engage youth in the program and identify school, work and life related goals and plans.
  • Support trafficking-specific Child Protective Services worker around helping youth and families engage in the assessment process when a young person is connected to the Child Welfare System.
  • Caseload may also include parents who are survivors and also have children involved in the child welfare system with the goal of preventing generational trafficking.
  • Track, document and evaluate youth participation and progress in these activities and prepare required DHS reports monthly.

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

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