Drop-In Center Youth Coach – Part Time

Website Spectrum Youth & Family Services

Spectrum Youth Coaches are the primary, front line staff in the Drop-In Center. They provide brief interventions, screening, resource coordination, referrals, and case management to youth being served in the Spectrum Drop-In Center. The Youth Coaches are young adults who are at least 18 years old and need to be healthy role models for the youth being served. This is a permanent part time position, located in St. Albans, which pays $20.00 per hour.

Essential Summary

Staffing Drop-In Center:

  •  Maintain Drop-In Center as a safe, clean, and accessible space for youth and young adults, ages 14-24.
  • Provide basic needs to youth who access Drop-In services.
  • Adhere to the procedures and policies of the agency and of the program, assisting in programmatic policy updates as needed.
  • Provide supportive engagement and brief interventions based on Motivational Interviewing.
  • Use appropriate crisis intervention techniques in the space to deescalate youth and maintain a safe space for all community members.
  • Provide resource coordination, case management, and referrals to other   Spectrum and community services as appropriate.
  • Provide formal Recovery Coaching to interested youth.
  • Facilitate activities to attract, educate, and empower youth.
  • Advocate for and with youth and assist them to access and utilize resources and services within Spectrum and the community by maintaining partnerships with other programs and agencies.
  • Participate in regular outreach efforts to engage youth outside of the space.
  • Assist in the training and mentoring of new Youth Coaches and AmeriCorps members.

Record Keeping:

  • Perform formal intake process with each new youth to the space.
  • Keep daily logs of youth and services provided.
  • Conduct appropriate screenings and provide data for funding requirements.
  • Track youth interactions and progress through detailed notes in agency database and inter-program lines of communication.
  • Participate in weekly supervision and staff meetings, and trainings as needed

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be knowledgeable about issues facing target population (homelessness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse mental health problems, family conflict, physical health issues, criminality, etc.) or be willing to learn.
  • Must be knowledgeable or willing to learn about area resources available to youth and young adults and able to dispense that information as needed to youth seeking services.
  • Ability to engage and build rapport while setting effective limits and boundaries with youth.
  • The ability to work independently and as a team member and according to the NASW code of Ethics.
  • Participating in supervision by identifying needs and issues, asking for assistance, support and training, and being able to offer, accept, and utilize feedback.
  • Commitment to the values of diversity with respect to gender identity, race, age, socio-economic level, sexual orientation, and religion.
  • This position may include driving the Spectrum van and/or transporting clients. Driver’s license may be required.
  • Willingness to become certified as a Recovery Coach in the state of Vermont wi

Work Environment

The above duties will be carried out in the Drop-In Center and occasionally transporting clients in the local area. The hours will be between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm Monday-Friday. This position will have the opportunity to help with coverage when staff is out, as needed.

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