Our Commitment to Equity
The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We are dedicated to removing institutional and systemic barriers that result in oppression and racism. We will be accountable to marginalized communities for creating equitable and sustainable environments where social justice is woven into every facet of our programs, and by caring for our communities in a culturally versatile and respectful manner.
Outreach Workers locate and build relationships with youth involved in gangs, violence and the juvenile justice system and help youth connect to services. Outreach Workers also support youth impacted by incidents of youth violence.
This position is at the Social Impact Center Y, the social services branch of YMCA of Greater Seattle (YGS). The mission of the Social Impact Center Y is to accelerate young people’s ability to build safe, successful, and happy lives. Every year, we serve 5,000 children, youth, young adults, and families across King County with programs that aim to strengthen young people’s ability to develop to their fullest potential through four strategies: reducing risk factors; navigating systems towards successful life transition; ensuring stability, safety and wellness in times of crisis; and building competencies and social capital. The Social Impact Center Y’s programs include housing, behavioral health, foster care licensing, violence prevention, education, and employment. Many of the young people we serve have had involvement in the foster care, criminal justice system, and/or homelessness systems.
What you'll get from working at The Y
Minimum compensation for this role is $22.00/ hour
As of 3/12/2022, COVID Vaccination for this role is Required. This position requires proof of vaccination in compliance with local state and federal guidelines unless a submitted medical or religious exemption is approved. To see requirements for each program within our association, click here.
Build transformational relationships with youth, beyond connecting them to services, centered on motivating youth to positive change by doing the following:
1. Identify and meet youth who require services to reduce their involvement in violence, gangs and the juvenile justice system in locations where crime and youth activity are high.
2. Locate youth using street outreach strategies, including home visits and community networking.
3. Meet with youth in community-based locations the required number of times/length of time each week to build rapport and positive, coaching relationship.
4. Conduct and complete assessment on each youth to determine risks, needs, and goals.
5. Inform youth about community-based services that address their self-identified needs, goals and barriers and help youth engage in services and opportunities offered by community partners.
6. Meet with partner agencies on behalf of and/or with youth.
7. Retain youth by providing culturally responsive access to opportunities and resources, supporting youth through their enrollment in services, helping youth address and remove barriers when they encounter them.
8. Visit youth in institutions, including schools and justice facilities.
9. Observe and track community violence, tension and gang conflicts and communicate information in real time to supervisor, appropriate safety agencies and to Outreach Team in regularly scheduled meetings.
10. Be available as needed, including during weekends and evenings, to respond to the needs of the community after incidents of youth violence. This can include supporting youth in detention, the hospital, or at vigils.
11. Provide de-escalation and mediation as required.
12. Promote safety and peace at community events.
13. Enter accurate, timely data into client database.
14. Maintain, track, and submit accurate records, including calendar, and forms for assessments, enrollments, exits, reimbursements, and all contacts with clients.
Other applicable education, training, and experience, which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position will be considered.
ADDITIONAL PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility. We also believe in supporting the wellbeing of our employees and offer a free Y membership as a benefit of employment.
Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities.
“YGS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and equitable work environment. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal law.
We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on the results of a background check and (on applicable jobs) drug screening, including screening for marijuana. We participate in the Federal E-Verify system.
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