Job Details
Marshalltown, IA

The role

The Transitional Living Program was designed to provide the option of monitored self-sufficient living for homeless youth 16-21 years old. These individuals are not able to live safely with a parent or relative and have no other stable living arrangement. Participants live in site transitional living arrangements and are supervised and monitored for up to 21 months. Residents must be willing to participate in an appropriate level of counseling and abstain from chemical abuse.

A day in the life of a Transitional Living Program Intern can look like:

  • Helping youth with individual tasks/skills such as filling out job applications, and teaching the youth skills they need to gain/retain employment.
  • Teaching transitional aged youth aged 16.5-24 to set goals and reach them so they can learn self-sufficiency skills.
  • Supervising youth in their homes during various activities like cleaning.
  • Assisting in preparing for new intakes into sites, and assisting with getting clients settled into their new living arrangements
  • Becoming familiar with local community resources that the youth can utilize like the foods pantries, and clothing centers and assisting clients obtain these services if needed
  • Working with staff doing various activities like helping lead and prepare for life skills/budgeting groups, and meeting with clients.
  • Working with case managers/advocates/youth specialists to help make sure the youths needs are met.
  • Helping with various donation drives that the THS programs are involved with including Reggies Sleep Out, and holiday giving programs.
  • Attending local and quarterly meetings with staff as needed to learn about activities, events, best practices and more.
  • Learning the Care Logic system for client files and assisting to ensure all files are up to date and meets program requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What we offer

  • Valuable, hands-on experience within a nonprofit organization.
  • Behind the scenes look at Transitional Housing programs.
  • Make connections with other professionals in the nonprofit sector.
  • Casual dress code, fun team, and the opportunity to extend the internship into next semester.
Time commitment, training and supervision:
  • Minimum of 8 hours per week.
  • Bi-monthly meetings with supervisor; more meetings will be held if needed.
  • Mandatory Reporter training and CPR/First Aid training must be completed

We are YSS:

Since we first opened our doors in 1976, YSS has remained committed to positively impacting the lives of children, youth, and families, giving what many have never experiencedopportunity and hope for a brighter future. Thanks to our donors, volunteers, staff, and leadership, we continue to help youth stand strong. Every day.


What youll need

  • Commitment, Collaboration, Compassion, Innovation, Integrity, and a Can Do Spirit.
  • Must be at least 19 years old.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation
  • Ability to work collaboratively, independently, and take initiative.
  • Interest in young adults experiencing homelessness, transitional housing programs, and the YSS mission.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • All majors are accepted, but Human Services majors are preferred.