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Transitional Housing Program Internship

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Family Life Center - Ames, IA


Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of homeless youth? Join our team at YSS and become a vital part of our Transitional Living Program. Our program provides a safe and monitored self-sufficient living environment for homeless youth aged 16-21 who lack stable living arrangements due to unsafe family situations. As an intern with the Transitional Living Program, you'll play a crucial role in helping these young individuals gain essential life skills and work towards self-sufficiency.


As a Transitional Living Program Intern, you will have the opportunity to engage with our participants and assist them in various aspects of their transitional journey:

  • Support and Teach: Assist homeless youth in completing tasks like job applications, while providing guidance to help them learn the skills necessary for gaining and retaining employment.

  • Goal Setting: Work with transitional aged youth to set and achieve personal goals, fostering their self-sufficiency skills and independence.

  • Supervision and Guidance: Provide supervision during activities like cleaning and ensure a safe and supportive living environment.

  • Intake Assistance: Help new participants settle into their living arrangements, making their transition smoother.

  • Community Resources: Familiarize yourself with local community resources such as food pantries and clothing centers, and assist participants in accessing these services.

  • Collaboration: Work alongside staff to prepare for life skills and budgeting groups, provide support during meetings, and collaborate with case managers, advocates, and youth specialists to ensure participants' needs are met.

  • Donation Drives: Contribute to various donation drives and community events, including Reggie’s Sleep Out and holiday giving programs.

What We Offer:

  • Hands-on Experience: Gain practical experience within a nonprofit organization, making a positive impact on the lives of homeless youth.

  • Insight into Transitional Housing: Get an inside look at the workings of Transitional Housing programs and their impact on vulnerable youth.

  • Networking: Build connections with professionals in the nonprofit sector, expanding your network for future opportunities.

  • Dynamic Environment: Enjoy a casual dress code, collaborate with a supportive team, and the chance to extend your internship into the next semester.

Time Commitment and Training:

  • Minimum of 8 hours per week, providing flexibility to balance your commitments.
  • Bi-monthly meetings with your supervisor to ensure guidance and support.
  • Completion of Mandatory Reporter training and CPR/First Aid training to enhance your skillset.

Join YSS in our mission to provide opportunity and hope for a brighter future for youth in need. Make a real impact as a Transitional Living Program Intern and contribute to the growth and development of homeless youth in our community. Apply now to be part of a team that is changing lives every day.


About YSS:

Since our establishment in 1976, YSS has been dedicated to transforming the lives of children, youth, and families by offering support, hope, and opportunities. Through the collaboration of donors, volunteers, staff, and leadership, we empower young individuals to stand strong in the face of adversity. Become a part of the YSS family and help us continue this important work.



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.