Youth Support Specialist - Project Choice
Job Details
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$18.00 - $23.00 Hourly

Founded: 1981
Mission: To strive for Equity for our youth by valuing and supporting the life they envision.
Values: Respect, Trust, Empathy, Inclusion, Advocacy

Position Title: Youth Support Specialist PROJECT CHOICE
Employment Classification: Full-time; Non-Exempt
Reports to: Supervisor of Drop In Services
Department: Programs
Program Summary: Project Choice provides engagement, assessment and support to youth (ages 11 to 21) identified as having been commercially sexually exploited or at risk of being exploited.
Position Summary: Youth Support Specialists assists and coordinates support services to meet the needs of CSEC and works to cultivate a survivor centered and trauma informed approach to service provision. Project Choice has three major areas of support; Safety Services, Assertive Engagement, & Community Outreach.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Provide trauma informed, strength-based, survivor centered case management services that include; assessment of needs, safety planning, advocacy, referrals to supportive services, goal development and obtainment, relationship building and empowerment.
  • Assist youth in scheduling medical, dental, reproductive health, and mental health appointments. Provide transportation and support to appointments when requested.
  • Provide encouragement, positive role modeling and life skills through teachable moments.
  • Ensure a welcoming environment that supports and respects all youth regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.
  • Oversee youth activities while in the drop-in center and promote the center safety guidelines.
  • Provide community outreach to engage youth survivors and youth at-risk into all Orangewood Foundation CSEC Programs and services.
  • Assist youth to explore and resolve ambivalence regarding their trafficking situation through the use of motivational interviewing (MI) as a collaborative, goal oriented, survivor centered technique to support youths positive behavior change.
  • Participate in data entry into Orangewood Foundations internal database including demographics, case notes, goal progress and the collection of outcome data.
  • Provide crisis intervention to youth in the drop-in space and in the community.
  • Actively engage with youth to reduce risky behaviors by creating verbal/written safety plans and implementing the Stages of Change, encouraging youths autonomy in their decisions and providing non-judgmental care.
  • Communicate with therapeutic partners to collaborate their services into the Project Choice monthly activities calendar.
  • Provide Assertive Engagement services for youth by attending Orange County Grace Court weekly and visiting youth that may be in juvenile hall or YGC (Youth Guidance Center).
  • Support Peer Mentors by coaching, setting expectations, implementing their ideas for the program, and encouraging engagement with youth in the community and the drop-in space.
  • Provide support and education to families and caregivers of youth at risk of or with a history of sex trafficking and exploitation.
  • Other duties as assigned by direct supervisor and management



Knowledge, Skill and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in Human Services, Sociology, Social Work, Education, Psychology, or related field
  • Must be a minimum of twenty-four years old
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience working in a human services field
  • A minimum of one (1) year experience in direct or indirect service provision to the target population
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and two years-experience in providing crisis intervention services and case management to victims of crime, preferably to victims of sexual assault, human trafficking and domestic violence.
  • High tolerance and respect for youth survival actions, while promoting harm reduction strategies.
  • Excellent listening and interpersonal skills and ability to establish rapport with CSEC and youth at-risk who may be difficult to engage within different community settings.
  • Available to work weekends and evenings, as needed.
  • Pass a DMV clearance and possess a valid California drivers license and proof of automobile insurance. Effective communication skills including writing, public speaking, and conflict resolution/mediation skills.
  • Highly motivated, willing to learn, and able to work independently at times.
  • Continually develops self-knowledge of issues of human trafficking, laws and best practices.
  • Be comfortable with and understand adolescent & child abuse issues.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications; Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access.

Essential Qualities:

  • Understanding of and passion for the Orangewood Foundations mission, vision, and values. Demonstrates operating principles of communication and teamwork.
  • Displays the essential attitudes by approaching projects, activities and other job functions with flexibility and a positive attitude.
  • Displays ethical decision-making ability and confidentiality.
  • Models leadership and professionalism.
  • Ability to multi-task and maintain organization.
  • Must be detail-oriented team player with the ability to self-start.
  • Enjoys working with youth, young adults, volunteers, community partners, etc.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check, FBI/DOJ fingerprinting, TB test, and drug test. Professional work experience will be verified.

Working Environment/Physical Requirements:

Position requires use of personal vehicle to transport youth and occasional driving to meetings, workshops, events, etc. Physical requirements include standing, sitting, typing, bending and lifting up to 50 lbs.

Modification to work schedule may be made based on need of the Foundation.

Orangewood Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex. gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other protected group, in accordance with all applicable federal or State laws.

Updated: 02/03/2021

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