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Youth Worker

Job Summary

The Youth Worker will work with other youth workers on the Anti-Black Youth Leadership Project in 4 other locations in the City of Toronto to make authentic connections with other youth/residents, advocacy groups, agencies schools and politicians etc. to achieve the project goals and community collaboration in Jane & Finch.

This program is funded by the City of Toronto’s Anti-Black Racism Initiative for a second year and focuses on enhancing pride in identity and leadership skills of African/Black youth. The Youth Worker, using an Anti-Black racism lens is responsible for building an intentional, sustainable community of support for Black youth leadership. The focus is on changing the ‘single narrative’ which so often defines and limits Black Youth, by providing innovative interventions which create opportunities for positive Black youth leadership and engagement. The initiative, ‘OLORI’ (Yoruba word for leadership) will continue to engage youth in the west and other parts of the city in a series of activities that promote leadership development, civic engagement and the creation of youth councils for local youth.  This is a one-year contract position at 3 days/week

Key Responsibilities:

The Youth Worker is required to perform the following engagement roles:

  • Coordinate youth projects across the city by visiting each group quarterly
  • Cultivate a relationship with the partners and the youth groups
  • Establish and cultivate youth to be engaged and participate in programs
  • Nurture the relationship between youth and other youth programs and services
  • Facilitate relationship building between youth and funder’s staff team
  • Hold monthly meetings for youth staff and youth advisory
  • Develop and strengthen alliances and establish self as key resource to funders and partners
  • Engage youth to identify issues, needs, goals, aspirations, skills, abilities and services needed as well as barriers to accessing services
  • Work collaboratively with partners to support youth councils across the city
  • Provide youth with the opportunities to explore and celebrate their African identity and build cultural pride
  • Connect youth to Black led organizations, elders and key community resources and support as needed to facilitate access to programs, services, employment and other opportunities
  • Act as a resource for youth and allies and respond to their needs by providing information and referrals
  • Engage and support youth to work on issues of Anti- Black Racism
  • Identify trends and examine community profile and demographics to guide proposed activities
  • Conduct surveys, support focus groups and individual interviews.
  • Attend programs and community events where community residents gather such as schools programs, places of worship, etc.
  • Organize a Youth Council, lead meetings, take meeting notes, and provide written summaries of meetings.
  • Participate in training sessions and meetings as required
  • Assist with organizing meetings, workshops and events to engage the community
  • Conduct outreach to inform residents of community meetings, workshops, opportunities and events
  • Highlight any issues to the Manager, Health Promotion and Community Services
  • Support programs and initiatives happening in Jane & Finch through Social media
  • Ensure that program service standards are in accordance with an African Positive Youth Development
  • Implement and maintain strength-based and evidence-based professional standards of practice within the program

Hours of Work: 21 hours a week.

Salary: $19-23/hour

Relevant skills:

  • Candidate must possess a Social Services, Child & Youth, Social Work or equivalent degree/ diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution or equivalent experience
  • Three years’ experience working with African/Black youth
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in delivering youth programs
  • Has lived experience of the issues faced by Toronto’s African/ Black communities
  • Understanding of the impact of oppression and anti-Black racism and the barriers faced by Black youth
  • Awareness of the issues faced by Black youth in the Care system
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersectional identities of Black youth and the impact of various forms of oppression
  • Demonstrated experience in mobilizing and supporting Black youth on social justice issues that affect and impact their lives
  • Excellent group facilitation and training skills
  • Possess an understanding of the diversity of the African Canadian experience and understanding of the issues facing African Canadian youth in the community.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with an anti-oppressive and anti- racist framework
  • Demonstrated advocacy skills and ability to encourage and support organizational advocacy
  • Strong written skills, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to set consistent and appropriate limits
  • Excellent organizational, planning and implementation skills

 

Reports to: Manager, Health Promotion and Community Services

Please send applications to hr1@bcchc.com

Deadline for applications: November 8, 2019 by 5:00 pm.

 

‘‘Black Creek Community Health Centre is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. All qualified candidates for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, disability, protected veterans status or any other legally protected grounds will be considered.”

 

Accommodations will be provided for candidates with disabilities, where needed and on request, to support their participation in all aspects of the recruitment process.

 

 

 

 

 

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