LGBTQ Youth Advocate

Hayward, California, United States | Full-time | COVID-19 remote

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The Youth Acceptance Collaborative (YAC) is a partnership between Our Space (BAYC’s community center for LGBTQ youth), Family Builders and Alameda County Social Services.  The YAC provides a continuum of services towards the prevention of some LGBTQ youth from entering the child welfare system, and the transition of others from placement to family-based permanency.

The role of the Youth Advocate is to provide support services to LGBTQ youth ages age 13 up to 18 who are in foster care or at-risk of entering foster care.  The Youth Advocate may, at times, serve youth younger than 14, at the discretion of their supervisor. Support services will be focused on placement stabilization and may include: weekly, individual support meetings with youth; facilitation of a weekly support group for LGBTQ foster youth; collaboration and case consultation with Social Services staff and community partners; assessment and support of clients’ permanency needs; and referral and linkage services. The Youth Advocate will work closely with staff at the Alameda County Assessment Center to provide crisis intervention and stabilization services; build rapport and trust with LGBTQ youth; and decrease barriers to LGBTQ youth receiving services, education and community resources. This position requires a high level of independent decision making as 60 – 75% of the Youth Advocate’s time will be spent in the field providing community-based support services to youth referred to the YAC.  When not in the field, the Youth Advocate will maintain a physical presence in the milieu at Our Space to create a continuity of services for LGBTQ youth who have had contact with the Assessment Center, and at the Assessment Center so as to develop rapport and provide support to Social Services placement workers as needed.  Critical to this position is the ability to create and maintain positive working relationships with community partners, towards successfully supporting clients and engaging providers in submitting referrals.   

A portion of this role works to raise awareness around the programming and services offered through Our Space and the Youth Acceptance Collaborative.  The Youth Advocate is responsible for overseeing communications platforms, including social media, the monthly newsletter, and print materials.  Additionally, the Youth Advocate will network and collaborate with community partners, including schools and nonprofit organizations serving LGBTQ youth, to identify and pursue opportunities for collaboration.

RESPONSIBLITIES:

  • Responsible for assessing the placement and support needs of LGBTQ youth, conduct and complete intakes.
  • Utilize a positive youth development framework to build trusting relationships with LGBTQ youth and engage them in support services.
  • Build mutually respectful and supportive relationships with Social Service staff and community providers towards improving the care of LGBTQ foster youth.
  • Partner with youth in involving family, identifying community resources, developing strategies to overcome obstacles to independent living. 
  • Partner with youth to develop and monitor working goals and objectives with measurable outcomes.
  • Document meetings and services, use tools and track of outcomes in EHR, within agency reporting and Medi-Cal requirements. 
  • Transport youth in vehicle on a regular basis.
  • Work with Child Welfare Workers (and in particular, Placement Workers) to identify placement needs and advocate for appropriate and supportive placements.
  • Connect regularly via e-mail, phone, and in person meetings with community partners.
  • Promote Our Space and the YAC by tabling at resource fairs, presenting at workshops at local schools and nonprofit organizations.
  • Update Our Space’s social media, including Facebook and Instagram, with programming, special events, and local resources.
  • Creating and distributing original content for monthly newsletter, flyers, and infographics

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Experience working with LGBTQ youth required, preferably runaway/homeless and foster youth.
  • Experience working with communities of color and a demonstrative track record of cultural competency.
  • Experience with, and commitment to using, a positive youth development model.
  • Experience with training facilitation and curriculum development. Public speaking experience is preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
  • Proficiency in utilizing Internet, email, and web-based programs.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • California Department of Justice and FBI fingerprint clearance
  • A valid California driver's license
  • Personal vehicle insurance.
  • Reliable personal vehicle.

This is a full-time role. The salary range is $17- $21 hourly depending on experience.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sitting, walking, standing, twisting, and bending for brief periods of time.
  • Occasional reaching and/or grasping using hands and/or arms.
  • May be required to lift up to 20 pounds.
  • May be required to ascend/descend stairs.
  • Regular use of hands requiring dexterity in using the telephone, computer keyboard, mouse, or calculator.
  • Visual ability to read documents and computer monitor.
  • Exposure to low to moderate noise levels characteristic of working in an office or client environment.
  • Ability to drive to various sites.
  • Hearing and speech to converse in person and over the telephone.
  • Driving within 100 miles of Alameda County

Our Space is proud to be an affirmative action employer. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, migrants, women, femmes, persons with disabilities, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, nonbinary, or intersex are particularly urged to apply. 

Side by Side, formerly Sunny Hills Services is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, Vietnam era or other veteran status.