Youth Advocate and Training Coordinator

Hayward, California, United States Full-time

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 14 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 YAC 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.  The YAC Advocate will carry a caseload of 8 – 12 youth. 

The Training Coordinator portion of this role is responsible for partners to provide comprehensive, trauma-informed education sessions on topics related to supporting LGBTQ youth, with specific focus on supporting systems-impacted LGBTQ youth.  The Training Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of the training program, including curriculum development, training facilitation, and program evaluation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assessing the placement and support needs of LGBTQ youth who are referred to the YAC or residing at the Assessment Center.
  • Provide placement stabilization services to referred youth.
  • Complete YAC intake for active YAC clients on caseload.
  • Partner with youth in involving family and other informal and formal key players in planning services and supports for each youth.
  • Provide LGBTQ youth with appropriate service referrals and linkages.
  • Outreach via phone and email communication to other agencies and community partners serving LGBTQ youth to assess their training needs and identify potential training opportunities
  • Create and update curriculum, PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and resources to reflect current news, terminology, and best practices
  • Disseminate and collect evaluations to training participants following trainings
  • Review evaluation feedback and make recommendations to colleagues about necessary improvements regarding facilitation style, speech
  • Build collaborative relationships with community partners towards expanding the reach of the Our Space training program
  • Transport youth in vehicle on a regular basis.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience working with LGBTQ youth, preferably runaway/homeless youth and current or former foster youth
  • Experience with, and commitment to using, a positive youth development model.
  • Experience with training facilitation and curriculum development.
  • 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.

BAYC strives to be a beacon of hope to transitional age youth throughout California, as well as a model of consistent excellence when it comes to meeting the needs of those we serve. To accomplish these and other goals, we seek to recruit employees who promote our core values of respect, compassion, integrity, excellence, diversity, innovation and accountability.

Sunny Hills Services/BAYC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, Vietnam era or other veteran status. sex, culture, religion, age, disability, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation.