Full-time Youth Worker (Rights of Passage) - Covenant House Vancouver

Full-time Youth Worker (Rights of Passage)

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of homeless and at-risk youth? Covenant House Vancouver is the premier provider of residential and support services for our city’s homeless youth, and we are growing! You will be joining a team of dedicated and committed youth workers whose mission is to help at-risk young people move off the streets and on to independence.


Job Function

The Youth Worker is responsible for the direct implementation of Covenant House Vancouver’s philosophy, policies and principles as they pertain to client care.  Oversee building activity including; client, program, and building security, operations and community relations.  Provide services to youth living on the street and/or in the community.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Initiate, develop and maintain relationships with at risk youth 16-24 years of age
  • Assist clients in identifying attainable short and long-term goals, strategies for meeting these goals, and an action plan for implementation
  • Assist clients in exiting street life, maintaining independence in the community, and/or accessing supported living
  • Provide youth with practical resources including food, clothing, transportation, etc
  • Ensure adherence to and role model Covenant House principles and core values
  • Conduct intake/admission interview, and participate in assessment, managing through daily an individualized Client Plan with youth on caseload for the duration of their stay
  • Support youth with daily routines in the highly structured environment
  • Assess and address the immediate needs of either resident and non-resident youth, especially those who are seeking support when other service providers are closed
  • Address serious behavior, mental health, emotional, and addictions issues through brief counseling, implementing Special Covenant, defusing/managing critical incidents, supportive relationships, and referrals to other CHV programs and/or community service providers
  • Assist youth with accessing community support networks including: medical, legal, addictions, therapeutic, mental health, social recreational service providers
  • Coordinate youth meetings and activities
  • accompaniment to appointments, visitation in hospital or independent living situation, 1 to 1 support, risk assessments, supportive counseling
  • Greet clients upon entry to the Program, introduce the services provided, orient new clients, complete program intake/admission


  • Diploma or degree in related social service i.e. child and youth care diploma, social work, psychology, and/or sociology diploma or degree
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Non-violent crisis intervention certificate or managing hostile interactions is a strong asset
  • First aid certificate
  • Familiar with runaway and street involved youth issues
  • Basic computer skills

Other Information

  • Preferred start date: March 2, 2018
  • Weekend overnights – Friday to Sunday
  • 72 hours per pay period
  • Full benefits included
  • Female support only. Males are exempt from applying for position*

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in and would like to be a part of a family like organisation with excellent growth opportunities, please send us your resume. We also offer a great benefit package, competitive salary and the opportunity to attend a variety of training courses all paid for by Covenant House.


*Due to this position supporting vulnerable young women, we have received approval from the Human Rights commission to only consider female applicants for this position.


Position Start Date

March 2, 2018


Application Due Date

Posting will remain open until filled