Youth Worker - Covenant House Vancouver

Youth Worker

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.

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 benefits package, competitive salary and the opportunity to attend a variety of training courses all paid for by Covenant House


General Information

  • Location: 326 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC  V6B 1T1
  • Employee Type: Contract


The youth worker is responsible for the direct implementation of Covenant House Vancouver’s philosophy, policies and principles as they pertain to client care. The youth worker oversees building activity, including client, program, 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 service resistant youth 16-24 years of age
  • Assess the needs of and establish ‘plans of care’ for clients
  • 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
  • Shelter Service to youth age 16-24
  • Conduct intake/admission interview, assessment and develop and manage through daily contact, and 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 behaviour, mental health, emotional, and addictions issues through counselling, 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
  • Escorts to community resources when requested
  • Coordinate youth meetings and activities
  • Manage crisis intervention and counselling including briefing and debriefing for youth
  • Assist in admission/intake interviews and assessments as needed
  • Accompaniment to appointments, visitation in hospital or independent living situation, 1 to 1 support, risk assessments, supportive counselling
  • Greet clients upon entry to the Drop in, introduce the services provided, orient new clients, complete program intake/admission and assessment, and establish plans


  • Diploma or degree in related social service
  • Minimum of 2 years related experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Non-violent crisis intervention / managing hostile interactions certificate a strong asset
  • Valid first aid certificate
  • Familiar with runaway and street involved youth issues
  • Leadership and team building
  • Basic computer skills

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Mon-Thu – Full Time Contract until Dec 4, 2018
  • Female Applicants only: 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
  • Benefits: Selected benefits available immediately
  • Department: Rights of Passage

At Covenant House Vancouver, we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, we support it and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees and our youth. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and we hire on the basis of merit, ensuring quality and diversity in the workplace. Our commitment is to ensure equity by actively welcoming employment without race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation or age, except as prescribed by law. We encourage applicants from qualified aboriginal persons, all gender identities and gender expression, sexual orientation, persons with disabilities and others with the skills and knowledge to effectively engage with those from diverse backgrounds.


Please Note:  All candidates must successfully complete a criminal records check prior to commencing employment at Covenant House Vancouver.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only qualified candidates will be contacted.


Position Start Date

As soon as possible


Application Due Date

Posting will remain open until filled