Youth Worker | Weekends | Men’s Crisis Program



In order to be hired at Covenant House Vancouver as an employee, practicum student, or volunteer, candidates must provide evidence of full courses of Health-Canada approved vaccinations prior to starting their first shift.

About Covenant House Vancouver

Since 1997, Covenant House Vancouver has provided relentless support for youth experiencing, or at-risk of experiencing, homelessness. We provide support to young people age 16 to 24 who have experienced a wide range of early life and ongoing, complex trauma; including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. Our purpose is to serve all youth, with absolute respect and unconditional love, to help youth experiencing homelessness, and provide a safe and supportive environment for all youth in need.

The Impact a Youth Worker in the Crisis Program can make:

Your primary role as a youth worker is to build trusting, supportive professional relationships with youth. You will collaborate with other agency staff to determine the best plan of care to help youth reach their goals and transition to healthy, confident adults. Working in the Crisis Program, you will support youth’s basic needs, support the youth with employment and educational supports, and support the youth transition to independence when they may be ready.

How you will contribute:

  • Greet and welcome youth accessing CHV services, assess and respond to their immediate needs, and provide them with practical resources including food, clothing, transportation
  • Initiate, develop and maintain relationships with at risk youth 16-24 years of age
  • Upon entry to the Program, introduce the services provided, orient new youth, complete program intake/admission
  • Work collaboratively with other staff to assist youth in identifying attainable short and long-term goals, strategies for meeting these goals, and an action plan for implementation
  • Assist youth with accessing external community supports and accompany them if needed
  • Coordinate youth meetings and activities, including recreation and life skills
  • Respond to any emergencies or potential behavioral, mental health, emotional, or substance use concerns, through the lens of trauma-informed practice by using supportive relationships and following strategies outlined in staff training or documentation in youth files.
  • Manage youth case files, including all relevant reporting and documentation
  • Attend all training as directed by your manager
  • Clean, search, and remake resident rooms at discharge
  • Laundry as needed
  • Front Desk and reception duties as required
  • Other duties as required

 

Who are we looking for?

Education and Experience:

  • Diploma or degree in related social service
  • Experience in a similar role is preferred but not required
  • First Aid & Non-Violent Crisis Intervention is an asset

Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Familiar with the challenges facing youth who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability
  • Familiarity with substance misuse
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries with the Youth
  • Basic computer skills

 

 Why Work for us? Would you like to …

  • Be part of a team that makes a difference to the lives of young people in need
  • Have a generous Health & Dental Benefits, including a health spending account, generous counselling benefits, and employee assistance program, great vacation and personal leave
  • Access ongoing training and development to improve both professional and personal growth
  • Attend an array of exciting team bonding exercises throughout the year
  • An inclusive team that welcomes new ideas and creativity

 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

CHV is committed to upholding diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace. We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to:

  • Persons from groups marginalized due to race, ancestry, colour, religion/spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
  • Persons with visible (physical) and/or invisible (mental) disabilities;
  • Persons who identify as women;
  • Persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions; and
  • Indigenous persons.

We recognize that many of these identities intersect and that therefore, diversity, equity, and inclusion can be complex. We value the contributions that each person brings and are committed to ensuring full and equal participation for all at Covenant House Vancouver.

We love what we do and try to make a difference every day. Covenant House Vancouver offers a competitive salary with a great benefits package and excellent opportunity for training and career advancement. If you are looking to join a place where we have a purpose and aim to achieve positive outcomes, please join us by applying.

 

Position Start Date

As soon as possible

 

Application Due Date

Posting will remain open until filled