Youth Worker - Covenant House Vancouver

Youth Worker

Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of homeless and at-risk-youth in Vancouver? At Covenant House we are growing and continue to be a leading provider of residential and support services to the city’s homeless youth. Our teams are dedicated and committed to helping at-risk youth move off the streets and on to independence.


We offer:

Full Benefits after 3 months

Competitive salary

Training and growth opportunities

Fun and diverse team of staff and volunteers


Position Summary 

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

 Minimum Qualifications

  • 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 female street involved youth issues
    • Basic computer skills


Additional Information 

Schedule Mon- Thur- Rotating Hours
Department Men’s Crisis Program
Location 326 West Pender Street, Vancouver


Covenant House Vancouver celebrates quality and diversity in the workplace. Our commitment is to ensure equity in employment, and we affirm and welcome applicants from all backgrounds of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation and age, except as prescribed by law.  We encourage applicants from qualified aboriginal persons, persons of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and others with the skills and knowledge to effectively engage with those from diverse backgrounds


Position Start Date

As soon as possible


Application Due Date

Posting will remain open until filled