Seasonal Casual Youth Support Worker, EWR
As we serve vulnerable youth, all employees working for Covenant House Vancouver must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required prior to your start date.
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 Support Worker in the Extreme Weather Response Program can make:
As a Youth Support Worker in our Extreme Weather Response Program, you will build trust and support professional relationships with youth. Working in the EWR Program you will demonstrate absolute respect and unconditional love to youth that will support them to know their worth. The EWR Program is a safe and non-judgmental environment where youth are supported against the elements of extreme weather. You will provide services from a harm reduction, culturally relevant, trauma-informed model of care while addressing any youths’ immediate needs. You will have the opportunity to build transformative relationship with youth and reduce the risks of street homelessness and substance use. Through relentless engagement, the CHV continuum of care connects with youth where they are at because we feel it should be “one size fits one” when it comes to supporting young people.
How you will contribute:
- Greet and welcome youth accessing CHV EWR services, assess and respond to their immediate needs
- Initiate, develop and maintain professional relationships with youth 16-24 years of age
- Maintain a safe, healthy, and positive environment for staff and youth alike
- Maintain professional boundaries
- Upon entry to the Program, introduce the services provided, orient new youth, and review youth guidelines
- Center the principles of Harm Reduction and Trauma-Informed Practice
- Support youth with addictions and mental health challenges and refer to our drop-in centre for additional supports & referrals
- Document client notes in ETO, write Incident Reports, and other routine documentation as required
- Respond to any emergencies or behavioral, mental health, emotional, or substance use concerns using trauma-informed practice
- Perform routine janitorial duties as required
- Perform environmental scans and wellness checks as required
- Attend all training as directed by your manager
- Laundry on each working shift
- Maintain the EWR space including: set up, safety checks, clean up and take down etc.
- Demonstrate the ability to work as a team member
- Overnight awake shifts
- Requirement to work 4 shifts per pay period (4 shifts bi-weekly)
- Other duties as required
Who we are looking for?
Education and Experience:
- One to two years post-secondary education, or equivalent
- First Aid & Non-Violent Crisis Intervention is an asset
Skills & Abilities:
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Familiar with at risk youth and youth homelessness
- Familiarity with substance misuse and mental health concerns
- Familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety
- 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 in the lives of youth in need
- Work safely with low youth to staff ratio
- Access to our Employee Assistance Program
- An inclusive team that welcomes innovative ideas and creativity
We have been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2024!
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Covenant House Vancouver is a secular organization that welcomes and serves young people from all backgrounds. While the international federation to which we belong was founded in the 1970s by members of the Catholic Church, we are not aligned with any specific faith traditions.
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 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.
The hourly wage is $23.25, plus a $2.00/hour overnight premium pay.
If our recruitment process does not work for you, let us know. Let’s see how we can work together to get to know you and see what might be a great fit!