Job Details

Youth Advocate

Native American Youth and Family Center , Portland, Oregon

Full Time - Non-Profit

Salary Range: $17.00 hourly

Close Date: 12/31/2020

This position is responsible for completing assigned program activities that comply with funding requirements and agency program goals to provide direct support to American Indian and Alaska Native students in developing skills, knowledge and abilities to succeed in educational achievement. The Youth Advocate will work closely with youth to assist in the completion of academic programs and to improve reading, writing and math competencies. The Youth Advocate will need to be able to effectively communicate with students, parents, teachers and school officials. The NAYA Family Center is equipped with an up-to-date computer lab, Internet access, and a small library. This position is primarily a direct service position (75%). The remaining time will be dedicated to record keeping and general administrative tasks.

Essential Functions:
Advocacy:
• Provide outcomes-based student assessment, strength-based interventions, activities, academic counseling, and support for 20-35 Native American Elementary, Middle, and High school aged youth in coordination with families.
• Provide students with academic supports; ensure students have access to educational skills and life-skill development programming, as well as any programs or opportunities that the students demonstrate an interest in or need based on youth assessment.
• Perform educational advocacy on behalf of students with local schools and/or educational agencies
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with local schools and/or educational agencies
• Prepare written correspondence and/or program documents as required
• Perform assessment of family strengths to identify capacity to support student; develop support agreement with parent/guardian/significant family member to support student; develop and conduct parent/guardian skill building workshops.
Connect student with services:
• Identify and recommend NAYA Family Center programs or other community resources as needed and appropriate.
• Disburse student/client assistance funds including bus tickets and school supplies in compliance with funding source and program priorities.
• Refer students to the following programs, as well as support the student in an effort for the student to find success in these programs:
o Learning Center: coordinate academic support with tutors and increase participation in the Learning Center through community outreach. Provide one-on-one and/or small group tutoring for youth
during Learning Center hours, or during after-school times as well as serve as a teaching/subject resource for tutors.
o Skill Based learning opportunities: Plan, coordinate, teaches classes/workshops that develop youth skills and knowledge so that youth have higher success rates in the classroom, testing and overall academic success in schools.
o Field Trips: Organize and coordinate fields trips that intellectually stimulate and encourage NAYA Family Center youth participation in accordance with agency policy and procedures.
o Seasonal Camps: Recruit youth to apply for and be successful with spring and summer camps; youth advocates will also be responsible for staffing and supporting seasonal camps which may include leading a group, leading and/or recruiting workshop presenters, and other duties as assigned.

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