LISA Inc. a division of Community Solutions, Inc. is seeking a dedicated Youth Advocate to join our SAIL program in Meriden CT. As an Youth Advocate you are responsible to work directly with residents to support them in the development of daily living skills, working through problems and issues, helping them navigate daily living/personal challenges, and coordinating and/or providing transportation when needed. You will be working Thursday-Saturday 12am-8am.
They will support the facilitation of goals on the individual service plans and work closely with all members of the program's team, support the Case Coordinators, and receive direction from the Program Director to ensure a safe, effective program. Responsible for documenting daily progress of residents and facilitation of the TIER System. Assistant Case Coordinators will provide direct care/oversight of residents while at the program and during trips, outings and activities.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS include but are not limited to:
Ensures that the tenets and philosophy of a strength based, gender responsive, relational, trauma informed program are reinforced
Works closely with each resident to support their individual growth and development, ensuring that daily living skills are taught
Collaborates with the Case Coordinators to ensure that each resident's individual goals are attended to, particularly daily living skill areas
Consistently encourages and motivates residents, regularly catching them doing it right
Reframe and/or redirect residents who are frustrated or struggling in some way
Consistently applies approaches outlined in the TIER System to encourage pro-social, healthy behavior
Appropriately holds residents accountable for unhealthy, unsafe behavior
Provides positive role modeling for residents at all times, including dress, managing personal emotions, behavior, etc.
Completes logs, reports, and data entry as required/requested
Implements and provides proper documentation for the programs behavior motivation system (TIER)
Contributes to the development of a monthly recreational calendar, participates in activities as appropriate
Maintains the confidentiality of the residents and their families according
to the agency's policy
Ensures that residents nutritional requirements are met, in collaboration with the Agency Nurse and/or Supervisor
Coordinates volunteer service projects with other LISA Inc. staff
Participates in all meetings as required
Transports and supervises residents
Administers medication in compliance with DCF regulations
May be mandated to work additional shifts should coverage not be available
Perform additional, related tasks as assigned by the Program Director.
Bachelors Degree with at least six months of experience or Bachelors degree, or an Associates degree plus 2 years experience working with youth.
Experience may be substituted for education.
Must be willing to learn and implement strengths based, relational, trauma-informed, gender responsive and culturally competent approaches.
Knowledge of Spanish in oral and written communication is desired.
Additional certifications may be required upon incumbency.
Prior experience working with adolescents in a residential setting
Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
Ability to effectively multi-task and prioritize
Strong interpersonal skills
Enthusiasm and passion for working with young people
Reliable, conscientious, and attentive to details
Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
Respect for varying cultures and diverse ethnicities
Openness to new ideas, theories and/or methods
Desire to learn and develop professionally
Ability to remain temperate and judicious in the midst of a crisis
Willing and able to learn and apply new skills
CSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Disability/Vet. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.