Alameda County Youth Voice Coach

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Position Title: Youth Voice Coach

Reports To: Youth Advisory Council Manager

Location: Alameda County

Status: full-time, non-exempt

A About Fresh Lifelines for Youth

Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) is an award-winning nonprofit working to break the cycle of juvenile violence, crime, and incarceration. In twenty years of this work, FLY has supported tens of thousands of young people impacted by the justice system. FLY is at a critical juncture in our evolution: adding to a long history of success providing impactful intervention and prevention programs for young people, we understand that the pipeline-to-prison is a series of systems, structures and practices that suppress the ability of young people of color and other marginalized young people to thrive. We’ve set an audacious goal to do something about it: by 2030, through partnering with young people, communities, and systems, FLY will contribute to the fight for equity and justice by taking concrete steps to dismantle California’s pipeline to prison, equip 30,000 juvenile-justice and at-risk youth to transform their lives, and strengthen services for marginalized youth in California and beyond. More info at:

Department Summary:

This position is housed in the Youth Voice Department. We envision the inclusion of youth voice as both a value of organizational culture and a vehicle of change in FLY’s IMAGINE 2030 plan. Our vision is to ensure Youth Voice is codified and implemented successfully throughout FLY while ensuring appropriate partnerships/collaborations with system partners and community members. Young people will lead the process to elevate their voices authentically in a way that shapes and shifts institutional practices and policies to influence the system that has impacted them to be more effective, humane, and just. 

Position Summary:

The Youth Voice Coach will mobilize for change by engaging in efforts to elevate youth voices in the juvenile justice system and the community. The YVC will further the work of FLY’s Youth Voice Department while collaborating with FLY’s Alameda County staff to execute a Youth Voice Integration Plan. This plan includes creating, planning, and coordinating efforts to ensure that the development of the Youth Voice philosophy, strategies, work plans and projects are integrated to advance key agency initiatives throughout the county. The YVC will have a core role in leading the County’s Youth Advisory Council work by supporting the development of the council and providing coaching and professional development for council members. The YVC will be instrumental in guiding and working partnership with the council members to create juvenile justice systems change and transform communities. Core functions of the YVC role include coaching, planning, coordinating, and stakeholder and community engagement. 

Position Responsibilities:

Collaborate with FLY’s Alameda County staff to support youth in developing their leadership voice (20%)

·       Support the development of formal youth leadership opportunities including program roles, community roles, and committee/council participation to elevate youth voice in the community

·       Provide trainings and workshops for youth in areas such as storytelling, public speaking, and leadership to support youth in developing their own agency and to engage in advocacy work in the community

·       Be a resource to FLY Program Case Managers to prepare youth for opportunities to share their voices

·       Identify opportunities for the Youth Advisory Council Members to train and collaborate with youth in FLY programs

Support the development of the Alameda County Youth Advisory Council (30%)

·       Gather input from youth voices in the community and in the juvenile facilitates through various methods such as 1:1s, focus groups, and workgroups to inform the formation and work of the council  

·       Assist in the ongoing recruitment of youth and engage 10-12 youth between the ages of seventeen (17) and twenty-five (25) who were previously involved in the juvenile justice system

·       Execute the day-to-day support of the Youth Advisory Council operations

·       Maintain active communication with probation, community and other system partners

Provide individualized coaching support and training to youth on the Youth Advisory Council (50%)

·       Facilitate an initial participation barriers assessment with each youth council member, as well as create individual professional development plans to support the youths’ personal and professional development

·       Document all youth council member efforts in FLY’s internal tracking system, Efforts to Outcomes (ETO).

·       Maintain paperwork including but not limited to the following: intake and barrier assessment, client agreements, professional development plans and YAC administrative support including stipend tracking. 

·       Collaborate with the Youth Voice Department staff to provide YAC members a minimum of 30-36 hours training on topics related to leadership, authentic storytelling, public speaking, policy, advocacy, community building, race and social justice. 

Other duties as needed and assigned.


Applicant Strengths & Experience

The ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to social, racial, and economic justice with experience in youth advocacy and a passion for collaborating with young people to improve our community.

·       Experience: A minimum of three years’ experience working with system impacted youth is strongly preferred.      

·       Relationship Building: Ability to initiate, develop and maintain trusting relationships in a short period of time with youth, parents, those representing the juvenile justice system, other key external stakeholders, and FLY volunteers and staff. Possess the passion to energetically promote FLY’s mission and Program components to attract, develop and retain youth and volunteer participation with FLY.   

·       Strong Motivating & Communication Skills: Exceptional listening, verbal and written communication skills with all youth and internal/external stakeholders, including: active listening with youth while guiding them to change and shift their behaviors; timely and professional follow-through with phone calls and email correspondence; and the ability to effectively present information in a clear and concise manner to management, program staff and community partners.

·       Resource Management: Utilizes strategic time and financial management to concentrate efforts on FLY priorities through efficient systems, processes and tools.  

·       Collaborative Multi-tasker: Exceptional ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously, while balancing the needs of stakeholders, FLY and YAC youth. Executes on priorities with strong work ethic, professionalism, and discretion.

·       Training and Coaching: Exceptional ability to coach, train, and support youth by providing professional development trainings, securing appropriate workshops/skill development, and creating a professional development plan

Position Competencies

·       Communication: Uses effective written and verbal communication with staff, teams, and communities served; demonstrates empathy, self-awareness, and listening skills.

·       Cultural Responsivity: Demonstrates the values of diversity and inclusion; fosters environments that facilitate more diverse 

·       and inclusive spaces. 

·       Critical Thinking: Consistently identifies, gathers, and applies relevant information to complete work efficiently and effectively. 


This position is a full-time non- exempt hourly role at a rate of $26.05/hourly with differential pay options based on language/advanced degree. Our Total Rewards Package also includes the following: 

·       Healthcare and/or 403(b) stipend

·       Mileage reimbursement 

·       10+ PTO days per year plus 12 holiday days; FLY also provides 3-4 additional "rejuvenation days off" twice per year in July and December (these days off are above and beyond your accrued PTO hours)

·       8 hours of civic engagement hours

·       Annual professional development goal stipend with a portion eligible toward health/wellness needs 

·       Employee Assistance Program (paid for by FLY)

·       Flexible work schedules and occasional remote work days 

·       Note: Many FLY events and activities occur during nights and weekends and require flexibility in staff schedules. We also are available and respond to youth crisis 24/7 and provide/arrange transportation for our youth to FLY events, engagements, and coaching sessions. . 

At FLY we have adopted a no-negotiation policy. This policy is less about not allowing for negotiation, but more about our commitment to equity. Our commitment to equity is ensuring that the offers that we make to each member of our staff is the very best offer that we have. 

Our Commitment To Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion

At FLY, we embrace a diversity of identities, beliefs, thoughts, and experiences. We commit to creating an organizational culture of equity and inclusion to serve our youth and communities better. FLY is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive for an inclusive culture and a staff team that reflects diversity. Applicants for all job openings will be considered without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex/gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful under any federal, state or local laws. We strongly encourage women; people of color, people who identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities; people with experience in the juvenile justice or criminal justice systems; and people with disabilities to apply. Fresh Lifelines for Youth is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to job applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at (408) 263-2630 or

COVID-19 Vaccination

At FLY, we are committed to the safety of our employees, clients, and all others who enter our workplace. While COVID-19 poses a threat to the health and well-being of all individuals, vaccinations can significantly reduce that threat and help protect our workplace as well as our community. As such, FLY would like to make clear that the COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment.

However, FLY does allow staff to apply for exemptions based on medical history or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices. However, this must be approved through FLY’s compliance department. If approved, employees will be subject to weekly COVID-19 testing and must wear masks/PPE at all times. 

Additionally, FLY will allow accommodations for unvaccinated employees to perform their essential job functions so long as it does not impose either a direct threat to the health and safety of the workplace and employees; or an undue hardship on the organization.

If either of the two conditions above are not met, and the employee cannot receive the vaccine, employment may be terminated. 


If you have additional questions, please contact us at (408) 263-2630 or email

How to apply

Please visit our website and apply under our "careers" page. You will need to include a letter of interest or cover letter and your resume 

Position Title: Youth Voice Coach

Reports To: Youth Advisory Council Manager

Location: Alameda County

Status: full-time, non-exempt

A About Fresh Lifelines for Youth

Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) is an award-winning nonprofit working to…

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