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Adolescent Youth Advocate/Professional Mentor

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Friends of the Children-Boston | Roxbury, MA
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Friends of the Children-Boston


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September 1, 2020
July 31, 2020

About Us

Friends of the Children-Boston impacts generational change by empowering youth facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with professional mentors – twelve plus years, no matter what. 

We provide a salaried, professional mentor, called a Friend, for a youth's entire childhood, from kindergarten through graduation. We call the children we work with Achievers to demonstrate our belief in their potential for success. We select children facing the highest number of risk factors in kindergarten and provide them with weekly support every year for 12.5 years. Friends-Boston’s long-term goal is that Achievers will graduate from high school and succeed in college.

Job Description

An Adolescent Youth Advocate is a critical member of a team of support providers for a cohort of Achievers in grades 6-12. A Youth Advocate is responsible for being the primary “Friend” to 10-12 adolescent Achievers. The Youth Advocate ensures that the necessary life, home and school supports are available to help every Achiever eventually graduate high school and attend college. The Youth Advocate works collaboratively with other team members and reports directly to the Associate Director of Programs. An ideal candidate is someone who is relentless in pursuit of success for his/her/their Achievers. He/she/they understands and is comfortable with navigating through complex situations. He/she/they believes that all children have the capacity to succeed and will do whatever it takes to support them in doing so. He/she/they understands that circumstances of poverty are delicate and complex and he/she/they must be comfortable supporting Achievers despite of barriers that may be in the way. Lastly, he/she/they believes in outcomes driven methodologies and will use data to track progress towards organizational outcomes.

Responsibilities

Attitude:

  • Commitment to providing relentless support to Achievers, families and staff
  • Ready to go above and beyond in time and effort to ensure goals are met
  • Extreme flexibility and adaptability
  • Positive, collaborative and resourceful
  • Must have a team-first mindset

Achiever Support:

  • As part of the team, ensure that Achievers are receiving at least 16 hours of direct and indirect support a month
  • Develop positive relationships with Achievers and their caregivers through frequent communication and home visits
  • Serve as a primary contact for the caregivers of each Achiever and provide necessary support in direct benefits of the Achievers.
  • Know the needs and strengths of each Achiever served in your cohort and specifically on your caseload
  • Develop knowledge of academic performance and social/emotional proficiency for each Achiever
  • Utilize knowledge of Achievers’ assets and deficits to set appropriate and realistic goals
  • Provide “supportive efforts” (community-based resources and services) and referrals to Achievers and their caregivers to ensure positive outcomes and to work towards prevention
  • Maintain up to date electronic files for each Achiever using organization's data system
  • Responsible for conducting social/emotional and needs assessments and collecting academic data from schools
  • Provide transportation for Achievers as needed
  • Serve as primary contact with teachers and administrators at each of the schools attended by Achievers

Data/Evaluation Management:

  • Review Achiever data weekly to drive decision making about what is best for the Achiever
  • Review data both weekly and monthly to prepare for monthly reporting meetings and to ensure that data is accurate and complete
  • Use Efforts to Outcomes (ETO), an online evaluation program, to document and maintain all case notes and regularly analyze Achievers progress towards goals to inform and modify service plans
  • Ensure on-time completion and submission of Achiever assessments, goal reviews, weekly service plan logs (case notes), academic data, and other evaluation materials

Organizational Support:

  • Advocate for Achievers for opportunities to participate in enrichment activities/events/programs
  • Participate in and supervise participation of Achievers in Friends-Boston events
  • Attendance at organizational events is required

Additional Responsibilities

  • Other duties as assigned
  • Ability to work up to 2 Saturdays/month throughout the year as well as some late nights required
  • Commit to work hours of 11 am to 7 pm, with flexibility of possible morning and evening meetings as scheduled
  • Vehicle and good driving record required

Qualifications

  • Associate’s Degree required, Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • A minimum of 2 years of working with children in an urban setting preferred
  • Prior experience in the fields of education, social work, youth development and/or school based programs strongly encouraged to apply
  • People of color strongly encouraged to apply

About Us

Friends of the Children-Boston impacts generational change by empowering youth facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with professional mentors – twelve plus years, no matter what. 

We provide a salaried…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 2-Year Degree Required

Benefits

We are committed to staff learning, growth and development. Our investment includes:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Medical and dental insurance with up to 90% employer contribution
  • 401 (K)
  • Generous time off including 20 PTO days/year to start and 11 organizational holidays.
  • Individual, local, regional and national training
  • A commitment to developing leaders from within the organization.
  • An organizational culture that supports staff well-being and self-care
  • Ample opportunities to connect with the students and communities we serve

We are committed to staff learning, growth and development. Our investment includes:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Medical and dental insurance with up to 90% employer contribution
  • 401 (K…

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish, Haitian Creole, and or Cape Verdean Creole language skills a plus!

Spanish, Haitian Creole, and or Cape Verdean Creole language skills a plus!

How to Apply

Please submit your resume to hiring@friendsboston.org. You may also submit an optional cover letter.

Please submit your resume to hiring@friendsboston.org. You may also submit an optional cover letter.

Location

184 Dudley Street, Ste. 100, Roxbury, MA 02130

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