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Youth Worker - Lynn

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Roca, Inc. | Lynn, MA
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Location: Lynn, MA

Position Overview

This position will report to the Lynn Site Assistant Director. Roca’s youth workers work with very high-risk young men, ages 17-24, most of whom have been arrested, been incarcerated, dropped out of school, are street involved, young fathers, gang members, and facing multiple barriers. Through relentless outreach youth workers build intentional relationships with these participants, engage the participants in a variety of programming, and work with participants through their stages of change in order to drive toward long term positive outcomes. Additionally, youth workers will work community partners (police, probation officers, community members) within the communities Roca is serving. The successful Youth worker will work closely with team members, supervisors, and others within the organization to ensure that each young person is driving to outcomes of economic independence and living out of harm’s way.

Roca strives to meet the following outcomes with each participant: No Re-Incarcerations and Retained Employment

Responsibilities

  • Understand, practice and promote the vision, mission, and values of the organization.
  • Implement Roca’s High Risk Youth Intervention Model:
  • Relentless Outreach
  • Outreach is on-the-street, in places where young people hang-out, in people’s homes, and at the schools.
  • Relentlessly showing up in young people’s lives, especially through times of relapse.
  • Transformational Relationships
  • Maintain a caseload of 25 high risk young men in Roca’s target population
  • Youth workers are expected to have actual, intentional contact with every participant on their caseload 2-3 times a week. A minimum performance benchmark is 80% of caseload receiving 2-3 weekly contacts.
  • Stage Based Programming
  • Engagement of a minimum of 60% of caseload in programming (2x per week).
  • Strategic recruitment to ensure that participants are engaging in appropriate programming (e.g. ensuring participants engaged in transitional employment, prevocational training, education, etc…)
  • Work with team to plan and implement engagement activities.
  • Lead and implement life skills programming as determined by coordinator.
  • Engage participants in appropriate educational prevocational, employment programming.
  • Fill in as a TEP Crew Supervisor as needed
  • Engaged Institution Strategy
  • Through dialogue and action, maintain relationships with the other adults in the lives of the young people.
  • Support participant in court advocacy
  • Communicate with case workers, probation officers etc as needed.
  • Community Engagement
  • Represent Roca in appropriate groups and committees locally and with partners
  • General Responsibilities
  • Maintain Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) data base through data entry of all work with participants on a daily/weekly basis, completion of assessments and all other tools as required for evaluation purposes
  • Utilize ETO reports and data to track participant progress and own performance in moving young people through change process and achieving expected performance indicator targets
  • Actively participate in the safety of the space for all participants through building coverage and communication across the organization
  • Demonstrate mindfulness for the resources that Roca possesses, and actively work to maintain their functioning
  • Communication around participation of young people in high risk youth intervention model components with supervisor and other appropriate staff (e.g. pre-voc instructors, crew supervisors, teachers, etc…)
  • Participate in staff trainings and development
  • Commit to engage in personal and professional growth and competence development to increase capacity to serve young every day
  • Other tasks as assigned

Qualifications

The very nature of Roca’s work requires an individual of great commitment and energy to the mission. Roca seeks a highly driven individual who is good fit both personally and professionally for the culture of Roca. In addition, the ideal candidate for this position will be a trustworthy decision-maker. He/she will have a sense of humor, feel passionate and committed to direct work with high risk youth, and demonstrate interest in coaching and supporting coworkers.

Roca expects candidates to have the following skills:

  • BA preferred/Equivalent experience accepted--Minimum of three years of direct service work with high risk young people
  • Understanding and experience working with street involved high risk young people.
  • Capacity for creative problem-solving, conflict resolution, violence prevention
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Capacity to think and act intentionally and strategically to help young people change behaviors
  • Creative problem-solving and thinking
  • Excellent at organizing, managing and completing multiple complex projects and tasks simultaneously with thoroughness, accuracy, timeliness and good humor.
  • Self-motivation, initiative, sound judgment, and commitment to ongoing learning are essential
  • Ability to work as a part of a team.
  • Bilingual skills desirable (English-Spanish)

Requirements for the position:

  • Ability to travel around the service area
  • Computer Literacy
  • Valid state issued driver’s license
  • Criminal background and current driving record check
  • Willingness and ability to work outside of normal business hours, and Holidays and/or weekends as needed.
  • Ability to work with diverse cultures
  • Strong attendance and high energy

Roca is an equal opportunity employer

Location: Lynn, MA

Position Overview

This position will report to the Lynn Site Assistant Director. Roca’s youth workers work with very high-risk young men, ages 17-24, most of whom have been arrested, been incarcerated, dropped out of school…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

In addition to classic benefits such as time off and holidays, Roca offers other excellent benefits: employer-sponsored health insurance, dental insurance, employer-paid short/long term disability, group life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, a wellness program, employee assistance program and flexible spending accounts.

In addition to classic benefits such as time off and holidays, Roca offers other excellent benefits: employer-sponsored health insurance, dental insurance, employer-paid short…

How To Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, and stating how you heard about this opportunity, with a resume (both in Word format) to Roca at HR@rocainc.com, subject line "Youth Worker."

Please e-mail a cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, and stating how you heard about this opportunity, with a resume (both…

Location

52 Andrew Street, Lynn, MA 01901
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