Behavioral Health and Well-being Program Coordinator - Lutheran Social Services - AmeriCorps
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Arizona Serve
A few hours per week
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
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Lutheran Social Services
of the SOuthwest
Behavioral Health and Well-Being Program Coordinator
300 Hour Position
Approximately 8-10 hours/week
Service Location: Tucson, AZ
Service Dates: September 1, 2018 – June 31, 2019
I. ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND
Since 1970, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSS-SW) has responded to Arizona’s changing needs by compassionately offering quality services and resources that contribute to a stronger and healthier Arizona for all people. The mission of Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest is: Showing kindness, doing justice and serving those in need. In support of this mission, LSS-SW has four service areas including Aging and Disability Services, Children and Family Services, Emergency Services, and Refugee and Immigration Services.
The AmeriCorps State Member will be primarily responsible for identifying, supporting, and developing behavioral health programming for refugee youth throughout Tucson. Coordinating with core refugee resettlement services staff, they will work to build a network of behavioral health support, conduct outreach and will help refugee youth and families navigate systems, and track data with focus on outcomes related to improved attendance. Additionally, they will contribute to development of a stakeholder resource that documents the work and serves as a training module and resource handbook. The goal of this project will be to provide tools for service providers to better reach and serve refugee youth. Through this critically important work, we hope to fill gaps in services that prevent refugee youth and families from achieving their full potential and gaining self-sufficiency and a bridge out of poverty in the United States.
II. PROJECT FOCUS AREAS AND ACTIVITIES
A. Network and Resource Development: The AmeriCorps State member will coordinate to establish a collaborative network of refugee, youth, and behavioral health service providers; They will accomplish this by reviewing and updating the resource handbook, surveying local stakeholders for perceptions of risk factors, youth needs, staff training needs, and availability of resources. They will also identify gaps in behavioral health and refugee youth development services and identify new partners and invite them to join in the work and share their information in an updated handbook.
B. Training Support and Development: The AmeriCorps member will organize Youth Mental Health First Aid and invite teachers, volunteers, school staff, and other stakeholders to participate. They will also help to organize refugee youth support, identify other areas for training and work with community partners to establish training workshops.
C. Youth Assessment and Leadership: Through surveys, the AmeriCorps member will identify refugee youth assets and ensure the availability of programming building on the interests, talents, and needs of diverse refugee youth. Programs for refugee youth should foster joy, connection, stress-reduction, and overall well-being (such as art clubs, hiking trips, museum excursions, music and dance events, and more). Additionally, they will assist refugee youth with establishing clubs and activities within their communities that foster well-being.
III. Requirements and Benefits
A. Education, Skills and Abilities
· Age 17 or older
· Bilingual or multilingual abilities (in Arabic, Nepali, Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda, Tigrigna, Amharic, French, Spanish, or any other language)
· Experience living and working outside the United States (especially in a non-English speaking country)
· Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural and linguistic backgrounds
· Strong computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Apps
· Strong problem solving, writing, and verbal communication skills; organized and attentive to detail
· Understanding of and ability to maintain strict confidentiality regarding client and donor information
· Ability to multi-task and coordinate projects
· Ability to understand the "big picture" while completing detail-oriented tasks
· Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team setting in a consistent, energetic, and positive manner
· Friendly and effective interpersonal skills
· Flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to work well in a variety of situations
· Consistent and reliable access to reliable transportation
AmeriCorps State Member Benefits (300 Hour – Ed Award Only)
● Upon completion of service, minimum-time (300 hour) AmeriCorps members receive a $1230.69 education award that can be applied to educational costs or student loans
● Members participate in 10 (2-hour) trainings that qualify them for a Certificate in Civic Leadership and 4 college credits from Prescott College
● Team support and coaching
Arizona Serve is committed to implementing inclusive practices in the workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Those who have marginalized identities, whether or not those identities provide protected status, are encouraged to apply.
Prescott College is a proud participant in the Employers of National Service initiative. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.
To apply for this position, please download the AmeriCorps State application: HERE
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