Youth Advocate

Role

Under the direction of the Director, the position is primarily responsible for providing mentoring, case management, one-on-one intervention, group programming, recreation and SEL training to youth aged 13-24.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Recruit, intake and enroll potential candidates in CPSP programs.
Maintain a minimum caseload of 20 youth participants aged 13-24.
Assist with facilitating the Case Planning Cycle with program participants. This includes completing client intakes, interim assessments, and completing and tracking progress of Individualized Action Plans (IAP) with each participant.
Use knowledge of community resources to help participants achieved the goals outlined in their Individualized Action Plans (IAP).
Work collaboratively with community partners and other CUL Departments/Staff in linking clients with needed services.
Provide one-on-one support to clients in meeting the goals outlined in the IAP.
Meet weekly, monthly and quarterly with the parents, families, and schools of each participant on your caseload.
Maintain Case Notes for every client interaction.
Work within contract, grant, and program requirements with regard to paperwork, maintaining of client files, and reporting to funding entities.
Facilitate group sessions, including, but not limited to: Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) Groups, Violence Prevention Groups, Academic Support/Tutoring Groups, and Recreational Sessions.
Performs other duties/special projects as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

None

Job Requirements

This position requires the individual to have an understanding of the characteristics, problems, needs and interests of youth; good knowledge of community resources and facilities available to youth; good knowledge of youth programming; ability to establish trust and maintain support with youth; ability to plan, organize, implement, coordinate and evaluate programs to meet the needs of youth; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with health professionals and community organizations or agencies; ability to make accurate and objective observations; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to work independently; ability to use computer applications such as spreadsheets, word processing, calendar, e-mail and database software; assignments good judgment; initiative; tact and courtesy; physical condition commensurate with the duties of the position. This individual must understand, maintain, and uphold the mission and vision of the Chicago Urban League.

Must possess a valid driver’s license and motor vehicle insurance to operate a motor vehicle in the state of Illinois. Must pass a criminal background check.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree required
MSW strongly preferred
5+ years of related experience
Strong computer skills are required
Must be professional, mature and willing to be a role model

How to apply

To apply for this job, email your resume and cover letter to careers@thechicagourbanleague.org. Please include the job title in the email subject.

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