Do you have a heart for youth experiencing homelessness? Are you passionate about seeing youth experience wholeness and transformation? Light Patrol, a program of Youth Unlimited (TYFC) is hiring a Youth Outreach Worker.
About Light Patrol
Light Patrol is an outreach ministry of Youth Unlimited (Toronto YFC) that works with youth experiencing homelessness in Toronto. Light Patrol believes that the best context for providing meaningful support for youth experiencing homelessness is through an authentic relationship. Our staff and volunteers meet with youth through mobile outreach, informal one-to-one and small group settings. Relationships are developed by sharing a meal, exploring an interest or hobby, or accompanying youth to appointments. As these relationships deepen and trust grows, Light Patrol staff are able to provide more tangible support to youth, such as referring youth to housing resources or helping youth prepare for the workforce.
About Youth Unlimited (Toronto YFC)
Youth Unlimited is a grassroots, faith-based agency that for 70 years has served youth from all walks of life, including those who are vulnerable to poverty, homelessness, unemployment, violence and gang-involvement for 70 years. We have over 60 staff, more than 600 volunteers, and over 30 programs impacting around 1,500 young people on a weekly basis. YU envisions that young people in the GTA will be transformed by God's love and life-changing power and will be a redemptive presence in this city, our nation, and beyond. What beats deeply within our hearts is the desire to help youth attain their full life potential, showing love and care for their whole person, and encouraging them to serve God as fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
To learn more: visit our website – www.yugta.ca/teams/light-patrol
LP Youth Outreach Worker: Responsibilities & Skills
The Light Patrol Youth Outreach Worker will be a key member of our Light Patrol team. This person will work alongside the other LP staff and volunteers, ministering together in the hope that every youth served will experience wholeness and be transformed by God.
Specific responsibilities of the LP Youth Outreach Worker will include:
- Build relationships with youth experiencing homelessness
- Provide whole-person support: spiritual, emotional, relational, intellectual and social
- Regularly participate in one to one visits and evening outreach 1x per week
- Liaise with, and make referrals to, other agencies, participating in multidisciplinary networks and meetings as needed
- Provide support and input to the rest of the Light Patrol team
- Participate in team fundraisers and events as needed
The LP Youth Outreach Worker will require:
- Strong Christian faith with consistent spiritual practices; connected to a faith community
- A deep commitment to a holistic approach to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ and God’s Kingdom
- Comfortable sharing the gospel in context and audience appropriate ways
- Experience working with youth and young adults, particularly those experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness
- Able to work with youth and volunteers from diverse backgrounds
- Available to work at least one evening a week
- Strong interpersonal skills; conflict resolution and de-escalation techniques an asset
- Familiarity with social service resources in Toronto; housing support knowledge an asset
- Knowledge of case management and trauma informed approaches to care an asset
- Experience working with individuals living with an addiction or mental illness an asset
The salary of this staff position is determined on a scale based on education and experience and is 100% funded on a missionary basis – requiring the successful applicant to fundraise and gather a personal support team.
Please submit a resumé and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your resumé should note (1) your employment experience; (2) your ministry experience, whether volunteer or paid; and (3) any relevant certification. Your cover letter should include a description of: (1) How you would integrate your faith with this role and (2) your heart for youth and (3) any experience you have working with homeless and street involved youth. (Each response should be 150 - 200 words) If you have any further questions, please contact Elim at email@example.com or (416) 383-1477. Only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted.