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Drop-In Center Youth Advocate

New Avenues for Youth, Portland, OR

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 02/24/2020

About New Avenues for Youth:
New Avenues is a social services agency working in partnership with the Portland area community to provide homeless, foster-care, and at-risk youth of all backgrounds with the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives. We are a diverse non-profit organization in our 22nd year serving youth.

Our Commitment to Equity:
New Avenues for Youth imagines a community where all young people experience health, wellbeing, and a self-determined home. We understand that racism, poverty, and experiences of oppression lead to social injustice and housing instability for youth. Due to current and historical exploitation and racism, youth of color are disproportionally impacted. In order to advance equity at New Avenues and fulfill our mission, we must address how privilege has shaped our organizational culture, policies and practices.

New Avenues believes equity is an ongoing commitment without closure; in taking risks, we will learn from our mistakes. We will listen to and learn from young people’s lived experiences. We will seek multiple perspectives, strive for transparency, remain humble, and resist the urge to simplify or silence hard truths. We make these commitments because we believe in social justice and the inherent human dignity of each individual.

The Position:
The Drop-In Center Youth Advocate engages youth and maintains services through the Positive Youth Development model by providing guidance, information, and support to homeless youth at the New Avenues Drop-In Center. This position works with youth to identify and implement youth driven projects and programs. In conjunction with the Drop-In Team, this role also promotes a safe, clean, and supportive atmosphere within the center while assessing youth for housing, food, clothing, and support needs. In addition, this position participates in the planning and implementation of service plans for youth to facilitate their exit from street life.

The rate of pay for this part-time position is $16.00 an hour.

Skills & Knowledge:
- Minimum two years of experience working with homeless or high-risk youth/young adults is required
- Desire and ability to work with multicultural staff and youth exercising exceptional patience and sensitivity
- Bilingual English/Spanish a plus

To apply, visit our website at to submit your cover letter and resume. Please be sure to include where you came across this opportunity with your submission. New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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