Job Details

SMYRC Youth Advocate

New Avenues for Youth, Portland, OR

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 02/10/2020

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 SMYRC Advocate is responsible for engaging young people using the Positive Youth Development model by providing skill building and support services to LGBTQ youth. Their responsibilities include crisis intervention; resource brokerage and referral; case coordination and advocacy; guidance, organizing program meal project, information and services; group facilitation; maintaining a safe and supportive multicultural environment, and motivating youth to explore and build power in themselves.

Knowledge & Skills:
• Understanding of the issues of LGBTQ youth, substance abuse, mental health, trauma, abuse and adolescent development including brain development.
• Knowhow to maintain a safe environment, emotionally and physically for all youth.
• Engages in equity work and participates in working towards equity on behalf of self, clients, staff and community.
• Maintains an up to date inventory of program supplies and program food.
• Organizes weekly program food run and food donations.
• Competence to offer one on one support to youth, families, and community members seeking resources during SMYRC drop in hours.
• Ability to utilize harm reduction and youth empowerment models to provide on-going support, skill building and crisis management.
• Desire to engage youth in on going conversations about social justice, privilege and oppression, power dynamics and intersectional identities.
• Practices an understanding and respect for youth culture, families, and family systems. Utilizes respectful language and listens in a non-judgmental way. Motivates and engages youth individually and in groups.
• Ability to integrate and reconnect youth with natural supports and community resources.
• Desire to participate in the coordination of services and program development in an interdisciplinary, multi-agency team setting. Upholds the policies, mission, and goals of New Avenues for Youth.
• Implements the tenants of Positive Youth Development (Belonging, Competence, Usefulness and Inclusion) in all interactions with youth, projects and programs within the SMYRC center, work to maintain a space that reflects this.
• Ability to ensure that that youth, volunteers, interns and visitors adhere to SMYRC rules and practices developed in partnership with SMYRC youth and New Avenues staff.
• Willingness to participate in the cleaning and up-keep of the SMYRC center as needed.
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills preferred in both English and Spanish

Education & Experience:
• 3+ years of experience working with LGBTQ youth required.
• Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field and/or Understanding of the issues of LGBTQ youth, substance abuse, mental health, trauma, abuse and adolescent development including brain development.
• Experience, ability and commitment to working with sexual minority and culturally diverse staff, participants and community.
• Excellent communication, organization, creativity, flexibility, optimism, positive humor and overall interpersonal skills.
• Reliable transportation and valid driver’s license

New Avenues for Youth offers a very generous benefits package. 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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