The Youth Development Coordinator assists vulnerable CPS Foster Care Youth, ages 14-21, involved in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program and those involved in the Behavioral Health system, with gaining necessary skills, resources and supports for self-sufficiency and independent living as they make the transition to adulthood.
Will use strengths-based youth development principles and provide a unique, holistic approach to address needs related to all life domains, with primary focus on employment and education. Barriers to youth goals will be approached with high expectations, creativity, caring and support. Connections will be made with natural, informal supports and community resources.
Provides the primary link, and coordination of support and services, between the youth and other entities involved such as CPS Case Managers, behavioral health treatment providers, housing providers, and others. Coordination will also occur regularly with the program’s Education Coordinator and Job Training & Development Specialist regarding the youth’s employment and educational goals, strengths, skills, needs, accommodations and other resources/linkages that are needed to promote academic, social, and employment growth.
Bachelor’s degree in social work, education, psychology, or related field preferred; or AA degree with 2 years working with youth with behavioral health and/or learning challenges.
Experience working with CPS youth a plus. Bi-lingual bi-cultural a plus. Ability to be flexible as specific tasks will change with the evolution of the program. Acceptance of individual differences in people. Awareness of one’s capabilities and limitations. Able to work independently on specific assignments. Must have a valid driver’s license and proof of car insurance. Must have dependable transportation. The vehicle must have appropriate passenger restraint systems and be properly maintained. Must be able to clear fingerprinting for Arizona statutes.