• Youth Support Worker (Canada Summer Jobs) (Temporary Full-Time... Vancouver
  • Kaizen Lab Inc. in Vancouver, , Canada
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jobs description

PLEA Community Services is currentlyseeking a Temporary
Full-Time Youth Support Worker (Summer Student) for our U-Turn
Specialized Residential Care Services team.The proposed start date for this
position is July 8, 2024, and the projected end date is August
31, 2024. This position requires BCGEU membership.

This job is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the
Canada Summer Jobs Program. For information on eligibility for this program,
please refer to the link:

The youth who access these services have not experienced success in other
residential settings; they have complex care needs that require supported
family care living environments with a heightened level of support and
supervision, and a range of specialized services. These youth have been exposed
to risk-provoking environments, and present with a variety of disabilities,
mental health issues, challenging behaviours and involvement in the criminal
justice system.

The Youth Support Worker (Summer Student) is... responsible for engaging the
youth in one-to-one activities in the community that are aligned with the goals
identified in their service plans, recognizing their individual strengths and
circumstances, and supporting their healthy development and sense of success
and well-being.

Position Type: Temporary Full-Time
Location: Surrey, BC
Hours of Work: The usual hours of work for this
position are Sunday to Thursday with a flextime scheduling arrangement of 35
working hours per week, which includes days and evenings.

Minimum Requirements:
• Enrollment in a
Bachelor of Arts program in the social sciences, human services or a
related discipline.
• Work or
volunteer experience in a residential care facility or foster home model
• At least one
(1) year recent experience working in programs with youth who are deemed
to be high risk and have complex needs, and/or are involved in the
criminal justice system, and their families/caregivers.

Who We Are:

PLEA is an accredited, not-for-profit, charitable community services
agency that has operated throughout BC for more than 40 years. We deliver high
quality, innovative services to children, youth, adults, and families facing
significant challenges in their lives. PLEA is an ally in reconciliation. The
organization is committed to providing culturally safe programs and continuing
to work towards breaking down the barriers that cause harm to Indigenous people
and communities.

What You Will Do:
• Work closely with
the Services Coordinator and Family Caregivers to support the goals
identified in each youth's service plan. Develop and implement appropriate
plans, strategies and activities that will address their complex needs,
strengthen their protective factors and provide a sense of belonging and
• Provide close
supervision and support in the community that will assist youth to achieve
their individual goals, maintain their motivation to make safer choices,
improve their behavior, develop new interests and connections, and feel
• Implement
interventions that address the complex personal, social and healthcare
needs of the youth, and recognize the contextual dynamics they are
experiencing. Provide opportunities to access and reconnect to available
resources in the community that will enable and encourage youth to develop
the necessary educational, personal, social, vocational and self-advocacy
skills. Include such community resources as an integral part of the
youth’s case management plan.
• Maintain
on-going positive relationships with Family Caregivers and participate as
part of the team responsible for improving the quality of life for the
youth, addressing their individual strengths, needs, abilities and
preferences consistently, and supporting their healthy development.
• Teach life
skills and community survival skills, provide emotional support and model
acceptable behavior. Engage youth in acceptable recreational and social
activities in the community that will build on their strengths, develop
their interpersonal skills, and support their involvement in their culture
to strengthen their sense of identity. Support youth towards integration
and normative functioning in the community.
• Develop
collaborative relationships with youths' families/caregivers, significant
others and informal support systems to maintain and strengthen these
• Respond to
critical incidents and emergencies in current placements. Recognize
potential crises, analyze these situations accurately and implement
strategies to deal with them, and inform the manager when such situations
arise. Provide on call and duty coverage for the program.
• Maintain
necessary program participant and program reports and statistics. Ensure
that all records, reports and documentation pertaining to service delivery
are accurate, complete and in compliance with PLEA’s policies and
• Establish
strong connections to the community, including maintaining close working
relationships with all formal and informal service providers.
• Adhere to all
policies and procedures established by PLEA, and meet the performance
expectations of the position in a manner that demonstrates compassion and
respect for all persons served. Exercise the responsibilities of the
position in a manner consistent with the philosophical approach and
mandate of the program.
• Work flexible
hours outside of normal working hours and/or hours of work that include
days, evenings, weekends on a rotational schedule as directed.
• Perform other
related duties as required.

What You Will Bring:
• Excellent
interpersonal communication and conflict management skills, including a
demonstrated ability to prepare accurate and comprehensive written
• Demonstrated
proficiency in teaching others and an ability to work collaboratively with
families/caregivers and networks that provide support to youth.
• Demonstrated
ability to work effectively with others, and can implement effective
behavior management strategies.
• Demonstrated
ability to develop supportive relationships with youth and their
families/caregivers who may be reluctant to engage, and to be sensitive
and understanding of their social realities including issues of race,
culture, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, poverty and
• Demonstrated
ability to develop strong collaborative relationships, work effectively as
part of a team, use good judgment, manage conflicts constructively, work
independently and be accountable for results.
• Demonstrated
ability to develop effective relationships based on mutual respect and
trust with a range of different individuals and groups in the community.
• Knowledge of
theory, principles and best practices with respect to providing services
to youth with who are high risk, and have complex care needs, and their
• Good
understanding of relevant Criminal Justice Legislation and policies, the
role of Youth Court, Child Welfare Legislation and policies including the
Child, Family and Community Service Act; Foster Care and Residential
Standards; and applicable government legislation, regulations and
accreditation standards.
• Excellent
organizational, time and general management skills.
• Demonstrated
proficiency in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and familiarity with
database programs.

Additional Requirements:
• Satisfactory
Criminal Record Clearance.
• Must possess a
valid Occupational First Aid Level 1 Certificate or be willing to obtain
one prior to hire.
• A valid Class 5
B.C. Driver's License, and suitable driver's abstract/claims history.
• Access to a
personal vehicle for work-related travel. This position requires travel in
the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.
• Documentation
that the applicant is legally approved to work in Canada.

Please submit a resume and cover letter referencing the competition number 2024062YSW1 .Closing
date for Internal Applications: Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 4:30PM. If the position
is not filled internally, it will remain open until filled.

Note: PLEA conducts primary source verification of applicant's credentials
including education, training, work history, and licensure.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those
shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.
Vancouver BC


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