Reporting to the Youth Liaison Lead, the Youth Ambassador provides leadership and mentorship through direct services in meeting Jordan’s Principle goals of preventing children and youth from falling through gaps in services. The Youth Ambassador provides advocacy and support to ensure Treaty 8 children and youth (ages 13-24) have access to all services, without limitation or discrimination equivalent to other Albertans. The Youth Ambassador is responsible for successful planning, coordinating, organizing, promoting, and evaluating a range of children and youth development activities and programs and the necessary range of culturally appropriate services and resources that enhance opportunities for Treaty 8 children and youth engagement. This role also establishes and maintains effective collaborative relationships with individuals and groups in the Community to determine the needs of Treaty 8 children and youth. The Youth Ambassador encourages and promotes a supportive environment for Treaty 8 children and youth to address challenges and barriers they may be experiencing, and advocates, where necessary, for programs and resources for Treaty 8 youth.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Work with children and youth, promoting cultural safety, health relationships, healthy behaviours, and healthy lifestyles.
- Mentor, role model, and advocate for youth for needed services.
- Monitor and evaluate, on an on-going basis, the Treaty 8 Urban Child and Family Services youth programs and activities incorporating relevant feedback to enhance youth programming.
- Work with the Treaty 8 UCFS team to participate in child and youth engagement and consultation activities.
- Assist Treaty 8 children and youth in learning more about and/or connecting with cultural practices and traditions.
- Provide guidance to Treaty 8 youth in identifying individual plans and goals and serving as a role model for them.
- Assist Treaty 8 youth in accessing additional resources and services as necessary, work with their community and the Treaty 8 Urban Child & Family Services
- Actively promote the Treaty 8 UCFS children and youth programs and activities through a variety of social media.
- Assist communities to identify the needs of children and youth and develop strategies that address the recreational, social, and emotional needs of Treaty 8 youth.
- Collaborate, plan, and implement a range of community events to promote the personal wellness of Treaty 8 children and youth.
- Establish and maintain partnerships and networks with community services and programs (e.g., schools, clinics, police, mental health services, and other services) and working together to address the needs of Treaty 8 children and youth.
- Keep current on all social concerns and trends, and as required, attend professional development activities to remain informed regarding issues that affect Indigenous youth.
- Determine the gaps in service delivery for Treaty 8 youth and recommending strategies for improvement.
- Coordinate and support the development of active children and youth representation (e.g. a youth committee) to advise on youth issues.
- Ensure delivery methods are catered to the needs of the children and youth of the community’s request.
- Ensure that reporting and data collection methods are secure and maintained for each community’s individualized needs.
- Maintain a safe and organized environment for children and youth participation, track and document program sessions with accurate records.
- Organize children and youth programs and manage expenditures against a monthly budget.
- Contribute to team efforts by accomplishing related results as needed.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Certificate, Diploma Child and Youth Care Program or certificate, diploma in a related field
- Current Standard First Aid with CPR certification
- Computer proficiency in using MS Office Suite, Outlook, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, Team Meeting or Zoom
- Must have open availability to provide services to youth and children on weekdays, evenings, and weekends to accommodate to needs of clients
- Satisfactory Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector and Child Intervention (Welfare Check – current within three months) and three-year
- Valid class 5 driver’s license, reliable transportation with $2 million liability insurance Driver’s Abstract
- Knowledge & understanding of Treaty 8 First Nations community, culture and language will be an asset
Closing Date: Until suitable candidate is found
Interested applicants can submit cover letter and resume to:
Phone Number:780 784-3663
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!
Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted