Peer Outreach Worker
Face to Face Health and Counseling is a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of youth ages 11–24. We offer health care, counseling, and programs for homeless youth. SafeZone is Face to Face’s drop-in center for youth ages 14-24 who are experiencing homelessness. The Peer Outreach Worker is responsible for conducting street based outreach that encourages runaway and homeless youth to leave the streets and find safe and stable housing. This position is 19 hours a week and requires availability during evenings and weekends.
- Conduct street based outreach and education to runaway and homeless youth
- Provide basic needs/survival aide, crisis intervention, supportive services, information and referrals to runaway and homeless youth that enable the youth to relocate from the streets to safe and stable housing situations
- Assist youth in accessing emergency shelter
- Conduct individual assessments with youth to determine needs
- Connect youth with community service providers who can provide for their basic needs and offer other supportive services, including Face to Face Health and Counseling and SafeZone
- Provide educational presentations at Ramsey County Schools to provide runaway and homeless prevention
- Collect and record all appropriate data and complete all required paperwork
- Attend all required training, orientations, and all supervisory meetings
- Collaborate with other Face to Face staff and street outreach workers from other organizations
- Mentor and assist in training newly hired outreach workers (once experience is established)
- Positively represent their peer group and serve as a role model
- Provides all services guided by the evidence-based principles for helping youth overcome homelessness.
- Comply with agency’s written employment policies
- Perform other duties as assigned, including supporting other staff at SafeZone in operating the drop-in center
QUALIFICATIONS:Knowledgeable and personally committed to issues of youth who are homeless or precariously housed
- Ability to build trust and rapport with both adolescents and other staff from diverse backgrounds
- Knowledgeable about the local service providers in the Twin Cities area
- Ability to work as an effective team member
- Ability to set and maintain effective boundaries with self and others
- Ability to ask for support/help when needed and to accept and utilize feedback from team members
- Good memory of names and ability to complete paperwork
- Willingness and ability to model/create an environment of respect, inclusive of diversity
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
- Ability to perform the duties outlined in the job description.
- Able to walk long distances
- Must be able to travel in all Minnesota weather conditions
- Capable of lifting up to 20 lbs.
Appropriate accommodations for physical demands will be made for individuals with disabilities.
Face to Face offers part-time employees Sick & Safe Leave and access to a 403b account.
Face to Face is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diverse groups, including those with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.