Newcomer Youth Advisor- (Arabic Speaking)

Part-time Hourly Contract, Multiple Position Vacancies

Posted date: December 01, 2017

Position vacancy Closing date: December 15, 2017
Employment TypePart Time
Job ID734
EffectiveImmediately – March 31, 2018
Reports toManager, Newcomer Youth Settlement Programs
Location / RegionScarborough Milner YMCA and 2200 Yonge Street YMCA (running the East York community group)
Application DeadlineDecember 15, 2017

Why Work for the Y?

YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all employees. The YMCA provides more than 5,000 employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits and growth opportunities.

Nature and scope

YMCA Employment and Community Programs provide a variety of employment, counselling, outreach, intervention, training and newcomer programs to youth and adults throughout the GTA. The Newcomer Youth Leadership Development (NYLD)’s refugee youth program will provide refugees between the ages of 13-24 with youth-friendly environments where they can meet new friends, develop their leadership skills, and more quickly adapt to Canadian society.  The program has a specific focus on settlement and integration issues and community involvement.  The program also engages the parents and immediate family members of youth participants through fun, educational and recreational family activities. The goal of this YMCA initiative is to assist newcomer youth and their parents to have a positive settlement experience

The Newcomer Youth Advisor develops and facilitates sessions for refugee youth that are relevant to their settlement process and which encourages them to become involved in their new community.  The position works closely with staff from across the Association and externally in the community and schools to recruit and engage newcomer youth.  The position is also responsible for finding meaningful volunteer opportunities for participants, overseeing community service projects initiated by the youth, building relationships with parents of newcomer youth, outreach, promotion, recruitment, program evaluation and reporting.

The Advisor must ensure they are proactive in staying abreast of leading trends in youth, teen and young adult development. The position will provide a  practical link to all YLD programs to integrate principles of Healthy Adolescent Development, the four strategic frameworks of  Harm Reduction, Model of Change, Social Determinants of Health and Abundant Assets into all newcomer youth leadership programs. 

Responsibilities

  • Develops, implements, monitors and evaluates Newcomer Youth Leadership Development programming.
  • Assist staff in planning, running, and set up and take down of NYLD activities.
  • Recruits and retains diverse youth membership of surrounding communities, including managing the process of inquiry to registration to long term participation and retention as a YMCA member.
  • Assist with program preparation (e.g. photocopying, planning games and activities, calling participants, etc.).
  • Anticipates needs of youth and communities and assists in planning ahead for future programs and leadership opportunities.
  • Assist with running of weekly activities including supervising outings and ensuring the safety of the youth, planning and facilitating icebreakers and teambuilding activities and helping with activity set up and post-activity clean up (if needed).
  • Assists in planning and implementing special NYLD events
  • Works with NYLD team to plan and deliver family engagement activities.
  • Conducts needs assessment within community and builds relationships within the community to promote newcomer youth and parent programs.
  • Outreaches to community through presentations and relationship building with other newcomer settlement agencies and works to build referral mechanisms
  • Delivers presentations in schools and community to raise awareness of NYLD and reach more refugee youth
  • Researches, collects and organizes settlement-related information pertaining to youth.
  • Models appropriate behaviours to staff in line with our Mission, Vision and Values; establishes rapport and maintains effective relationship building behaviours with staff and members. Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner.
  • Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.
  • Understands and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism and imparts this knowledge and belief upon staff, volunteers and members.
  • Other related duties as required

Qualifications

  • University Degree or Community College Diploma in related field or equivalent training/work experience
  • Experience working with teens and young adults is a requirement
  • Demonstrated knowledge of settlement services and community information resources geared towards refugee youth
  • Superior presentation, facilitation, and organization skills
  • Well-developed interpersonal and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, community partners, staff & volunteers; excellent written communication skills.
  • Flexibility regarding work hours including evenings and weekends and at different locations
  • Ability to communicate in Arabic required
  • Proficient with personal computer applications, e.g. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, and Internet search engines; familiarity with social media an asset
  • Experience as a newcomer to Canada an asset
  • Experience and sensitivity in dealing with members of different cultural and racial backgrounds, including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
  • The position requires the following Core Association Competencies:  superior competence in: teamwork and collaboration; advanced competence in: Effective interpersonal communications; relationship building and partnering; in valuing diversity and social inclusion;  fundamental competence in: being member focused;  ethics and self-management; being results focused

How to apply

 

Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check. Within the first four months and every three years thereafter, a Vulnerable Police Records Check is required.

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

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