Youth Prevention Specialist, Youth Excellence Program (YEP Broward)
YEP is under Positive Youth Development in our Five Pillars of Service and is an in-school program that uses evidence-based curricula to teach elementary, middle, and high school students skills, strategies, and tools to resist drugs including marijuana, opiates, alcohol, and other mind-altering substances and the dangers of tobacco.
Youth Prevention Specialists serve as liaisons to school personnel where children attend to maintain grade reports and monitor student progress. The Youth Prevention Specialists are also responsible for facilitating sessions of evidence-based curricula, identifying additional needs of students through screening and assessments, developing student development plans, linking students to services, creating and maintaining client files, coordinating client development activities, monitoring and tracking client progress including administering data collection and evaluation instruments, conducting outreach and recruitment and resource development.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Facilitate in-school and community sessions utilizing the Botvin Life Skills and other evidence-based curricula with fidelity to the models.
- Conduct intakes, assessments, identify student needs, create development plans, link students to services, and provide case management services as needed.
- Administer evaluation tools and collect program data.
- Provide guidance and monitor individual client activities as outlined in development plans to track client progress toward attainment of identified goals.
- Provide educational and remedial services for participants.
- Coordinate group mentoring sessions.
- Assist with coalition activities and initiatives to educate community stakeholders on substance use issues.
- Attend and assist in planning and execution of Parent Circle Meetings.
- Administer the evaluation instruments and collect data.
- Maintain systems, procedures, and methods for programmatic record-keeping while ensuring accuracy.
- Serve as liaison to other program staff, external partners, and community members.
- Recruit and schedule program volunteers (or community service hour volunteers).
- Attend funder training, staff training, and meetings during and outside of program hours to improve professional skills and enhance the program activities.
- Organized family involvement activities.
- Serve as an Ambassador of Gang Alternative.
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Competencies
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Social Work, Criminal Justice, or related field.
- Two years of experience serving youth and families preferably in Outreach & Case Management.
- Demonstrated experience in working with evidence-based prevention models and culturally relevant adaptations for the target community.
- Strong interpersonal skills, cultural competence, and ability to work effectively with youth and adult volunteers in a collaborative, team-oriented approach.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality, professionalism, and maturity in handling sensitive information, participant interaction, and community relations.
- Ability to organize, plan, and manage multiple tasks.
- Ability to manage time efficiently and meet deadlines.
- Knowledge of Broward County community and youth preferred.
- Bilingual in English/Spanish strongly preferred.
- This position may require independent travel between work station and other sites. Consequently, the incumbent must maintain valid Driver’s License and insurance coverage on personal vehicles at all times during employment.
- Performing the duties of this position requires the ability to walk, sit, stand, reach, talk, hear and lift presentation materials, including equipment.
Gang Alternative, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law. Gang Alternative, Inc. is a Drug-Free Workplace.
This is an outstanding opportunity to be a part of a highly effective nonprofit program and partnering with the other members of the Middle Management team. Gang Alternative, Inc. will offer a competitive compensation package including base salary, health, 403b and vacation benefits.
This position shall have access to information in a personnel and client’s record only to the extent that such information is required to carry out job duties. Any information obtained will only be used by or disclosed to those who have a need to know to ensure the provision of quality client care. Staff and client information is to be held strictly confidential.
The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work performed. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties required of personnel so classified. Responsibilities, knowledge, skill, abilities and working conditions may be supplemented or revised at any time.
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