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Public Health Management Corporation - Carson Valley Children's Aid Subsidiary
January 30, 2024
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Subsidiary: Carson Valley Children's Aid

Program: Pivot for Positive Change - A Youth Engagement Initiative

This is a grant-funded program currently funded for 29 months of operation through June 2025.

Position Function: The Youth Ally’s primary responsibility is to relate and engage with 5th-12th grade Philadelphia youth who have exhibited barriers to regular school attendance and have also been directly impacted by gun violence. The Youth Ally will provide mentoring, life skills, and behavioral modification supports to referred youth in their home or community outside of school hours. Engaging youth during evenings and weekends is an integral aspect of this position considering youth are most vulnerable to perpetrate or be a victim of gun violence during this time. The Youth Ally will provide guidance and assistance to referred youth to identify and complete a youth-led anti-gun violence project through an assessment of the youth’s strengths, interests, and needs. This position requires the ability to interact and engage with referred youth through a lens of lived experience and an understanding of the social, economic, and personal drivers and impact of gun violence. The Youth Ally will partner with the Behavioral Health Care worker assigned to the youth to promote compliance with program goals and successful discharge from services.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 3+  years of direct service experience with at-risk children and/or families

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Valid driver’s license from the state in which you reside, proof of car insurance, and daily access to a vehicle to be used for home and community visits
  • Understanding of the drivers and impact of gun violence within various Philadelphia neighborhoods
  • Understanding of school district attendance policies
  • Understanding of child development
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Computer literacy required
  • Must be able to relate effectively to youth
  • Understanding of the impact of trauma
  • Understanding of cultural, economic, and social differences and impact in various neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia
  • Knowledge of age-appropriate activities, programs, and supports

Essential Job Functions:
Major highlights of the position requirements are noted below. Additional responsibilities may be assigned as required and/or program requirements/needs change.

  • Meet in-person with referred youth outside of school and program participation hours, twice weekly.
  • Mentor youth on positive decision making, goal setting, conflict resolution, and other issues impacting the youth.
  • Promote positive social and community engagement and positive exposures for each referred youth through visits to community locations (including but not limited to parks, sporting events, restaurants, community events, appointments with/on behalf of the youth) pursuant to youth’s goals and/or needs.
  • Meet monthly with parent(s)/guardian(s) to discuss goal success, offer feedback, and receive input related to referred youth’s success in school and continue avoidance of involvement with any form of gun violence or maladaptive behaviors.
  • Meet with Behavioral Health Coordinator biweekly to discuss the status of youth’s progress towards goals, youth-led peer projects, challenges, concerns, project implementation, program successes and needs, and needed referrals/supports.
  • Encourage youth and family utilization/participation in activities, programs, and supports.
  • Complete weekly progress documentation for each referred youth.
  • Participate with others in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a plan to increase school attendance, support youth-led project goals, and decrease frequency of negative school or community interactions.
  • Facilitate or collaborate with the Behavioral Health Coordinator to conduct periodic community outreach activities/forums, special events/activities to address gun violence and its impact on families and communities, and/or community safety (at least two annually).
  • Be familiar with school district attendance policies and procedures.
  • Participate in evaluations by external agencies as needed.
  • Maintain recordkeeping and documentation according to program policies, procedures, and regulatory criteria.
  • Participate in team meetings.
  • Participate in biweekly individual and group supervisory sessions.
  • Participate in a minimum of 15 hours of training related to position responsibilities, program requirements, and/or professional development annually.
  • Participate in crisis intervention as needed.
  • Conduct at least three follow-up contacts with referred youth and/or parent(s)/guardian(s) following discharge from program.
  • Responsible for timely, periodic submission of all required clearances and physicals
  • Responsible for timely submission of timesheets
  • Responsible for timely submission of time-off requests
  • Additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned when deemed necessary for the overall welfare of the children and families served.

Training Requirements:

  • All new hires are required to go through mandated PHMC and CVCA orientation.
  • Must pass CPR and First Aid training
  • Must pass Safe and Positive Approaches training
  • Participation in all ongoing best practice and program trainings
  • Participation in safety trainings
  • Participation in Motivational Interviewing training
  • Compliance with Agency Annual Training requirements

Work Environment and Primary Work Locations:

  • Flexible 20-hour work week
  • Youth engagement occurs during out-of-school hours, primarily during evenings and/or weekends. Periodic daytime hours are required for meetings/events/activities.
  • Frequent visits to youth homes, community locations (parks, restaurants, events, etc.), before/after-school program facilities
  • Assigned office (presence in the office required regularly)

Physical Considerations:

  • High energy needed
  • Moderate physical exertion required
  • Minimal desk work required
  • Ability to maintain composure in crisis situations with youth and adults
  • Ability to engage with youth in various community settings (i.e. park benches, walk/travel and stay stationary for periods of time, navigate through facilities with multiple levels)

Salary: $17.00/hr


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