Violent Crime Initiative Advocate

Job Title: Violent Crime Initiative (VCI) Advocate

Pay: $60,000 to $65,000

FLSA Status: Full-time with benefits package (health, dental, vision after 60 days), 40 hours of PTO with paid holidays off.

Schedule: Full-time, temporary for 12 months with the possibility of extension

Travel: Local travel required

Details: This position is slated to start September 1, 2021, and last through September 30th, 2022

Summary: Youth Empowerment for Advancement Hangout (YEAH) is a Black-led, community-based nonprofit that works with teens and young adults in West and Southwest Philadelphia ages 15 to 24 who have been impacted by violence. With a special focus on those who are labeled as having violent histories, YEAH acknowledges teens as the experts of their own lives and prioritizes pushing back against oppressive systems and addressing structural barriers that often lead to violence.

The Youth Empowerment and Violent Crime Initiative (VCI) is a program component within YEAH that focuses on providing holistic and culturally relevant community support and case management services to teens and young adults within the juvenile justice system. The main goals of this initiative include:

●      Engaging and supporting teens and young adults both prior to release and when released from the Juvenile Justice Services Center (JJSC).

●      Providing intensive support services as pilot programming to teens and young adults within the juvenile justice system to address victimization, gaps in services, violence reduction, continuity of care, and the overall well-being of youth related to culturally relevant behavioral health & restorative justice services.

●      Providing monetary incentives in addition to training, community engagement, and psychoeducational workshops that improve the quality of life of teens and young adults in Philadelphia and build skills relevant to life and violence reduction.

●      Connecting teens and young adults to sustainable services in and outside of YEAH beneficial to the individual based on their circumstance.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: The VCI advocate will maintain a rotating caseload of up to 60 teens and young adults (total) to provide in person, intensive case management and community support services to assist referred teens and young adults with obtaining vital documents (birth certificates, social security cards, IDs), background checks for employment, connection to employment opportunities, driving permits, consistent physical and mental health services (doctor visits, therapy appointments), and transportation when needed to attend community events and opportunities. This position will also be responsible for conducting home visits, visits within the JJSC, court advocacy, documentation such as assessments and progress notes, and weekly trainings or group facilitation.

Job Requirements: Valid driver’s license required. Philadelphia residency required. Bachelor’s required; Master’s preferred. Candidates should have a demonstrated background and expertise of working with Black identifying teenagers and young adults and providing outstanding advocacy in systems, specifically the court system; demonstrated track record of successfully building healthy and trusting relationships with this population; candidates should be detail oriented, have life and professional experience in social work, human services, and providing intensive wrap around support; a strong interest in social justice and the ability to grasp concepts around violence, race, and systems; excellent verbal and written communication skills; and excellent time management and organizational skills. Schedule varies based on caseload needs and candidates must be willing to work evenings with some weekends. Those who identify racially or ethnically as Black or Brown and have been personally impacted by the criminal justice system or violence (directly or indirectly) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Primary Responsibilities:

●      Develop and build healthy, trusting relationships with teens and young adults.

●      Provide intensive community support, wrap around and advocacy services to teens and young adults within the juvenile justice system and see them at least once per week.

●      Conduct home visits, intake assessments, biopsychosocial assessments, support plans, and discharge planning.

●      Attend court dates and provide advocacy and support during legal process.

●      Assist with helping teens and young adults obtain vital documents, driving permits, employment, training, and any other goals related to individual needs and social determinants of health.

●      Create and develop relationships with local organizations and other entities teens and young adults receive services from.

●      Maintain contact with PO’s, lawyers, CUA workers, therapists, mental health providers etc. related to providing case management and advocacy for young adults and ensuring quality coordination of wrap around services.

●      Create weekly workshops and groups relevant to young people.

●      Maintain documentation and utilize a case management database to provide qualitative updates on progress (Salesforce).

Additional Responsibilities:

●      Assist with community outreach efforts

●      Attend and participate in community events

●      Assist with group facilitation

●      All other duties assigned

To apply, please email resume/CV and cover letter to teens@yeahphilly.org and use VCI Advocate as the subject line. In your cover letter, please discuss your professional experience working with Black communities, advocating on behalf of young Black people, and working to dismantle systemic racism. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an in-person interview. Based on organizational capacity, unqualified applicants or those providing an incomplete application will not be contacted. 

Youth Empowerment for Advancement Hangout (YEAH) is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained staff. Women, minorities, people with lived experience, disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, YEAH does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.

 

The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Employees will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as assigned by their supervisor.