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New Avenues for Youth

About New Avenues for Youth

New Avenues is a social services agency working in partnership with the Portland area community to provide homeless, foster-care, and at-risk youth of all backgrounds with the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives. We are a diverse non-profit organization in our 21st year serving youth.
Our Commitment to Equity

New Avenues for Youth imagines a community where all young people experience health, wellbeing, and a self-determined home. We understand that racism, poverty, and experiences of oppression lead to social injustice and housing instability for youth. Due to current and historical exploitation and racism, youth of color are disproportionally impacted. In order to advance equity at New Avenues and fulfill our mission, we must address how privilege has shaped our organizational culture, policies, and practices.

New Avenues believes equity is an ongoing commitment without closure; in taking risks, we will learn from our mistakes. We will listen to and learn from young people’s lived experiences. We will seek multiple perspectives, strive for transparency, remain humble, and resist the urge to simplify or silence hard truths. We make these commitments because we believe in social justice and the inherent human dignity of each individual.

The Position:

Outreach Center and Engagement Coordinator assists the Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) manager in all aspects of program and Center operations. They are responsible for community outreach, program development and implementation, community partnerships, youth engagement and advocacy, and resource coordination. They are responsible for afterschool and evening programming and Center support/oversight, information and referrals, and crisis intervention services to high-risk and homeless youth, with the goal of safe and stable housing and helping youth achieve self-identified goals around education, employment, safety, health and wellness, and financial stability. In order to connect youth with relevant programs & services, they conduct school, street and community outreach in East Multnomah County and develop meaningful ongoing partnerships with schools and social service providers.  This position must maintain a safe and supportive multicultural environment for diverse young people ages 16-24. This position also helps with YOC and New Avenue’s event coordination, which includes event planning and promotion for all New Avenue’s youth.

Skills & Knowledge:

Understanding of Multnomah County Homeless Youth System, Juvenile Justice System, DHS (Foster Care system), and the Runaway and Homeless Youth System
Understanding of best practices in working with homeless youth, including Trauma Informed Care, Assertive Engagement and Motivational Interviewing
Ability to be mobile, working in the community and at multiple satellite offices
Knowhow to work with other staff and service providers in collaboration with program offerings, community partners, and drop-in services provided to East County youth
Current valid Driver’s License, auto insurance, and daily access to an automobile
Bilingual Spanish/English speaking a plus
Education & Experience:

A Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology or related human services field or combination of similar work experience. Will consider similar work experience in substitute of years of education.
A minimum of two years of experience working with high-risk youth facing multiple barriers
Experience, ability and commitment to working with culturally diverse staff, participants and community

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to gro.seunevawennull@sboj. Please be sure to include where you came across this opportunity in your response. You can learn more about New Avenues by visiting our website at New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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☆ Dont forget to tell your interviewer that you heard about this opportunity from the Urban League of Portland ☆