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Youth Outreach Worker

Nia Centre for the Arts
York, ON
$23–$25 an hour - Part-time, Fixed term contract

Location

York, ON

Full job description

Youth Outreach Worker

Overview:

Nia Centre for the Arts is building Canada’s first professional multi-disciplinary arts centre dedicated to Afro-diasporic art

Are you an enthusiastic and dedicated Youth Outreach Worker? Are you passionate about making a positive impact on community. Come and join our team as we launch our first youth-designated space in our new building.

As our Youth Outreach Worker your primary responsibility will be to engage with community members, establish relationships with local schools and organizations and promote Nia Centre programming and offerings.

About Us

We are a small but mighty team that thinks big and moves fast. Young people are at the heart of what we do. We’re passionate about connecting them to opportunities and experiences that inspire them to dream big and equip them with the skills they need to reach their full potential. We work at our newly renovated facility using technology to keep us connected and get our work done seamlessly. We are eagerly planning our grand opening of our brand new facility that is rooted in Black aesthetics. We’re doing it for the culture - so join us if you’re down!

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and Implement Outreach Programs prioritizing Black youth in the Vaughn Oakwood community
  • Plan and organize engaging activities, workshops, and events to attract and involve youth
  • Utilize various communication channels, such as social media, newsletters, and public presentations, to reach a wider audience.
  • Plan and coordinate outreach activities that are intended to identify, and capture the attention and interest of, and foster involvement of Black youth (and their families) including, but not limited to:
  • Build relationships with young people in a variety of capacities
  • Receiving and sharing information about their interests, concerns and needs - providing information regarding relevant programs, services and opportunities
  • Guiding and facilitating access to programs, services and opportunities that may be of assistance or responsive to articulated needs and requests
  • Enabling positive civic participation in their neighbourhood/community
  • Develop and nurture linkages and maintaining effective working relationships with other community stakeholders
  • Build rapport with community organizations, schools, social service agencies, and other stakeholders to coordinate services, build referral pathways and share information

Qualifications:

  • 2+ years experience working with Black and racialized youth ages 12-24
  • Relevant work experience and/or post secondary degree in child and youth work/social work or related field (CYW/CYC/SSW)
  • Experience in developing and implementing outreach initiatives and activities.
  • Sensitivity and understanding of cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity.
  • Knowledge of the specific cultural needs and challenges faced by the local youth population.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds and promote inclusivity.
  • Familiarity with local resources, services, and support networks for youth.
  • Ability to assess individual needs and make appropriate referrals to external agencies and organizations.
  • Understanding of the available community resources for mental health, education, employment, and housing.
  • Exhibit organizational time management skills, accountability, reliability, and punctuality
  • Good decision-making and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in fast-paced, as well as ability to escalate issues appropriately
  • Positive attitude and willingness to jump in when and where needed
  • Current First Aid and CPR training preferred
  • Police Reference Check (to be completed upon hiring)

Nia Centre is strongly committed to equity and inclusion within the community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including Persons with Disabilities, Persons of Colour, Indigenous and 2SLGBTQIAP community members. We thank all applicants in advance, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Types: Part-time, Fixed term contract
Contract length: 12 months
Part-time hours: 30-37.5 per week

Salary: $23.00-$25.00 per hour

Schedule:

  • Day shift
  • Evening shift
  • Monday to Friday

Application question(s):

  • Nia Centre has a mission to support, showcase and promote an appreciation of arts from across the African Diaspora, would you consider yourself to be a creative and/or artist? If yes, please share what artistic discipline you resonate with.
  • Nia Centre strives to support the healthy development of Black youth, how will your work experience and skill set help you in achieving this mandate?
  • What are three words that best describe you?

Work Location: In person