SUMMARY

Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is a nationally recognized, community-based, multicultural, and multilingual youth development center, with the mission of empowering a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multicultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths’ social, academic, and career needs.  Each year, LAYC works with approximately 5,000 children, teens, and families through a network of youth centers, housing programs, school-based sites, and public charter schools that offer a comprehensive set of high quality, culturally sensitive programs. LAYC/MMYC is a culturally competent organization that prioritizes recruiting and supporting staff who have shared life experiences with our youth.

The Outreach and Engagement Worker will support the work of LAYC’s Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Treatment Program in Washington, D.C. by developing and facilitating monthly activities and events to educate young people and the community about substance use disorders treatment services available for adolescents, transitional age youth and their family members.  The Outreach and Engagement Worker will screen young people for substance use and refer for treatment services as needed. The incumbent should be comfortable presenting to groups, both in-person and virtually, and enjoy engaging with young people and community members.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collaborate with LAYC other community partners to schedule outreach and engagement activities.
  • Develop content for in-person and virtual outreach and engagement activities.
  • Screen youth using GAIN-Short Screener for substance use and refer to SUD treatment services as appropriate.
  • Conduct outreach and engagement activities in-person and via video conference one to two (1-2) times per month.
  • Facilitate a minimum of two (2) family engagement activities each quarter.
  • Engage a minimum of 15 unduplicated individuals each month.
  • Collaborate with LAYC SUD treatment staff to collect data regarding outreach and engagement activities and maintain accurate records regarding all activities.
  • Collaborate with LAYC’s communications coordinator to develop a social marketing strategy aimed at increasing awareness of the availability and accessibility of SUD Treatment Services for youth and families.
  • Create and maintain relationships with community-based partner organizations, agencies and referral sources.
  • Make presentations about outreach/engagement activities to LAYC staff and community partners.
  • Attend all mandatory LAYC staff meetings.
  • Maintain updated criminal background and child protective clearances.
  • Perform other duties specifically assigned by the Social Services Department Director.
  • Adhere to all LAYC personnel policies.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or GED with substantial experience in youth development and/or substance use prevention and treatment
  • Ability to work well and communicate with culturally diverse populations
  • Experience working in a community-based and multicultural setting
  • Experience with developing and delivering presentations
  • Knowledge of community and local resources in DC
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Proficient computer skills, experience with ETO or other data collection system a plus
  • Experience working in a team environment
  • Complete medical, FBI and child abuse and neglect clearances.
  • Flexible schedule, including evening and weekend hours, as needed
  • Flexible, energetic, positive individual with commitment to youth development in a high quality, respectful environment.

TO APPLY

Send resumes and cover letter to the Director of Social Services Elizabeth Mohler at elizabeth@layc-dc.org.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 

This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 10 lbs. May require the ability to travel locally and/or regionally.

LAYC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that values diversity as a strength and fosters an environment of mutual respect. LAYC is committed to providing opportunities without any regard to age, race, color, pregnancy, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or status within any other protected group.