The Latin American Youth Center- Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (LAYC/MMYC) is a not-for-profit organization serving immigrant youth and youth of color in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. LAYC seeks to help youth become successful and happy young adults by providing a comprehensive set of programs to meet youth where they are, and help them build the skills they need to succeed and become change agents in their community. For additional information on LAYC, please visit our website: www.layc-dc.org
This position is listed for the Prince George’s County, Riverdale MMYC Site. The Street Outreach Youth Connections (SOYC) Outreach Worker collaborates with other SOYC staff and volunteers to conduct on-street outreach, in central and southern Prince George’s County. The position also provides support to other outreach teams throughout the county when necessary. The Outreach Worker researches areas, creates maps, and gathers information from case managers to inform outreach efforts and locate homeless and unstably housed youth. The SOYC staff must be committed to working flexible hours throughout the week and weekend.
LAYC/MMYC is a culturally competent organization that prioritizes recruiting and supporting staff who have shared life experiences with our youth.
- Ability to work well and communicate with culturally diverse populations.
- Develops detailed maps and guides of “hot spots” where homeless youth congregate
- Continuously updates maps/logs of outreach efforts to determine and recognize trends
- Facilitates training for SOYC volunteers and/or new staff on appropriate engagement methods
- Creates and follows schedules for effective street outreach
- Participates in weekly team meetings and informs staff of pertinent information regarding clients.
- Creates and manages an inventory of SOYC supplies, i.e. survival aid, information packets, bus cards, food, etc. Assists with the planning, facilitation training, and collaborations with other Prince Gorge’s County-based agencies that provide street outreach
- Performs institutional (public, private, nonprofit, faith-based) outreach and advocacy to create awareness around youth homelessness
- Implements and enters assessment information into the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
- Participates in the Coordinated Entry system with other providers
- Enters all notes/data and appropriate data into HMIS/ETO systems daily
- Meets with Program Manager for weekly programmatic supervision
- Improves professional skills by attending workshops, seminars, and training sessions as allowed by time and funding constraints
- Represents the LAYC on various county-wide committees dealing with Street Outreach and youth homelessness
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Program Manager.
- Bilingual or fluent/ proficient: English and Spanish required
- Bachelor of Arts/Science; preferred
- Minimum of two years’ experience working with youth;
- Driver’s License required
- Strong knowledge of community resources;
- Flexible schedule: Position will require weekend/ night shift hours;
- Bilingual in English and Spanish;
- Experience working with LGBTQ youth is preferred;
- Valid driver’s license required;
- Strong communication and organization skills;
- Ability to translate Positive Youth Development (PYD) techniques into practice;
- Ability to deal with a multicultural and diverse setting;
- Computer proficiency;
- Ability to complete FBI Background check, Police Clearance, and Child Protection Clearance;
- The LAYC welcomes diverse applicants with diverse backgrounds to include applicants that identify with this population;
- Flexibility to build schedules around outreach times and meetings
- Some weekend hours required
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.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
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.
Please send resume to Program Manager, Jackeline Lizama, firstname.lastname@example.org