Title: Prevention Case Manager, Youth on Fire (Temporary)
Organization: AIDS Action Committee
Brief Summary of Position:
The Youth on Fire Prevention Case Manager will: (1) proactively engage homeless and street-involved youth by establishing rapport and readily responding to individual needs in the program’s drop-in space; (2) provide harm reduction materials, supportive referrals, and prevention case management to YOF members, and; (3) work with the YOF team to create a safe and supportive environment in the drop-in center. Please Note: This is a full-time temporary position through October 31, 2017 with the possibility of permanent employment beyond October 31st, pending additional funding.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide clients with easily accessible and low-threshold services that operate within the harm reduction framework. This includes enrolling participants in program services, conducting basic risk assessments, and assisting participants with accessing support services on a walk-in, triage, and as-needed basis.
- Maintain a visible presence in the drop-in space by proactively engaging participants, responding to service needs, safety issues and provide general support through active listening.
- Work with the YOF staff to create a safe and supportive environment in the drop-in center.
- Provide written and verbal harm reduction information on safer sex strategies, substance use, overdose prevention, incarceration, sex work, street safety, GLBTQ issues, and HIV, STI and Hepatitis transmission.
- Assist participants in accessing medical and social services such as primary care, drug treatment, mental health and legal advocacy.
- Assist with the operation of the drop-in center’s nutrition program.
- Promote all related services available at Youth on Fire, throughout AAC and with collaborating programs, including Syringe Exchange and GLBT Health programs.
- Provide HIV counseling and testing sessions to program participants.
- Complete all required paperwork and data entry including referrals, drop-in space visits, risk reduction sessions, follow-up needs and participant feedback.
- Assist with community presentations on services available at Youth on Fire.
- Attend and participate in program, department, management and staff meetings and trainings as well as funder and stakeholder meetings as requested
- Perform other duties as requested.
- 2 – 5 years experience working with marginalized youth/ young adults
- Phlebotomy certification/experience or a willingness to be trained in phlebotomy
- Significant knowledge of health-related, social, and legal issues faced by homeless youth.
- Knowledge of youth development principles and practices as well as trauma informed services.
- Strong crisis management, de-escalation, and group facilitation skills.
- Commitment to practice harm reduction in all interactions with program participants.
- Understand importance of confidentiality and boundaries in prevention and education work.
- Demonstrated experience working in a multi-cultural environment where commitment to diversity based on race, age, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and physical ability is an institutional and programmatic value.
- Ability to be punctual and perform tasks consistently during scheduled work hours.
- Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
- Ability to work some evening and weekend hours.
- Ability to support the mission and goals of the program and agency.
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