Connections February 2020
What is Youth Unlimited/Youth For Christ?
Youth Unlimited (YU) is a not-for-profit, non-government, Christian organization that builds meaningful, long-term connections with vulnerable young people by meeting them on their turf. YU addresses the holistic health of young people: physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual.
What is Street Life Outreach?
Street Life, a program of Youth Unlimited/YFC, provides a safe space of belonging for marginalized young people, many of whom are street-entrenched (homeless, gang affiliated, trafficking drugs, etc.) or street-involved (participating in high-risk, street-level activities, but not fully consumed by the community). We offer relationships, referrals, and resources to these vulnerable young people, ages of 12 and 25. Street Life also provides Vancouver with the only mobile youth drop-in centre in the community, a renovated thirty-eight-foot C-class RV.
What does the Program Director do?
The Program Coordinator is responsible for the daily functions of the Street Life Outreach program. Duties include: managing and supervising both staff and volunteers, schedule programming, fundraise and maintain donor relationships, casting vision to reach the program’s goals and markers of impact.
Work Location and Environment:
East Vancouver (Commercial Drive & Strathcona Areas) – Mobile Street Drop-in Downtown Eastside Community – Vancouver Native Health Youth Drop-in Mount Pleasant Community – Youth Unlimited Art Studio
What must the candidate possess to thrive in the position?
- Professionalism in verbal and written communication
- Team building and leadership skills
- Passion for discipleship and evangelism
- Passion to work with those who are homeless and/or struggling with addiction
- Ability to work in team and independently, while being a highly efficient time manager
- Ability to plan and coordinate meetings, small groups, and events
- Ability to obtain a Class 4 driver’s license
- Knowledge of Canadian-Indigenous history, and the subsequent impact of colonialism
- At least two years experience working with at-risk youth
- Possess a Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field of study
- Conflict resolution and deescalation skills
- Ability to train and equip others to impact the lives of vulnerable youth
What are the working conditions?
- Telephone and computer work at home, central office, or coffee shop
- Meeting youth and adults in coffee shops and other public places
- Collaborating with other East Vancouver staff, Greater Vancouver staff, and volunteers
- Developing and maintaining partnerships with individuals, schools, and community organizations
- Occasional evening work, day trips, and extended trips
- Salary, expenses, and benefits are all raised by the applicant (with coaching from supervisor)
Time commitment: Full time, 40 hours per week
Apply by sending in your cover letter and resume to Dean Klassen – firstname.lastname@example.org