Program Overview – Youth Settlement Services, Community Programs
WoodGreen’s Community Programs Unit provides settlement support to young people as they embark on their settlement journey into their new home. Funded by three levels of government, Community Programs operates settlement services, language programs, job search services, employment bridging/mentorship programs, networking activities, and social and recreational activities.
What You Will Do
• Plan implement, and evaluate outreach plans which target young people (many of whom are new to the community), and promote access to resources, leadership development, and integration into school and society.
• Provide one-on-one supportive counselling and group programs to young people in the local community, referring clients to educational, recreational, community, and employment resources in East Toronto, and linking them with community resources in housing, healthcare, education, and language development.
• Support young people and their families access resources including information and referral, housing, health, education, and employment.
• Actively work with schools, libraries, community organizations, recreational centers, faith organizations, local employers, health and family centers, local immigrant groups, malls, ethnic media, and websites, to maximize newcomer and immigrant youth access to resources.
• Engages members of the local communities to secure volunteering and community engagement opportunities for Newcomer Youth.
• Provide orientation to Ontario and Financial Literacy workshops.
• Attend community meetings, activities, and events and actively promotes WoodGreen throughout the community.
• Collaborate with colleagues to develop innovative ideas to enhance services.
• Work with other WoodGreen services to ensure on-going collaboration and coordination within the organization.
• Ensure all client data is collected and entered into our database in a timely manner.
• Report activities and outcomes to the Manager on a regular basis.
• Ensure the anti-racism objectives and community development principles of the organization are achieved within the program.
What You Bring to the Team
• Bachelor Degree in Social Work, Education, or a related discipline.
• Child and Youth Worker Diploma considered an asset.
• At least two (2) years of experience working with Newcomer populations, providing settlement, integration counselling, and group programs in a non-profit setting.
• Ability to communicate fluently in a second language required.
What Will Set You Apart
• Knowledge of the needs and issues facing young people new to Canada.
• Knowledge of newcomer needs and experience with providing services in a group setting.
• Experience in designing and delivery of group programs to support Newcomer youth with access to resources, leadership development, and integration into school and society.
• Experience working with local schools, faith organizations, and community agencies.
• Cultural sensitivity and ability to communicate with clients from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
• Demonstrated experience in case management and ability to counsel and prepare quality progress notes and case documents.
• Demonstrated ability to work and collaborate within teams.
• Strong organizational and planning skills.
• Strong time management skills and ability to meet deadlines.
• Strong English language skills, both verbal and written, with ability to communicate effectively.
• Strong computer skills with knowledge of Windows, MS Office Suite, Internet, and database systems.
• Ability to work at satellite offices throughout East Toronto.