POSITION SUMMARY: This Community Advocate position is an independent, self-driven position that supports and oversees victims of human trafficking ages 18-24 years old seeking and accessing YouthCare and other community based permanent housing. This includes providing case management and advocacy services to young people within the age group who have been sexually exploited and abused, including labor trafficked, justice involved youth, The Community Advocate works collaboratively with YouthCare staff, other community partners, the natural supports in a young person’s life including family members, and the young person to identify, engage, and support eligible young people to increase personal safety, navigate complex systems, and gain access to existing services. Primary job responsibilities include, case management, providing short term rental assistance, outreach and engagement, safety planning, harm reduction strategies, training for youth and family members including other key adults in the youth’s life. Developing and maintaining relationships within the juvenile justice system and law enforcement are also key components of the position.
YouthCare works to end youth homelessness and to ensure that young people are valued for who they are and empowered to achieve their potential. Founded in 1974, YouthCare was one of the first programs to serve runaway and homeless youth on the West Coast. The goal was to help young people find safety today and build a future for tomorrow. Over four decades, we’ve defined best practices and developed programs that are a national standard for excellence. Using a youth-centered approach, we ensure that young people experiencing homelessness ages 12-24 have the hope, skills, and confidence to gain long-term stability.
OPEIU Local 8 is a progressive, democratically run union working for social and economic justice since 1945. Local 8 represents more than 6,000 members all over Washington state working in many settings including offices, health and home care, housing, social services, the insurance industry, legal services and the public sector.
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