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17 Feb 2023

Part-Time Youth Development Staff – Youth Advocate

YMCA of the North – Posted by YMCA of the North Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Job Description

1. Job Summary: 

The Youth Advocate is a young person age 14-29 who is passionate about making necessary, positive, and meaningful systems change. The Youth Advocate uses their lived experience with the foster care system, justice system, homelessness, and/or exploitation to inform and improve the experience for others who are system-involved. Through the Youth Leadership Council, Youth Advisory Council – Foster Care, or Youth Advisory Board – Youth Justice, Youth Advocates will contribute to YMCA programming, community initiatives, trainings, events, and activities at the county and state level. They will work with a team of other young people to elevate their stories, develop professionally, and commit to influencing the systems that have impacted them. Youth advocates will provide a safe, enjoyable experience to all involved and will adhere to all employee standards.

2. Essential Functions: 

  • Working as part of a team to plan and implement program activities within the YMCA, broader community, and at the county and state level focused on improving the experience for system-involved youth 
  • Participate in all required meetings related to their programming
  • Provide insight to outside partners for youth support and programming
  • Maintain a safe environment.
  • Assist in special programs and activities as required by supervisor.

3. Relationships: 

This position reports to the Youth Support Program Manager. The incumbent interacts regularly with staff, other young people, and the community. This position requires regular interaction with people from a variety of diverse backgrounds. 


4. Qualifications: 


  • Must be motivated, organized, and creative
  • Must be team oriented
  • Ability and interest in working with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Strong communication and mediation skills
  • Must be between the ages of 14-29

Strongly Suggested

  • Access to reliable transportation to attend weekly meetings on Tuesdays from 4:30pm-6:30pm

5. Work Conditions: 

  • Must be able to actively participate in meetings, presentations, and any other planned activities


6. Additional Notes: 

This job description represents the major functions of the position but is not intended to be all-inclusive. The incumbent is also responsible for taking direction from branch representatives in completing projects or performing duties deemed necessary for the branch or Association success. 

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Part-Time.

Job expires in 57 days.

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