Street Outreach Worker
Youth Organizations Umbrella Inc. (Y.O.U.) - Evanston, IL

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Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.) is searching for a Street Outreach Worker who can build positive relationships with disconnected youth and young adults. This Street Outreach Worker will engage disconnected, street, runaway, and homeless youth in Evanston and connect them with mentors, education, and employment. The ultimate goal will be to support youth in leaving the streets and building productive futures.

Primary Responsibilities include:
  • Connect with schools, youth centers, community businesses and other community services where youth frequently are located.
  • Build deep relationships with disconnected, street, runaway, and homeless youth.
  • Link youth to critical social services
  • Assist youth in accessing education, employment, positive youth development, and other pro-social activities.
  • Collaborate with the City of Evanston, the Youth Job Center, the YWCA Evanaston/North Shore and other agencies.
  • Identify emerging issues facing the youth, and incorporate necessary program design changes to ensure that our services remain relevant and effective.
  • Maintain accurate, complete, and up to date records.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
This position reports directly to Y.O.U.’s Director of the Street Outreach Program. The position is full-time and Y.O.U. is able to offer an annual salary in the mid-20k range. Mandatory Job Qualifications

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with the following qualifications:

  • High School Diploma required; Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience in and passion for youth services.
  • Experience working with at-risk youth.
  • Ability to build relationships of mutual trust and respect with youth.
  • Ability to establish credibility and trust with community partners, police, school personnel, and community members, as well as with Y.O.U. colleagues.
  • Ability to work independently and reliably, and to manage time and tasks efficiently.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for Y.O.U.’s mission.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends (when youth are most commonly on the street)
  • Other: Must have a car, valid driver’s license, and auto insurance, which meets or exceeds Y.O.U. agency standards for liability coverage.
  • Bilingual is a plus, but not necessary.