Two positions are available in each of the following homes:Cardinal Cottage Spirt 5Spirit 8McKenzie House Spirit of Our Youth homes provide culturally-based programming, support and safe, home-based accommodations to First Nations, Metis or Inuit children and youth age 3 to 24. Our trauma-informed services empower those we serve and help foster community connections with honesty, compassion and respect. Our well-maintained homes are located in safe, established neighborhoods. Close to schools, playgrounds and easy access to transportation, our homes are part of the community and create a welcoming environment. We provide healthy routines, a monthly clothing allowance, recreational opportunities and transportation. Traditional FNMI teachings can empower youth to make strong connections with family and community. Each youth has access to a cultural coordinator who provides individual support and cultural opportunities including monthly sweats, weekly sharing circles, smudging, pipe ceremonies, feasts, dances, traditional healing, languages and access to community Elders and Cultural Helpers.
For youth, reconnecting to their indigenous culture can be a powerful way to heal from past traumas and to envision a stronger, healthier future. In safe, nurturing environment, our trained youth workers build individualized programs that teach basic skills and help youth set and achieve personal goals. With positive role-modeling and a trauma-informed approach to care, we help them plan for their future, create healthy relationships with their families & communities and focus on the personal empowerment found through a connection with indigenous culture.Position 1 (Fri-Sun): Friday 3-11 pm, Saturday 12-8pm, and Sunday 4-11 pmPosition 2 (Sat-Mon): Saturday 8-4 pm, Sunday 12-8 pm, and Monday 3-11 pm
• Ensure youths' basic needs are met (personal care, life skills and social/occupational skills)• Support youth with developing and achieving personal goals. • Daily household tasks which may include cleaning, laundry or assisting the youth with the completion of these tasks, etc.• Teach and encourage age-appropriate life skills such as; communication, emotional well being, problem solving, cooking, cleaning, budgeting, being a positive role model, etc. • Drive children/youth to and from school, medical appointments, recreational activities, community resources, etc.• Encourage youth to learn and participate in culturally appropriate programs and activities.• Supervise and participate in programming and activities that promote social/emotional /physical development to build competence and self-worth and achieve personal goals. • Assist in designing, implementing and evaluating individual service plans, program specific policies & procedures.COVID-19: Please be aware that governments and/or funders within our service sectors are mandating services be provided by employees that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination will be required at time of hiring.
*** Prior to confirmation of employment all applicants must provide a current (dated within 6 months of hiring date) Criminal Record Check and Ministry Check. These checks can take up to 6 weeks to obtain, please ensure you prepare accordingly.
• Degree, Diploma or Certificate in the Human Services field or equivalent experience • 2 years' experience in group homes and/or supported independent living.• Kokum, Knowledge Keeper• Valid Class 5 Driver’s License and clean driver’s abstract with personal car insurance (2 million in third party liability)• Able to deal with crisis situations and ensure safety of youth in the program.• First Aid/CPR Certificate• Suicide Intervention, Self Harm, Crisis Intervention and Medication Administration training• Aboriginal awareness and cultural diversity training • Able to work and follow Spirit of Our Youth Homes Inc. policies and procedures and adhere to Alberta Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.• Knowledge of the Canadian Accreditation Council of Human Services• Able to lift 50 lbs.
Spirit of Our Youth started in 2000, out of a passion for helping indigenous youth. From one home in Central Edmonton we have grown to operate 5 Group Care Homes, a Supported Independent Living program, as well as a Drive and Supervised Visits program.In 2013, Spirit of our Youth became part of WJS Canada, the largest privately-owned national social services company in Canada. While operating autonomously, Spirit has full access to the extensive WJS Canada resources.
• Safe, respectful and caring team environment • Training programs to ensure professional development and career development • Flexible hours
For more information on Spirit of Our Youth and WJS Canada or to apply for this position, visit our website at www.spirityouth.ca.
No telephone calls please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.