Streetwork er (Outreach Worker)

The Streetworker’s
mission has two overall objectives: to develop a peacemaking process between
those youth that are most often involved in street violence; and secondly, to connect those young
people most overlooked to the services they may be in need of.
Responsibilities
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Outreach: Design and implement an outreach plan to target specific groups of young people
such as those out
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of
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school, homeless, gang
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involved youth. Their outreach is based on a three
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pronged approach: 1) providing street and neighborhood
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based outreac
h (i.e. frequenting the
local gang hotspots, parks, etc), 2) visiting other youth
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serving organizations on a regularly basis
and 3) receiving referrals from other “systems
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based” agencies. Streetworkers will also provide
trainings to other community provi
ders on topics such as gang awareness and intervention.
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Implement peace making process with all gang involved youth. Peace making process involves
Introduction meeting, Peace trips, peace circles, and peace summits.
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Crisis Intervention and Mediation: Pro
vide crisis intervention and conflict resolution (between
both gang and non
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gang involved youth)
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Follow up on youth referrals from project partners (school, probation department, gang unit,
DYS, DCF, etc.)
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Point of entry for UTEC Employment and Educatio
n center.
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Work with a caseload of (15
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21) selected gang involved or homeless youth
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Maintain updated paper work and files
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Provides supportive counseling and advocacy for gang and homeless youth
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Identify and provide resources, referral and follow up for e
ach youth re: education,
employment, treatment, shelter, recreation, peacemaking, etc.
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Work with Neighborhood organizations, social service agencies (i.e. Big Brother’s ADAM project,
YMCA, CMAA, and Lowell High School), to gain knowledge and visibility at
youth hangouts and
local hotspots. These Partnerships will provide a frame work for strong service plans.
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Intervene/ practice respectful curiosity and follow up on incidents related to youth
population.
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Be on 24
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hour on call to respond to youth crisis. (
rotating schedule)
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Follow
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up: Caseworkers provide intensive follow
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up to a core group of young people in most
need of services (i.e. phone calls, home visits, follow
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up calls to their teachers, youth worker,
DYS caseworkers, or probation officers,). Fol
low
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up is essential when working with out
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of
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school, gang, or court
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involved youth.
Qualifications
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AA preferred/equivalent community experience accepted
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Strong understanding of gangs and gang culture in the city of Lowell preferred
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Ability to multi
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task
and adapt to changing environment.
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Flexibility to work hours as program needs change.
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Ability to provide own transportation and a valid drivers licenses
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Demonstrated proficiency in MS Word, Excel, outlook and Internet.

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Bi
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lingual/bi
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cultural (Southeast
Asian, Latino
), and females strongly encouraged to apply.
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Significant experience working with young people.
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Strong leadership, organizing & facilitation skills.
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Strong comfort level in approaching teens in various different situations.
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Ability to laugh at
oneself a must.
Salary/Benefits
: Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include health and dental (50
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85%
subsidized), 3 weeks paid vacation, and paid sick/personal time.
To Apply:
Email resume and cover letter to
Jonathan Lunde jlunde@utec
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lowell
.org
. Resumes submitted
without a cover letter cannot be considered. Please indicate in your cover letter where you saw this
posting.
About UTEC
Established in 1999, UTEC’s mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambitions of Lowell’s most
disen
gaged youth to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. UTEC’s target
population is out
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of
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school youth, ages 16
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24, who have at least one additional risk factor
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specifically,
being homeless, gang
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involved, court
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involved, or pregnant/p
arenting. Visit www.utec
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lowell.org for
more information.
Lowell, Massachusetts
2014-08-31
United Teen Equality Center (UTEC)
Jonathan Lunde
jlunde@utec - lowell .org


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