Prevention and Diversion Worker - YES Shelter for Youth and Families

Sep 27, 2020
Peterborough, Ontario
Entry Level, Early Career

Prevention & Diversion Worker

Full Time Permanent (40 hours/week) $40,000-$48,172

Application Deadline: August 17th, 2020

The YES Shelter for Youth and Families is at an exciting time of growth in our provision of shelter, education, and transitional supports in Peterborough. This position will support at-risk youth 16-24 years of age to prevent homelessness and divert as many young people from the emergency shelter as possible. This permanent position comes following a very successful 18 month youth homelessness prevention pilot. This new team member will be the first, dedicated worker preventing youth homelessness in Peterborough City and County. The worker will support clients around their housing insecurity to better navigate and connect with services and pro-social opportunities in their communities to improve housing outcomes. The role involves a rewarding mix of direct client support and community capacity building work around homelessness prevention.


  • Promote youth homelessness prevention throughout the community, as a means to engage clients experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity (e.g., ongoing presentations with community groups to provide education on homelessness and prevention best practices)
  • Lead the 211 Youth Homelessness Prevention protocol that has been collaboratively developed in Peterborough City and County.
  • Carry a case load of clients diverted from shelter, supporting them by:
    • Wherever possible re-connecting youth with their families or natural supports, and connecting them and their families with community resources as appropriate.
    • Helping individuals identify their needs, goals, aspirations, skills and abilities as well as barriers to accessing services.
    • Providing individuals with general information, contacts, referrals and support as needed to build assets and address needs (e.g., housing, employment, education, health care and recreation; social and emotional issues).
    • Providing ongoing case management towards housing stability with a focus on natural supports being engaged. o Where natural supports are not possible, supporting the youth to acquire independent housing as soon as possible.
  • Build partnerships with community agencies, businesses and informal community groups to offer programs that engage youth to develop their knowledge, skills and interests (e.g., arts and culture, volunteering, civic engagement, recreation, life skills).
  • Maintain collaborative working relationships with professionals within and outside of the organization.
  • Enter and maintain accurate statistical service data, and client contact notes in the designated databases
  • Identify emerging issues, service gaps and opportunities for action to build community capacity
  • Maintain professional and evidence-based standards of practice in accordance with the Stages of Change intervention model, a positive youth development framework and relevant legislation (e.g. Child and Family Services Act, Criminal Justice Act)
  • Carry out other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor of Social Work or equivalent and 2 years of related experience working with youth;
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the life experiences and diverse needs, identities and cultural backgrounds of at-risk youth;
  • Experience in community development and capacity building;
  • Knowledge of community resources for youth;
  • Knowledge of family reconnection and, the skills necessary to help clients re-establish health relationships with those they identify as close to them;
  • Demonstrated skill in establishing trusting relationships with clients;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Demonstrated ability to work co-operatively and negotiate effectively with a range of community groups and service providers across sectors;
  • Experience working in homelessness, or homelessness prevention an asset;
  • Proven ability to maintain accurate records of service and to produce program reports
  • Knowledge and skill in planning and delivering group programs and workshops;
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends as needed;
  • Ability to participate in YES’ On Call Supervisory Team; • Certification Required: Standard First Aid/CPR, ASIST, NVCI or equivalent, WHMIS (or equivalent);
  • Valid Driver’s License and Access to a Reliable Vehicle;

YES offers a dynamic working environment, industry-competitive wages and benefits, schedule flexibility, and opportunities to grow professionally with the agency while meaningfully applying your skills and values in service to disadvantaged youth and families. The YES Shelter is enriched by the diversity of our client base and seeks staff that reflects this diversity. Specifically, please indicate if you identify as an individual with a disability, a member of the LGBTQ2S community, a visible minority or have indigenous ancestry.

We welcome your application. Application: Apply by August 17, 2020 at 4:00 PM, to Aimee Le Lagadec, Prevention and Housing Supports Manager via CharityVillage with your resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in the Family Homelessness Worker position.

Please indicate your availability for an interview on August 18, 2020 between 12:30-2pm, August 19, 2020 12-2pm, August 21, 2020 11-2pm. The YES Shelter for Youth and Families appreciates all interest in our work. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 196 Brock Street, Peterborough ON K9H 2P4 Telephone 705-748-3851, Fax 705-748-6697

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