Build Futures is an organization devoted to helping the homeless youth of Orange County. Their mission is to provide a path to a future free from homelessness and poverty.

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They currently have a need for a YOUTH COACH volunteer position. If interested, contact Kathy Tillotson at 949-509-9337

Following is the job description:

Build Futures Clients (ages 18-24)

DEFINITION?- Under direction of the Build Futures executive director, establish a supportive relationship to a youth, ages 18-24. Assists the youth in obtaining health, financial and social services; develops and implements case plans; performs related duties as required. An obligation of four to eight hours per week for six months is required. Stability is missing from our clients’ lives, so it is critical that all coaches meet their commitments. A degree of flexibility is required to work with the clients due to their appointments and work schedules.
ONGOING INSTRUCTION?- Assessment and training are provided on an ongoing basis and when the coach, youth, and the executive director are ready, youth coaches are assigned to a Build Futures client. Youth coaches must meet regularly with the client and the Build Futures executive director during the first month. Coaches must become fully aware of operating procedures and policies. Case notes must be written and emailed to the Executive Director within 24 hours of any contact including face-to-face, text, phone, and email.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES?-Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
•    Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other nonprofit staff in Orange County.
•    Conduct comprehensive client assessments to collect functional, environmental, psychosocial, financial, employment, housing, educational, and health information as appropriate to develop and create a cost effective care and self-sufficiency plan.
•    Determine quality and effectiveness of services provided and if necessary, develop and implement new plans.
•    Develop support systems to meet client needs by identifying and coordinating a variety of available services.
•    Provide transportation in some cases to services needed or the bike shop.
•    Evaluate client risk and assess need for immediate intervention.
•    Interpret and explain laws, regulations, and service programs to clients.
•    Enter data and case notes into Salesforce.

TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS (May be obtained during training) ?Knowledge of:
•    Principles and techniques of interviewing, mental health, diagnostic assessment and a variety of counseling methods.
•    Medical, psychological, educational, social service, legal, and community resources.
•    Laws and regulations regarding youth ages, 18-24, and functions of public assistance and social service systems.
Ability to:
•    Analyze situations and determine proper course of action by making decisions and utilizing independent judgment.
•    Assess undefined, potentially complex situations with regard to physical and psychosocial needs of clients.
•    Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
•    Engage clients in the problem solving process.
•    Interpret and explain complex laws and regulations to clients
•    Maintain records
•    Obtain information through questioning; establish and maintain effective casework relationships with clients.
•    On a continuous basis, know signs and symptoms of mental illness; understand cultural influences on behavior; identify need for services;
•    Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.

Experience and Training: ?Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university preferred with major course work in social work, psychology, counseling, sociology, nursing, or a related field or experience working with young adults.

Background Check required

Travel Required

License or Certificate: ?Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license and proof of car insurance.