Part-Time Wahine Toa Youth Navigator
***Closing Date extended to April 3, 2020 due to disruption from COVID-19.
Date subject to change again depending on how current public health situation develops***
Wahine Toa Youth Navigator – The Salvation Army’s Independent Living Programme
60 hours per fortnight (flexible hours)
Do you have a passion for walking alongside young women as they transition to adulthood and independence?
Do you care about those who have been ‘in care’ during their childhood?
Do you have a sound working knowledge of positive youth development?
Do you wish to work for an established and respected not-for-profit on an exciting programme?
The Salvation Army’s Independent Living Programme is designed to replicate a positive flatting environment. Young people aged 16 and over who are transitioning out of care placements are referred by Oranga Tamariki, and those accepted move into a flat with both their peers and older, supportive flatmates called Tuakana. Tuakana are volunteers who receive a subsidized board package and in return are responsible for building a positive flat culture which prioritizes informal learning opportunities within the flat.
What does a Youth Navigator do?
As Wahine Toa Youth Navigator you are required to walk alongside approximately 5-6 young women (programme maximum is 10 so make-up of young people can vary) as they adjust to flatting and independence. Our young people come with different experiences of the care-system and the navigator (with support from tuakana and colleagues) need to assess both strengths and areas for development. It is then expected that you will work based on ‘needs’, using a positive youth development approach and culturally appropriate lens. The difference between this and many other Youth Development roles is that you have easy access to young people within their own flat environment, while also being able to influence and support the tuakana living with them and connect with the community/whanau/friends/professionals around them.
-A heart, desire and passion to ‘care about’ vulnerable young people
-Creativity, patience, willingness to learn, ability to problem solve with (and advocate for) young people aged 16 and over
-Level 4 qualification (Diploma or higher) in relevant field
-Capacity to build positive relationships with young people, actively listen and then act based on needs of individual and flat collective
-Being comfortable engaging with whanau who may have had positive and challenging experiences working with community and government organisations
-Seek to embrace diversity, different cultural backgrounds and enhance the mana of our young people and wider team
-Own your place in a small team and add value to the wider ILP whanau of young people, tuakana and staff.
– Work with a sound knowledge of the positive youth development framework, and willingness to practically apply models or assessment tools such as Te Whare Tapa Wha, Circle of Courage and HEEADSSS
– Assess and manage risks for wellbeing of all flatmates and staff and be adept at conflict resolution, negotiating and de-escalation with a view to restorative outcomes.
-Flexibility to work (agreed) variable hours to meet needs of young people and programme
-Willingness to foster relationships with tuakana, internal and external stakeholders particularly Transition to Adulthood Workers (TTAs) and Oranga Tamariki Social Workers
-Support creative facilitation of flat hui and participate in Family Group Conferences (as required)
-Keep thorough and up-to-date records for young people on the ILP using an internal system.
This is an opportunity to support vulnerable young people with navigating a challenging but exciting time in their lives. You will also be able to directly influence the development of a programme still in the early stages of growth. To be successful you need a balance of heart, willingness to learn, practical skills and theoretical knowledge. If you have a desire to ‘care-about’ our rangatahi and this mission then please apply.
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