AmeriCorps Peer Advocate

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  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Job Type Details: Temporary position that is funded through the Federal AmeriCorps Worker Program

AmeriCorps Peer Advocate at Pathfinders’ Shelter

Position Summary:

Funded through a grant from the Federal AmeriCorps Member Program administered by the State of Wisconsin, AmeriCorps Members commit to a year of community service averaging 33 hours per week (minimum of 1,700 hours annually during the grant period of September 1, 2022 through August 31, 2023) and in return receive a living allowance of $687* semi-monthly  ($16,502 total*) (*amounts dependent on tax situations, withholdings, etc.), plus an educational award of $6,345 upon successful term completion that can be used to pay off federally subsidized loans or to pay tuition at schools that accept federally subsidized loans.

Health insurance is available at no cost for AmeriCorps Members, and child care benefits assistance is provided to members who meet the required qualifications.  Extensive pre-service and in-service training opportunities are required and are provided free of charge to participating AmeriCorps Member throughout Wisconsin.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Duties of the AmeriCorps Member Peer Advocate are to supervise the daily activities of runaway and homeless youth within the Pathfinders 24-hour licensed shelter, work to build rapport with residents, and to assist with youth development opportunities and training. Responsibilities include recruiting youth for Service Learning program and aftercare services, assisting callers to the program’s crisis hotlines, supervision of community volunteers, and youth group facilitation and supervision.  Manage aftercare program by providing case management, supervision of “peers” engaged in service learning, and assist with youth activity groups.  Co-facilitate aftercare group at the Pathfinders Drop-In Center with other Pathfinders staff by providing a safe place for aftercare clients to  participate in the program’s groups; which allow youth to socialize, discuss issues of importance, provide feedback on program functioning, receive life skills training, and participate in prevention education activities that give youth opportunities to make informed decisions, develop a plan for permanency, identify and achieve their personal goals.
  2. Additional duties include maintaining appearance and safety of the shelter facility, instructing youth on independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry, providing youth and family support and assistance.
  3. Position involves a variable work schedule that includes some overnight and weekend hours
  4. Other duties may be assigned.

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old.  A High School degree or its equivalent is preferred.
  • At least two years related experience working with youth and families is preferred. Previous experience working within a youth residential setting is a plus.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Organized, reliable, and able to maintain privileged client information.
  • Ability to work effectively within a nontraditional youth group home setting with a diverse population.
  • Must commit to the position for the full year from September 1, 2022 through August 31, 2023. A second full-year term may be available upon successful completion of first-year AmeriCorps Member
  • Expected to meet with aftercare supervisor regularly.

Send a letter of interest and, if possible a current resume, via email to Bailey Padron at bpadron@pathfindersmke.org . Documents can also be mailed to:

Pathfinders, 164 Kane Place, Milwaukee WI 53202 Attn: Bailey Padron

Applications can be downloaded and agency information obtained at www.pathfindersmke.org.

An Equal Opportunity Organization

Pathfinders is committed to a diversified workforce.  Persons of color, women, the disabled, and those with diverse cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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