AmeriCorps Youth & Family Specialist

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  • AmeriCorps
  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Job Type Details: Full-time & Part-time positions are available. Paid internship opportunity.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Oversee the activities at our 24/7 runaway and homeless youth shelter during shift. This position is a contract stipend service position and reports directly to the Director of AmeriCorps and Volunteer Programs.


Shelter Care: Provide consistent, caring and supportive residential supervision and shelter care for adolescents in a trauma informed environment. This includes: meeting the physical, emotional and crisis needs of the youth housed, communicating effectively with the youth, developing milieu programming and activities, meeting with visitors, preventing and resolving conflicts among residents, between residents and family members, and visitors.

Crisis Intervention Services: Initiate, maintain and complete the intake process including: initial engagement and service explanation, problem solving, individual interviewing, development of shelter contracts with youth, and interpretation of the service program in the context of providing crisis intervention services.

Teamwork: Effectively communicate with and assist therapists, youth and family specialists, program directors, etc. in the implementation of a problem-goal focused individualized intervention plan, making referrals to additional supportive services for youth and families, and assist with safe and supportive discharge plans for residents.

Support/Educational Groups: Provide support and educational groups as an adjunct to counseling services in accordance with individualized intervention plan.

Record Keeping: Accurately complete all records associated with client files, log entries, forms and memos.

Telephone: Provide telephone crisis counseling, information and referrals in order to meet the needs of youth, adults and agencies in the community requesting assistance through our 24/7 telephone crisis line.

Volunteer Supervision: Provide supervision of volunteers and student interns in the implementation of their duties and provide feedback as required.

Housekeeping, Home Maintenance, Meal Preparation, Laundry: Ensure that the house and grounds are cleaned and maintained on a daily basis in the context of daily chores through the supervision of residents, volunteers and sharing in the tasks themselves in order to meet acceptable levels of cleanliness, safety standards, and other inspections. Ensure that meals are prepared and meet nutritional guidelines. Supervise and enlist the help of residents and volunteers in the preparation of meals, table setting, clearing, and clean-up.

Additional Duties: as assigned by the Lead Youth and Family Specialist or Program Director.


  • Full Time: Receive a monthly stipend of $1,375.00 (less taxes)
  • Full Time: Upon successful completion of term, AmeriCorps members receive an Education Award of $6,345.00, for federal student loan repayment or future tuition payments.
  • Part Time: Receive a monthly stipend of $728.00 (less taxes)
  • Part Time: Upon successful completion of term, AmeriCorps members receive an Education Award of $3,172.00, for federal student loan repayment or future tuition payments.
  • Federal student loan deferment and interest forbearance accrued during term of service offered through AmeriCorps.
  • Health care and child care benefits to qualifying individuals through AmeriCorps
  • Professional development through hands on training and experience
  • Professional networking opportunities as an AmeriCorps alumni

Americorps members must complete Americorps application, service hours, trainings, and volunteer project requirements during term of service to be eligible for total Americorps stipend, educational award and program benefits.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS: Must be at least 20 years of age or older. High school diploma or equivalent; college coursework in social work or relevant human services field preferred or a combination of relevant education and experience. Excellent communication & interpersonal skills with attention to detail and the ability to climb stairs with some lifting. Must be able to pass a Wisconsin State Caregiver Criminal Background Check per the standards set forth by state licensing requirements.

This position requires the participant to apply for and meet the requirements of an AmeriCorps member for the service term which runs through August 31st, 2024 and agree to the special conditions and benefits of this membership.

  • Applicants must be at least 20 years old, with a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Full Time: Commit to a minimum of 1700 hours of service to be completed throughout the 2023-2024 AmeriCorps service term.
  • Part Time: Commit to a minimum of 900 hours of service to be completed throughout the 2023-2024 AmeriCorps service term.
  • Have flexible work availability. Our 24/7 shelter is open during daytime, evening, and overnight hours. Must be available for 1, 2, and 3rd shifts with weekend availability.
  • Pass a state of Wisconsin caregiver background check.
  • Prior experience working with youth and families preferred.

AGENCY: Our Runaway & Teen Crisis Program provides temporary shelter, counseling, and supportive services to youth ages 11-17 free of cost. This program provides a safe and legal alternative to the streets for runaway and homeless youth, as well as offering respite in a neutral space where problem-solving can take place for both the youth and the family. We help youth decide upon a future course of action which is positive and in their best interest.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center is deeply committed to diversity in all that we do. We welcome applications from all individuals including those who mirror the diversity of our youth and the community we serve. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume with subject line, "AmeriCorps YFS Position" to the Director of Volunteers and AmeriCorps Programs, Rija Rehan at

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