Child & Youth Program Worker

Thunderbird Friendship Centre

301 Beamish Avenue WestGeraldton, OntarioP0T1M0

The Child and Youth Program Worker will provide and implement activities, skills, services, outreach and support to promote positive development and life choices in urban Indigenous children and youth ages 6-16, whom have witnessed violence and mitigate the negative impact on children and their families

Full Time

Early childhood educators and assistants







? Provide direct supports, family centered counsellings, culture-based group activities, justice supports, prevention supports, and community capacity building.

? Provide wrap-around services and strength-based plans of care for children, youth and families.

? Promotes awareness and ensures access to the program through a variety of outreach efforts, external committees and relevant coalition and promotional activities

? Conducts peer counselling and provide support, resource information and encouragement for individuals and their families.

? Refer children and youth to appropriate services as required to document, advocate and liaise with internal and external resources and supports

? Responds to client emergencies and provides crisis intervention.

? Submits Serious Occurrence Reports (SOR) or Enhanced Serious Occurrence Reports (ESOR) to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

? Liaise with community children’s services, social services and other relevant service provider.

? Build networks with other agencies and refer clients when needed and to facilitate increased Indigenous sensitivity and awareness

? Post-secondary education in Indigenous studies, social work, child and youth work or combination of the equivalent and relevant education

? Minimum of three (3) years of demonstrated and related work experience with children and youth.

? Must have a Criminal Reference check, including a Vulnerable Sector Screening completed and approved prior to the commencement of the position.

? Must possess a valid “G” driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle and willing to travel to various locations.

? Experience in crisis intervention and prevention skills

? Knowledge and understanding of the Indigenous culture and history, with emphasis on family violence, child welfare, the impacts of trauma and community outreach.

? Strong understanding of the Child and Family Services Act and Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies.

? Experience in planning, coordinating, implementing and monitoring community-based programming.

? Ability to work as a team member and meet deadlines with minimum supervision.

? Excellent communication, facilitation skills and experience working with diverse groups.

? Knowledge of computers and various applications. (Word processing, database programs, internet and email)

Interested candidates may call about inquiries or are invited to submit a cover letter and resume in a sealed marked envelope, or by fax or email to the attention of Lazuli Mykulak, Financial/Human Resources Assistant. We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.