Youth Progress
  • 12-Feb-2018 to 12-Mar-2018 (CST)
  • Other
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $16.39 to $19.00 DOE
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

-Generous vacation/sick accrual, -100% premium paid health insurance, -Eligible for membership in OnPoint Community Credit Union, -Employee Assistance Program provides free counseling services, -Training and professional development

Youth Progress is seeking an experienced, collaborative, and trauma-informed Youth Engagement Specialist (YES) to join our team. The YES is responsible for creating a community within an un-locked residential program, providing consistency, and maintaining safety. This position requires a level-headed and reliable person. There will be a YES position in each of the residential programs. This position will report into the Residential Program Manager.

Job Responsibilities:

Milieu Management:

  • Client Support: Provide individual guidance for clients in the house, in conjunction with the other life skills trainers throughout their day. YES's will create and maintain a culture of community and belonging with all youth at Youth Progress, with a special focus on those within the residential program.
  • Communication: Enhance communication within and between all staff in the residential program by creating routines and procedures to help each client succeed.
  • Consistency: Keep clients safe and help them progress toward their treatment goals
  • Role Modeling: Be a cultural leader by maintaining a calm, positive, and professional presence. Role-model problem-solving and conflict resolution throughout your work.

Relational Engagement:

  • Relationship Building: Create strong and trusting relationships with youth. Capitalize on scheduled and unscheduled time with youth to build rapport and a professional helping relationship.
  • Calming Presence: Ensure client safety and stability by modeling calm and consistency communication in times of crisis and when managing high intensity situations.
  • Client Growth: Collaborate with youth to help ensure they are creating and following individualized and developmentally appropriate plans and goals
  • Client empowerment: Empower and support youth in decision making, collaborative problem solving, and positive reinforcements.
  • Group Facilitation: Facilitate groups in one or more of the following areas: Sports/Rec, Creative Arts, Health/Wellness

Documentation and Tracking:

  • Logging: Complete daily logs as assigned
  • Documentation:Invest in clients' ongoing success by documenting client needs and behaviors and associated support plans. Help ensure that our documentation is on time and meets state requirements.

About Us:

What we do:

Youth Progress provides safe and stable homes to youth in the Juvenile Justice and Foster Care systems. We are trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and provide individualized and comprehensive supports to youth in our programs. We are dedicated to helping youth become productive members of the community.

We Believe:

  • We believe that youth in the juvenile justice and foster care systems are leaders, scholars, artists, athletes and entrepreneurs; we recognize this and create opportunities to build upon these talents
  • We believe in the power of relationships, and work tirelessly to earn the trust and respect of youth in our programs
  • We believe in the innate beauty of all youth and the importance of treating all youth with unconditional positive regard
  • We believe in creating a positive, caring environment that helps inspire change in the hearts and minds of youth
  • We believe in the importance of expressing gratitude and in celebrating successes together
  • We believe that the experiences of staff and youth are inextricably linked, and that we are on a transformational journey together

Position & Environment Details:

  • Full Time: Yes
  • On-call: Yes
  • Hours: Weekend and swing shifts
  • Co-workers: The Youth Engagement Specialists will work closely with the case manager, and life skills trainers. As an agency, we are creative, dedicated, and driven. We're often busy, but never too busy to help brainstorm a complicated problem or share a word of support.
  • Day to day: For our Youth Engagement Specialists no two days are exactly alike. However, on any given day, you will likely spend a lot of time with youth, in the residential program in various activities and groups. If you are someone who enjoys lively days, has a knack for anticipating the unexpected, has a strong ability to engage youth, and faces each new day with poise, this position could be a great fit.

Applicant Qualifications:


  • Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, or social sciences
  • 2 years prior experience in direct services working with youth  
  • Current driver's license


  • Master's level preferred
  • Experience facilitating groups
  • Experience providing Trauma-Informed Services
  • Experience with Collaborative Problem Solving and/or Restorative Justice
  • Experience providing culturally responsive services and/or relational engagement with youth.


Please note that only applicants progressing to the interview stage will be contacted.


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