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High Risk Youth Worker – Allies for Youth

Boyle Street Community Services

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REPORTS TO: Youth Services Manager

HOURLY RANGE: $20.69-$24.35/hour ($43 036 – $50 641)/year plus travel expenses

HOURS: 40 hours/week including working evenings as required

“Despite great challenges we believe unhealthy cycles can be broken, new opportunities created and, through healing, health restored.”

Would you like to be a part of an organization that works with some of Edmonton’s most vulnerable populations and counts on the professionalism, expertise, insight, and passion of its staff to develop programs and services for the clients they work with? Join us at Boyle Street Community Services.

“We stand with our clients, side by side, patiently and for as long as they want – a constant and consistent caring force”

Boyle Street Community Services (BSCS) is a values-driven organization that believes our clients are the experts in their own life. Your job will be to foster innovation with your team alongside our clients.  If your values are aligned with our values and beliefs listed at: http://boylestreet.org/who-we-are/mission-and-history/, please consider joining our team.

This position comes with a comprehensive dental, health and drug benefits package, three weeks of annual vacation, and numerous professional development and training opportunities.

Job Purpose:

Kahkiyaw is being delivered in partnership by Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society and Boyle Street Community Services, two community organizations with a long and successful history of serving Indigenous people in Edmonton.  Working closely with CFSA Region 6 and using the Outcome Based Service Delivery model, the program will provide a continuum of services to improve the outcomes for Indigenous children and families in our city.

This position will work in collaboration with Kahkiyaw’s Family Wellness supervisors & Child and Family Services Region 6 caseworkers. The Family Wellness Youth Specialist will assist Youth in stabilizing their lives and increasing opportunities for success.  The Family Wellness Youth Specialist works from a harm reduction approach, a relationship based practice and a strength based philosophy.  The Family Wellness Youth Specialist is responsible for case management along with our CFSA Region 6 partner and will work within the parameters of the High Risk Youth Initiative in helping participants.

Key Areas of Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with CFSA workers and participants on intervention strategies to help youth pursue safer and healthier lives
  • Establish relationship-based practice with participants and to build rapport with caseworkers, family members & other supports
  • Work from a strengths perspective with all participants
  • Assist in creating a safe, secure and supportive environment which respects the participant and his/her right to participate in all decisions affecting them
  • Provide crisis intervention, safety planning, and appropriate referrals to community services.
  • Advocate and ensure basic needs of participant are being met
  • Respect and meet the various cultural needs of the participant
  • Provide guidance and support and make referrals for participant on issues related to health, family, addictions, justice, education, employment, recreation and housing
  • Establish working relationships with Boyle Street Community Services staff, the High Risk Youth Initiative and various NCCYF staff



  • Diploma or Degree in Human Services; minimum of two years of relevant related experience.  Must have knowledge and experience working with high risk youth and families.

Skills, Abilities and Attitudes:

  • Ability to work in a highly stressful and ever changing environment
  • Must have excellent boundaries
  • Mental resiliency is key
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the High Risk Youth Initiative philosophy, including harm reduction and relationship based practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge of addictions, gangs, sexual exploitation, homelessness, poverty, use and neglect
  • Exhibits and exceptional ability in connecting with youth and understands barriers encountered by youth
  • Demonstrate effective time management skills, strong professional boundaries and quick and efficient problem-solving skills
  • Basic computer and report writing skills, including Microsoft Office and experience working with a data base e.g. (ETO- Efforts Towards Outcomes)

Other Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Indigenous people and culture, new immigrants, ethno-cultural groups and vulnerable populations
  • Knowledge of the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act and the Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act
  • Level 1 First-Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certified
  • Valid Driver’s License, a reliable vehicle, a clear Driver’s Abstract and comfortable with extensive travel and transportation of clients
  • Criminal Record check and Child and Youth Information Systems check are required (results will be reviewed on a case by case basis)

Closing Date: Until Suitable Candidate is Found

Boyle Street Community Services is an equal opportunity employer. We value the diversity of the communities we serve, and are committed to engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. Boyle Street Community Services welcomes applications from First Nation, Inuit, Métis, New Canadian, differently-abled, and LGBTQ2S communities.

How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to: hr@careersforcommunity.ca. Please include 20-052BSCS, High Risk Youth Worker, in the Subject Line of the email. Please state in the cover letter how you heard about the position and why you are suitable for the position.