Community Health Ambassador – Youth Outreach

Flemingdon Health Centre



Job Title:

Community Health Ambassador – Youth Outreach

Employment terms:


Project Part-Time (4-10 hours/week). Evenings and weekend hours can be expected.


Salary:


$22.22 per hour (4% pay in lieu of vacation)

Expected start date:



ASAP

Number of positions:



2


Reporting to:

Manager, Population Health and Wellness or designate


Locations:

Flemingdon Park Community

Application deadline:


July 9th, 2024 by 5:00pm Eastern Time

Application Process:


Qualified applicants are invited to submit their application via email at:

Please include a cover letter and resume in a single file. Kindly use “Community Health Ambassador – Youth Outreach– Your name” as the subject line of your e-mail.



Background: Flemingdon Health Centre (FHC) is an engaged and involved member of some of Toronto’s most dynamic neighborhoods; Flemingdon Park, Fairview and Thorncliffe Park. FHC is a registered charity and an incorporated not-for-profit Community Health Centre (CHC), with a vision of Strong Healthy Communities. Across our three sites, we provide a range of health-related services based on the social determinants of health with extensive community engagement.



At FHC, we believe that health is much more than just the absence of disease. Our approach to community health encompasses the social determinants of health which includes: education, employment, isolation, food security and social supports, and utilizes a community development model to promote health, prevent disease, and strengthen community capacity. We value health equity, inclusion, community engagement, accountability & transparency, excellence and collaboration & partnerships.

Position Summary:


We are seeking highly motivated and experienced Community Health Ambassadors – Youth Outreach Workers to join our Youth Violence Prevention team. The successful candidates will be responsible for community engagement and connecting with and supporting MVP youths (youths most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime) in the Flemingdon Park community. This is a unionized position.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with youths by actively listening to their needs, playing games, organizing and participating in field trips, and providing guidance on healthy approaches to stress and interpersonal relationships.
  • Conducting grant writing to secure additional funds for programming purposes.
  • Facilitate activities, workshops and co-creating youth programs related to violence prevention.
  • Attending professional development workshops as recommended by the supervisor.
  • Connect youths to support systems in their own community, including mental health resources, employment services, and other social services.
  • Aid youths in improving their social skills and becoming more involved in leisure and recreational activities.
  • Advocate for youths’ perspectives by conducting outreach, influencing policy, and participating in community-level committees and forums.
  • Collaborate with community partners and stakeholders to maximize support for youths in the community.
  • Regularly communicate with Youth Advisors to ensure they have a clear understanding of the project’s progress and to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Provide regular progress updates on Youth Peer Work to members of the Steering Committee.
  • All other associated tasks as determined by the project coordinator and partner agency staff.


Qualifications:

  • Must be between the ages of 16 and 29
  • Formal or informal mentorship, group, or peer work experience
  • Familiar with community resources and navigation for justice-involved, gang-involved, or gang-affiliated youth
  • Leadership, communication, and organizational skills are an asset
  • Collaboratively maintain a professional relationship between youth advisors and youth peer workers
  • FHC encourages people with lived experience or familiarity working with MVP youth, from the Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park communities to apply for this job.
  • Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code

We encourage applications from individuals who can identify with the diverse communities we serve. We thank all applicants for their interest but regret that only those selected for an interview will receive an acknowledgement. Please note that a criminal background check (Vulnerable sector) will be conducted for this position. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.