Coaches are responsible for working with up to 15 young people from 9th grade to age 21, regardless of their academic status. The overall goal is to support the young person to Graduate high school, build progressive career development experiences in line with their interests, strengths, and academic/vocational plans, successfully navigate the transition into adulthood.
- Build relationships with up to 10 young people
- Provide ongoing social/emotional support
- Connect young people to quality schools, programs, resources, and opportunities in line with their goals.
- Work 1:1 with young people to conduct an interest/strength inventory in order to develop individualized academic and career development goals; implementation of measurable steps to effectively assist young people in reaching their desired goals.
- Collaborate with Case Planners, Tutors, Specialist, and foster/birth parents to help the youth achieve their goals and ensure their overall well-being.
- Connect young people to peer group supports.
- Ensure young people who are aging out can access and maintain stable, affordable housing and build independent living skills.
- Re-engage disconnected youth and help them re-enroll in an academic setting.
- Visit the young person's school/program and build relationships with school staff, review transcripts and academic data, provide educational advocacy, and discuss progress towards graduation/HSE obtainment.
- Ensure young people are attending school and have the support and resources they need to be successful, such as tutoring, individualized educations plans (IEPs), 504 plans, or other special accommodations.
- Expose students to post-secondary pathways, such as college and/or accredited vocational programs.
- Assist students with post-secondary planning, along with guidance counselors and/or
- Connect the students to the College Specialist to apply to colleges, opportunity programs, and all forms of financial aid, funding and scholarships.
- Assist young people in obtaining working papers, if needed.
- Conduct career exploration activities with young people.
- Provide persistence coaching to young people enrolled in any external program by checking in with them regularly.
- Ensure that the young person coordinates with a Housing Specialist to ensure that all young people's housing applications are submitted as early as possible.
- Accompany the young person to visit supportive housing residences.
- Help young people maintain their housing by providing independent living and life skills supports such as budgeting, obtaining a bank account, and advocating with the landlords.
- A Bachelor's degree and at least two years of experience working with at-risk or system-involved young people.
- Strong ability to relate to young people, engage them in conversation, and provide support and encouragement.
- Compassionate, patient, and empathetic.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to troubleshoot, advocate, and navigate obstacles where there is not always a clear-cut pathway.
- Strong time-management, organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Ability to use motivational interviewing techniques and trauma-informed techniques.
- Capability to facilitate therapeutic peer groups.