The Youth Advocate position requires an organized, responsible, compassionate person to work in a data-driven social intervention program that provides mentorship and hands-on learning for youth living in medium to high-risk environments and who interact with Pierce County Juvenile Court. The Youth Advocacy Team Partner position is a fundamentally important role at TBB. Youth Advocates work directly with youth and adult volunteers to support the development of strong, positive relationships. Most importantly, Youth Advocacy Team Partners function in cooperation with TBB program staff to support, coach, and advocate with and for youth in our programs so that they are better able to envision and create positive interactions with others in their lives.
The successful candidate will be responsible for a variety of tasks in the day-to-day running of TBB youth programs including, but not limited to: Communication with youth, families, and additional stakeholders, program related data entry and information management, and serving as a representative of TBB with partner organizations and members of the community.
The successful candidate must be able to; interface with youth participants and volunteer mentor-craftspeople, serve alongside TBB staff, to help document the program sessions, support intake processing; support youth and mentors as they collaborate, support progress/outcomes for each youth, help with identifying and supporting appropriate referrals for outside services when needed, communicate with Pierce County Juvenile Court staff as needed, and maintain databases and reports on participants.
Tacoma Boat Builders (TBB) began as a collaborative effort in restorative justice and juvenile justice system reform in 2014 and has served more than 600 young people to date. Since then, TBB has expanded program offerings to include a wider array of youth and families in our community. Programs takes place in a fully equipped, 4,300-sq.ft. woodworking shop on the traditional lands of the Puyallup Tribe and Coast Salish Nations. While TBB’s core programs serve court-involved young people, we also run programs for a wider array of youth and families who experience, or have experienced marginalization and barriers to supportive, inclusive, experiential educational opportunities.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
-Access to a supportive learning environment where elder craftspeople, retired professionals from many fields, and a talented team of youth workers come together to support each other in a collaborative learning environment.
-Access to all professional development and youth development opportunities available to TBB staff.
-Upon successful completion of safety sign-off, access to the tools, equipment, and materials available in our shop.
-Upon successful completion of safety sign-off, access to the various watercraft owned and maintained by TBB.
-Mileage reimbursement, use of facilities/services offered by TBB.
High School Graduate
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
- High School Diploma or equivalent upon start of service term, OR agree to obtain diploma or equivalent prior to using Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
- US Citizen or permanent resident
- Commitment to building skills and knowledge related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Ability to travel to service site(s) as well as other training or activity locations across Pierce County
- Willingness to try new things, tap into curiosity and creativity, ask questions, and learn by doing.
- No previous experience with boats, woodworking, or craftsmanship is required, but is entirely welcome.
- Represent the diversity of clients being served through personal characteristics and/or lived experience
- Previous experience working with youth or young adults
- Familiarity with the Pierce County community
- Skills and/or knowledge related to youth development, trauma-informed care, or diversity, equity and inclusion
- High level of organizational skill and attention to detail
- Strong ability to work with Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel, Google Suite, and demonstrated willingness and ability to learn additional software tools
- Will and ability to take initiative and see work through to completion
- Will and ability to work effectively independently and as a part of a team
Tacoma Boat Builders requires all individuals to undergo a background check conducted by the Pierce County Juvenile Court. Individuals who do not pass this check are ineligible for service in this position.
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check
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