The Youth Shelter Leader cares for and supervises youth in our 24/7 youth shelter by performing essential duties and responsibilities for further the youth’s progress towards housing stability and case management goals.
The Shelter Direct Care position cares for and supports youth, ages 13-17, who are housed in our overnight licensed shelter. Essential duties and responsibilities include planning and leading recreational activities; handle crisis phone calls; help prepare meals; provide mentorship; assist in academic support and accountability for schooling; ensure a safe environment for fellow employees and residents; attend staff and youth shelter meetings; enforce shelter behavioral expectations; encourage youth to accomplish case management goals which may include mental health, schooling, obtaining ID, employment, life goals, etc.
The Coffee Oasis began in 1997 in Kitsap County and recently expanded to Pierce County in 2019. The Coffee Oasis is a non-profit organization that exists to create pathways of opportunity for youth to be restored in heart, soul, mind, and body. We believe youth are the future of our community, but many are hurting, homeless, and hindered from living their full potential. The Coffee Oasis youth programs offer a place for the community to invest in their future—the youth. We do this through creating safe shared spaces, mentorship, street and school outreach, goal setting, job training, shelter, and crisis intervention. The only way for our mission to succeed is through the support of the entire community—intentional inter-generational and cross-cultural investment. We accomplish this mission through sustainable and successful coffee businesses. The cafés offer a “third place” for the community to gather and buy products with the added value of all profits returning to create opportunities for youth.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
- Access to an emergency fund to address financial emergencies that may affect completion of
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
- Pass a DCYF background check for working with minors.
- Have completed or willing to get a tuberculin test.
- Have or be willing to complete HIV/AIDS/Bloodborne pathogen training.
- Have or be willing to complete first aid and CPR training.
- Represent the diversity of clients being served through personal characteristics and/or lived experience. We highly value lived experience and mentorship. We are looking for individuals you can speak from experience to mentor the youth we serve.
- 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
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check
17 - 25