Street Outreach AmeriCorps

Employment Type

: Full-Time

Industry

: Miscellaneous



LifeWorks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to being fearless advocates for youth and families seeking their path to self-sufficiency. We are committed to innovative problem solving, shared accountability, and a relentless focus on achieving real, sustainable, and measurable results for the clients we serve. Every member of our staff serves a meaningful purpose linked to our client's experience. Careers at LifeWorks offer opportunities for personal and professional growth and development while making an immediate difference in the lives of youth and families in our community.

LifeWorks Street Outreach is looking for a full-time AmeriCorps to serve youth and young adults up to age 26 who are currently or at risk of experiencing homelessness. By conducting targeted outreach to youth hotspots and to those youth prioritized for housing, the Street Outreach team is able to build rapport by providing basic needs (socks, food, etc.) and connecting youth to LifeWorks and other community resources. As an AmeriCorps, you will get frontline experience in the community during outreach, build engaging relationships by staffing our Youth Resource Center and weekly meals, as well as get one-on-one time with clients by providing case management aide and individualized services (like getting an ID, birth certificate, etc.). Furthermore, this position requires a lot of data tracking and entry.

The ideal candidate will be patient, personable, tech-savvy, and work well on a small team. This position also holds an extra emphasis on de-escalation techniques and self-care due to the sometimes crisis-heavy nature of this work. Most days will range between the hours of 9am-6pm on Mon-Fri at LifeWorks in East Austin. There will also be occasional overnights for Cold Weather Shelters in the winter. The term served will be from September 1, 2020 - July 30, 2021.

This position is supervised by a former KAH Street Outreach AmeriCorps and has had a consistent history of retaining Street Outreach AmeriCorps as staff, who are then around to help support new AmeriCorps.

The Americorps Case Management Aide will:

  • Be a leader in the Youth Resource Center, building rapport with clients, providing basic needs (food, hygiene, clothes, etc.), and connecting clients to other LifeWorks and community programs.
  • Work one-on-one with clients on their goals to support those who do not have a case manager and lead a weekly goal planning group.
  • Join the Outreach Specialists on outreach (when possible).
  • Be a voice at housing meetings to give or receive client updates.
  • Complete data tracking and entry.

AmeriCorps Benefits

  • Living allowance of $16,000 & education award (upon successful completion of term of service) of $6000+SNAP eligible, health insurance, student loan forbearance on qualified federal loans, flexible vacation and sick leave
  • Student loan forbearance on qualified federal loans
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • Lifelong friendships, connections, and impacts

Must have Texas DL at start of position and pass a comprehensive background check including DPS, DFPS, and FBI Fingerprinting screening.

AmeriCorps is a national service initiative to help others and meet critical needs in the community. For more information about AmeriCorps, visit: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-state-and-national


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