LifeWorks Austin
  • Street Outreach
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Other

LifeWorks' Street Outreach team is looking for a full-time AmeriCorps to serve youth and young adults 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.).

Keep Austin Housed (KAH), a project of Front Steps, affects positive change in the lives of children, youth, and adults who are at risk of experiencing or currently experiencing homelessness. KAH places 35 full-time AmeriCorps members in 11 nonprofits across Austin to address the issues of homelessness and contribute to a community that is healthy, educated, safe, and self-sustaining. The current AmeriCorps term lasts from October or November of 2018 to July of 2019.

The ideal candidate will thrive on extreme flexibility, organization, data-entry, and rapport-building while working with a small, close team. This position also holds an extra emphasis on self-care due to the sometimes crisis-heavy nature of this work. Most days will range between the hours or 9am-6pm (with an occasional late evening) Mon-Fri starting at LifeWorks in East Austin. There will also be occasional overnights for Cold Weather Shelters in the winter.

Duties

  • Aid with existing case management services to address specific barriers clients are experiencing regarding his or her housing, employment, and/or personal stability goals.
  • Educate the community about homelessness as well as recruit, train and coordinate volunteers in supporting client, site, and project needs.
  • Attend regular trainings and participate in community service projects.

Qualifications

  • At least 20 years old
  • Completed at least one year of college coursework
  • Able to pass a national criminal background check before beginning services
  • Work, volunteer, or intern experience with homelessness and/or social services preferred
  • Members must be able to establish and maintain professional boundaries and feel comfortable working with families, children, adolescents, and adults on issues in areas of shelter and housing, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, general health, education, and refugee services.

AmeriCorps Benefits

  • Annual living allowance of $13,732
  • Education award
  • Health insurance
  • Childcare assistance
  • Student loan forbearance on qualified federal loans
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • Lifelong friendships, connections, and impacts

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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