Support Worker – Youth Transition Program – Mexico

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Job Description: Support Worker – Youth Transition Program

Location: Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico (on site).

Placement: 40 hours spread over 5 days according to a schedule (full time). The incumbent will be required to work weekends and some evenings. Minimum commitment of 12 months, 18 months is preferred.

Reports to: Director of the Mission Mexico Foundation

Our mission and areas of interest

The Misión México Foundation aims to break the cycles of poverty, abuse and inequality; giving every child and young person in our care the chance to succeed. Through long-term solutions like education, practical and emotional care, and community development, we provide tools and opportunities for children and young people to grow in all aspects of their lives, becoming the best they can be. Our main objectives are; education and extracurricular activities; safe homes with a family environment; health and wellness support; community development, personal development and life skills.

Role Context

Our Youth Transition Program (YTP) is essential to the care and growth of our youth who live in our Mision Mexico Casa and our Youth Transition Houses. As our YTP has expanded to work 1-1 with more of our youngsters, there is a need for more consistency and long-term assistance in our support team.

Our YTP was established in 2014 to enable older youth at Misión México House to begin their transition to semi-independent living and to develop the life skills necessary to eventually live independently. Our YTP works with youth living in our Mision Mexico Casa, ages 14-19, and youth living in our off-site youth transition houses, ages 18-21. The Support Worker works closely with other staff to support a complex caseload of young people living in our Misión Mexico Casa, ages 14-19.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provision of direct and pastoral services

  • Coordinate and facilitate weekly focus group sessions and activities for young people living in our Misión México Casa.
  • Coordinate and lead weekly group cooking and budgeting classes for youth 14+ living in our Misión Mexico Casa, including purchasing ingredients from a local supermarket.
  • Manage individual care plans and development support for youth 14+ living in our Misión Mexico Casa. This includes 1-1 focus work with each youngster under the support worker workload.
  • Supervise Youth Transition Houses when the Youth Transition Program Coordinator is on annual leave.
  • Work at least one shift per week in the Mison Mexico Casa to assist in the supervision and activities of the youth of the Mision Mexico Casa between the ages of 11 and 18.
  • Respond appropriately and effectively to everyday situations, including challenging trauma-related behaviors.
  • Consistently be a positive role model within the Misión Mexico Foundation, while maintaining the privacy and safety of all our youth.

Administration and project management

  • Undertake and carry out administrative tasks and projects as requested by the director of the Mission Mexico Foundation.
  • Meet regularly with the YTP support team to discuss program progress and youth development.
  • Establish and manage local partnerships with organizations and individuals who can assist in the delivery of workshops and life skills training.
  • Manage and update individual care plans and youth records under support worker workload, providing monthly updates and quarterly reports to the Mexico Mission Director.

Essential criteria

  • Experience working with youth with a history of trauma and/or disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Proven ability to engage positively with youth, while maintaining a high standard of pastoral care and understanding of boundary setting
  • Strong conflict resolution, negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Ability to demonstrate patience, consistency, empathy, flexibility, humor, honesty and maturity
  • Proven ability to work in a team and demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Pass verification of working with children and undergo a criminal record check before hiring. Thereafter, staff should report any criminal charges or court appearances.
  • A minimum of conversational Spanish and conversational English, fluent Spanish is preferred
  • Experience with basic cooking skills and nutrition knowledge
  • Experience in facilitating youth-friendly activities, sports and group work

Desirable criteria

  • Full driver’s license, with willingness to drive in Mexico if required

Additional

The support worker will live in a private 2-bedroom apartment, with another Mision Mexico Foundation staff member. In addition to secure housing, the Mision Mexico Foundation will also provide a monthly local salary, monthly health and wellness vouchers, crisis support through a professional therapist, workshops and group trainings. /personal, flexibility and the ability to engage with your own personality.

Upon hiring the role, there will be a 6-week probationary period during which the director of the Mision Mexico Foundation and the successful candidate will review the position and the future of the role. Annual leave and working hours will be negotiated with the director of the Mexico Mission Foundation. This job description is not exhaustive and is provided to help the job holder know their duties. It may be modified from time to time, without modifying the levels of responsibility and in consultation with the job holder.

This role is for a December 1 start date. To apply for this exciting opportunity, please email [email protected] with:

1. A cover letter outlining the selection criteria and your suitability for the position based on the required skills, knowledge and abilities described in the job advertisement and description (maximum 2 pages);

2. A current resume or CV;

3. Copies of all relevant qualifications

How to register

This role is for a December 1 start date. To apply for this exciting opportunity, please email [email protected] with:

1. A cover letter outlining the selection criteria and your suitability for the position based on the required skills, knowledge and abilities described in the job advertisement and description (maximum 2 pages);

2. A current resume or CV;

3. Copies of all relevant qualifications

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