Youth Learning Center Advocate – Orlando Union Rescue Mission

Youth Learning Center Advocate

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To express interest in this position, contact Dwainn Arnett.

Division: Family Life Center
Department: Youth Learning Center (YLC)
Reports To: FLC Director/President
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt


The Youth Learning Center Youth Advocate supervises, instructs, guides, mentors, and tutors children ages 5 through 17, within a safe, nurturing, Christ-Centered and strength-based environment; with the goal of preparing youth to understand the concept of self-sufficiency in adulthood from a biblical perspective. They will also work closely with the Biblical Case Managers (BCM) and the parents in achieving these goals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensures youth safety.
  • Using guidance and role-modeling provides mentoring and clear instruction, to promote youth self-regulation and social competency.
  • Applies Biblical instruction and counseling whenever possible.
  • Provides academic tutoring.
  • Notes and records youth activity.
  • When appropriate and under supervision directed by the FLC Director, reports behavior issues to the parents and the BCM’s.
  • Identifies, develops or applies organized activity schedule and related curriculum provided by the FLC Director.
  • Partners with other Youth Advocates, when instructed and where appropriate, to engage and supervise youth.
  • Cleans the YLC area to Mission standards.
  • Distributes snacks/meals.
  • Ensures that a child’s/youth’s negative behavioral issues are immediately addressed (as dictated by policy) with appropriate follow up documentation forwarded to appropriate parties.
  • Ensures a child’s/youth’s positive behavioral issues are immediately addressed, with appropriate follow up documentation forwarded to the appropriate parties.
  • Works with volunteers under the direction of the FLC Director and Volunteer Department.
  • Strong emphasis in mentoring/tutoring children with homework assignments.
  • Love on each and every child/youth they come in contact with each day.
  • Other duties as directed.

Job Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or equivalency. (Associate Degree in social service related field preferred).
  • Must have attended, or be willing to attend upon hire, and receive certification from the 4C, Dept. of Children and Families.
  • Ability to read and apply OURM information such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions.
  • Ability to identify youth strengths and to focus on those strengths within interaction boundaries.
  • Ability to write resident notes and correspond through e-mail and written notes to the FLC Director, Case Management and/or OURM Leadership.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups such as residents, volunteers, co-workers, donors, and external organizations.
  • Understanding of biblical instruction and the ability to apply it.
  • Ability to identify and organize age appropriate youth activities.
  • Ability to forecast and prevent potential problems within the youth.
  • Ability to mediate problems and offer solutions to address youth problems.
  • Ability to team with co-workers.
  • Ability to understand and apply supervisory instruction and guidance.
  • Awareness, understanding and practice of cultural diversity.
  • Understanding of youth and adolescent development.
  • Ability to learn to speak effectively with and coach parents about biblically- based parenting.
  • Willingness to learn and grow within the boundaries of the job description.
  • Ability to follow HIPPA rules and regulations.
  • Ability to operate machinery and various athletic equipment per manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Must adhere to OURM Policies/Procedures and Doctrinal Statement as outlined.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and see (close, distant and acute peripheral vision), taste, smell, talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, grasp, climb, run, and balance in an indoor-outdoor, noisy environment. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.