Job Posting: Youth and Family Worker - Upstream

Updated: 5 days ago

Choices for Youth Inc. (CFY) is a professional service, youth-focused, non-profit, charitable organization that creates spaces and conversations and operates programs and social enterprises to help vulnerable youth secure stable housing, employment, and education while improving health and family stability. With a focus on prevention, intervention, and support, we help youth and young families break cycles of poverty and homelessness and transition to healthy, stable, and independent lives. Upstream Canada (NL) at Choices for Youth is recruiting one (1) full-time Youth & Family Worker position.

Upstream Canada (NL) supports communities in a prevention-focused approach to addressing youth homelessness through school-based early intervention. As an innovative initiative originating in Australia (Geelong), Upstream Canada (NL) works to prevent and eliminate youth homelessness through the coordinated efforts of schools and communities, by identifying young people at risk of homelessness and providing them and their families with a suite of supports.

Upstream Canada’s (NL) Early Intervention Platform is a place-based community of schools and youth services’ model for Early Intervention for young people at risk of disengaging from school and future youth homelessness.

The Youth and Family Worker (Upstream) will work in collaboration with the Program Coordinator and Team Lead to provide direct support to youth and families who face barriers in school and home. The Youth & Family Worker will assist young people and their families with attaining the skills needed for maintaining school engagement and safe, stable housing.


  • Ability to work with vulnerable youth and families from a client-centered, trauma-informed, harm reduction, and strengths-based approach.

  • Engage with individual youth from a family-centered approach.

  • Respect and work within the cultural context of the family.

  • Facilitate support meetings involving youth, families, school staff, and community partners.

  • Provide families with the necessary tools, education, and skills for effective relationship building.

  • Provide support and interventions in the family home, at school, or in the community as necessary.

  • Advocate and liaise with government programs, community services, and agencies on behalf of youth and their families.

  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries with clients.

  • Collect related program statistics and data in an efficient manner.

  • Ensure documentation of relevant client information that is in accordance with CFY’s policy on the security and maintenance of client information

  • Ability to work both as part of a team as well as independently while achieving the overall goals of the program.

  • Support the coordination and implementation of the project's screening tool across participating schools.

  • Provide intake and assessment for the project within the school setting

  • Maintain regular communication and consultation with the Upstream team regarding the needs and interventions of individuals and families.


  • Degree or diploma in Social Work, Psychology, or other related Human Services field

  • Minimum 3-years experience working with youth and families

  • Knowledge of community resources and support for youth and families

  • In-depth knowledge of and experience in such areas as vulnerable youth, housing/homelessness, mental health and substance use, trauma, conflict resolution, and crisis intervention.

  • In-depth knowledge of local community resources and the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with agencies and systems.

  • The ability to speak a second language is an asset.

  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse cultures, multicultural populations, newcomers, immigrants, new Canadians, and/or marginalized groups.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Use of own vehicle is required.

  • A satisfactory record of Conduct and Vulnerable Sector Check, ASIST training, and current First Aid/CPR is required.


The position will work 37.5 hours per week and flexibility in work hours will be required including evening and weekend work to accommodate family and youth schedules.


The salary for this position is $ 45,669.00 - $ 50,368.50 annually. Choices for Youth offers a competitive compensation package, including a health and dental program, employer-matched RRSP, and four weeks’ vacation to qualifying employees.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume with YFW-05-2022 in the subject line explaining how you meet the criteria. Email applications to:

Human Resources

Recruitment Lead,

Melissa Power, Upstream Project Coordinator

Reference ID: YFW-05-2022

Application Deadline: May 5, 2022

Choices for Youth appreciates all applications; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information about Choices for Youth, please visit

Equity in employment is essential to a just society. Choices for Youth enthusiastically welcomes applications from all qualified people, including racialized people, people of all sexual orientations, women and trans* people, Aboriginal and First People, those with disabilities, mental illness, and from all social strata.