Updated: Nov 3

Choices for Youth Inc. (CFY) is a professional services, 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 their families break cycles of poverty and homelessness and transition to healthy, stable, and independent lives. Upstream Canada (NL) at Choices for Youth is recruiting three (3) full-time Youth & Family Worker positions.

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 with 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.

Roles and Responsibilities

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

  • 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 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 projects 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

Qualifications and Experience

  • 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 supports 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.

  • Ability to speak a second language is an assets

  • 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.

  • Satisfactory record of Conduct and Vulnerable Sector Check, ASIST training, and current First Aid/CPR are required.

Work Hours

The position will work 35 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 42,619 - 47,008 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.

Reference ID: YFW1020

Application Deadline: Will remain posted until filled

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume with YFW1020 in the subject line explaining how you meet the criteria. Email applications to:

Lucas Geary, Senior Human Resources Specialist


Dave Banfield, Upstream Project Coordinator

or fax (709) 726-3125

Choices for Youth appreciates all applications; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 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. To view all current job postings, please visit

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261 Duckworth Street

St. John's, NL A1C 1G9


P: 709.754.0446

F: 709.726.3125

Choices for Youth

Registered Charity

130889942 RR0001

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