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Youth System Navigator

at Home Start

Home Start offers competitive wages and excellent benefits including employer paid medical and life insurance, 401(K) Plan with employer match, and generous vacation, sick and holidays.
Posted: 8/8/2019
Job Status: Full Time

Job Description

Home Start, a leader in providing family strengthening services in San Diego County since 1972, is seeking an experienced Youth System Navigator to provide housing-focused system navigation services to transition aged youth in East County.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Provide in-reach and outreach services for youth.
  • Assess youth for skills, challenges and appropriate services.
  • Screen for prevention or diversion.
  • If appropriate, provide youth prevention or diversion services, including family reunification.
  • Collaborate with youth to create a Housing Stability Plan.
  • Complete Youth Common Assessment when appropriate.
  • Assist youth with collection of all appropriate documents.
  • Evaluate transportation needs and support youth in developing a sustainable plan.
  • Provide clients with referrals as needed for services and activities, including mainstream benefits, education, and employment.
  • Provide clear direct, support and follow-up to all youth.
  • Maintain client files and records.
  • Complete Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data entry.
  • Complete case notes.
  • Attend meetings, trainings, and individual/team supervision as required.

Skill / Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social work, social services, and/or related human services field preferred. Demonstrated experience in low income, homeless, youth services, and/or commensurate experience preferred. Must have knowledge of community resources for youth and/or low income households, Positive Youth Development, and Trauma-Informed Care.  Demonstrated ability to be culturally sensitive and respect diversity. Ability to provide support, structure, empathy, sound judgement, insight into human behavior, and family relations. Skills: Effective communication skills. Must be a team player and be able to work independently. Computer literate as appropriate. Bilingual in Spanish preferred. Other Requirements: Must have a valid California driver’s license, insurance and a reliable vehicle and be willing to use it on the job.