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Youth Advocate (PT)

Seeking a motivated, compassionate professional for our LISA- WISH Program located in Plainville, CT. Youth Advocates are responsible for working directly and collaboratively with residents to help them develop daily living skills, work through problems and issues, navigate daily living/personal challenges, and coordinate and/or provide transportation when needed. Sign on stipend of $500

Schedule: Wed/Th/Fri/Sun 6p-10p, Saturday 6pm- 12a

Community Solutions Inc. (CSI) is a nonprofit organization that promotes the responsible citizenship, accountability, and well-being of individuals and families involved, or at risk of involvement, in the child welfare, juvenile justice, or criminal justice system. Since CSIs founding in 1962, it has been a pioneer in the community-based service. We have been delivering supervision, treatment, and comprehensive individualized services to help clients interact more effectively in their communities and become productive citizens. Using this plan we built the first ever halfway house in New England which has now been replicated and grown to almost 50 programs in multiple states. For over 50 years, CSI has been building upon its successful foundations and has been expanding its services to serve thousands of adults, youth, and families each year.


  • Support the facilitation of goals on the individual service plans and work closely with all members of the staff team, support the Case Coordinators, and receive direction from Supervisors to ensure a safe, effective program
  • Ensures that the tenets and philosophy of a strengths based, gender responsive, relational, trauma informed program are reinforced;
  • Provide overall administrative support and carry out all office management functions.
  • Works closely with each resident to support their individual growth and development, ensuring that daily living skills are taught;
  • Collaborates with the Case Coordinators to ensure that each residents individual goals are attended to, particularly daily living skill areas;
  • Consistently encourages and motivates residents, regularly catching them doing it right;
  • Reframes and/or redirects residents who are frustrated or struggling in some way;
  • Consistently applies approaches outlined in the TIER System to encourage pro-social, healthy behavior;
  • Appropriately holds residents accountable for unhealthy, unsafe behavior;
  • Provides positive role modeling for residents at all times, including dress, managing personal emotions, behavior, etc.;
  • Youth Advocates will provide direct care and oversight of residents on-site and during trips, outings and activities
  • Completes logs, reports, and data entry as required/requested;
  • Implements and provides proper documentation for the programs behavior motivation system (TIER);
  • Contributes to the development of a monthly recreational calendar, participates in activities as appropriate;
  • Maintains the confidentiality of the residents and their families according to the agency's policy;
  • Ensures that residents nutritional requirements are met, in collaboration with the Agency Nurse and Supervisor;
  • Coordinates volunteer service projects with other LISA Inc. staff;
  • Participates in all meetings as required;
  • Transports and supervises residents;
  • Administers medication under the direction of the Agency Nurse;
  • May be mandated to work additional shifts should coverage not be available;
  • Perform additional, related tasks as assigned by the Program Director.


  • Bachelors degree, or an
  • Associates degree plus 2 years experience working with youth.
  • Experience may be substituted for education.
  • Must be willing to learn and implement strengths based, relational, trauma-informed, gender responsive and culturally competent approaches.
  • Knowledge of Spanish in oral and written communication is desired.
  • Additional certifications may be required upon incumbency.
  • Must have experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Windows, and Outlook.

Competencies required:

  • Prior experience working with adolescents in a residential setting
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to effectively multi-task and prioritize
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Enthusiasm and passion for working with young people
  • Reliable, conscientious, and attentive to details
  • Goal-oriented
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Respect for varying cultures and diverse ethnicities
  • Openness to new ideas, theories and/or methods
  • Desire to learn and develop professionally
  • Ability to remain temperate and judicious in the midst of a crisis
  • Willing and able to learn and apply new skills


CSI offers great benefits which include:

  • 401(k) Retirement savings plan with automatic enrollment and a company match of 100% up to 4% of your contribution.
  • Ongoing training.

CSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Salary Range
$31,000.00 - 44,000.00
per Year
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Plainville, CT 06062, US