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Youth Outreach Worker, YMCA


(Fulltime/Contract)

The Youth Gambling Project is a new 4-year initiative of the YMCA of Greater Toronto, in collaboration with certain other YMCAs across Ontario. The project will consist of education and prevention strategies designed to reduce the harm associated with youth gambling.



The Youth Outreach Worker is the front line service delivery position within the Youth Problem Gambling Project. With the support of the local YMCA, the Youth Outreach Worker will deliver awareness and education sessions on gambling in a wide variety of settings, will implement techniques for screening of gambling problems and will assist young people with problems using brief intervention and referral strategies.



Reports to Project Coordinator, Youth Gambling Project

Several locations: Toronto, Sault St Marie, Barrie, St Catharines, Ottawa, London, Sarnia

Start date: February 2001



MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

* Deliver school-based and community awareness sessions about gambling and problem gambling

* Deliver presentations to schools, companies that hire youth, and sports organizations

* Deliver educational workshops for teachers, health professionals and other agencies/organizations working with youth

* Work with other organizations in the scheduling, promoting and implementing the above activities

* Remain alert to trends in gambling and report these to the Project

Coordinator

* Engage in brief interventions designed to ensure that a youth with problems gets connected to a service provider that can assist him/her

* Maintain up-to-date knowledge and connections with service providers who can assist youth with their gambling problems

* Maintain accurate records and statistics related to the activities undertaken and outcomes achieved and report these regularly to the coordinator



QUALIFICATIONS

* University degree or college diploma (or equivalent) in Social Sciences, Education or other related field

* Experience in the delivery of public health prevention and awareness

initiatives

* Experience with outreach activities and strategies

* Knowledge of addictions and harm reduction principles

* Experience in working with youth, sensitivity and knowledge in dealing with youth from different cultural and racial backgrounds and youth with special needs

* Understanding of principles of learning for both youth and adults

* Knowledge of gambling issues an asset

* Knowledge of the principles of effective personal counselling and brief solution focused therapy

* Flexibility regarding assigned work hours

* Ability to work in an efficient manner with a high degree of independence

* Experience working in/knowledge of the community resources in one or more pilot sites would be an asset

* Must have use of a car



Please Fax or e-mail resume by Jan 3 2001 to

Victoria Peace

Administrative Program Coordinator

Youth Gambling Project, YMCA

42 Charles St East

Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1T4

Fax: (416) 928 - 3325

E-mail: victoria.peace@ymca.net