Youth Transition Program Coordinator
Our Youth Transition Programme (YTP) was established in 2014 to enable older youth within Misión México to begin their transition to semi-independent living, and build the skills required to live independently. Misión México has procured two off-site Youth Transition Houses for our young adults to live with onsite coordinators, whilst being supported to finish higher education or pursue other career goals.
The YTP Coordinator works closely with our youth living at Misión Mexico (aged 13 years +) and our young adults living in the Youth Transition Houses (aged 16 years +) who require intense support to develop independent living and life skills. Our YTP Coordinators are expected to be both a role model and a source of authority to our youth and young adults.
Duties and Responsibilities
Direct Service Delivery and Pastoral Care
- Oversee the day-to-day running of the transition house including scheduling regular house meetings, demonstrating and encouraging good housekeeping skills, providing ongoing support and direction to ensure stability and harmony, responding appropriately and effectively to day-to-day living situations including trauma-related behaviours.
- Assist and encourage young people to develop and practice their independent living skills.
- Help the young people with any social presentation needs such as clothing and self-care needs.
- Develop strategies to help the young person identify and manage their emotions and behaviour.
- Develop opportunities for the young people to experience a wide range of activities, people and circumstances in an enjoyable, non-threatening manner so they may learn to relate positively in social situations.
- Consistently be a positive role model to the young people of Misión Mexico.
- Coordinate and facilitate weekly focus group sessions and activities for youth aged 13 years + living in the main Misión México home, facilitating the delivery of a life skills and wellbeing curriculum.
- Coordinate and facilitate regularly cooking and budgeting classes for youth aged 15 years+ living in the main Misión Mexico home, including shopping for ingredients at a local supermarket.
- Assist in providing 1-2-1 development support to specific young people living in the main Misión Mexico home.
- Assist in managing and supervising the young peoples medical appointments or offsite excursions.
- Work alongside the House Caregiver and Education Coordinator to ensure that the educational needs of the young adults are met, including monitoring results, assisting with transitions into higher education and managing involvement in any co-curricular activities.
Administration and Project Management
- Develop appropriate individual action plans in conjunction with the youth and young adults
- Provide risk assessments for individuals and the household
- Complete assessments and introductions of youth and young adults into the program
- Contribute to the development and updating of a wellbeing and life skills curriculum
- Regularly meet with the Youth Transition Program Manager and/or House Caregiver to discuss program and youth progress
- Contribute to the quarterly program report and any promotional material as required
- Work alongside the Youth Transition Program Manager, to manage aspects of the transition house budget and expenses
- Preform others duties as discussed and agreed upon with the Youth Transition Program Manager and the House Caregiver
- Extensive knowledge and experience working with children or young people from backgrounds of trauma and/or disadvantaged backgrounds
- Proven ability to engage positively with children and young adults, whilst maintaining a high level of pastoral care and understanding of boundary setting
- Experience in facilitation and group work skills
- Ability to be an enabler, not a provider
- Strong conflict resolution, negotiation and problem solving skills
- Ability to demonstrate patience, consistency, empathy, flexibility, initiative, humour, honesty and maturity
- Proven ability to work as part of a team and show leadership qualities
- Valid 'Working with Children Check’ and undergo a Criminal Records Check prior to employment. Subsequently, staff must report any criminal charges or court appearances.
- A minimum of both conversational Spanish and conversational English
- A relevant Tertiary qualification and/or minimum 1 years’ experience in the fields of Social Services, Human Service, or Education (paid or voluntary roles)
- Demonstrated ability to flexibly manage competing priorities and stressful situations as well as monitoring own stress levels and practicing self-care strategies
- Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, continual improvement, risk management and occupational health and safety
- Experience in basic cooking and nutrition skills
- Experience working in a community/residential background
- A minimum of 4 weeks experience volunteering at Misión Mexico
- Full driving license, with willingness to drive in Mexico if required
On engagement of role there will be a 6-week probationary period at which time the Youth Transition Program Manager and successful applicant will review position and future of the role.
Annual leave and working hours will be negotiated with the Youth Transition Program Manager.
This job description is not exhaustive, and is provided to assist the post holder to know what her/his duties are. It may be amended from time to time, without change to the levels of responsibility and in discussion with the post holder
If you are interested in apply for this exciting opportunity, please include the following in your application:
- A covering letter addressing the selection criteria and your suitability for the role based on the skills, knowledge and abilities requirements outlined in the advertisement and role description (Maximum of 2 pages);
- A current CV or Resume;
- Copies of all relevant qualifications
The contact details of two professional referees, including your most recent line manager/s.
About Mision Mexico
Centro, Tapachula, Chiapas 30709, MX
Our mission: To provide refuge and hope to orphaned, abandoned, abused and disadvantaged children by giving them a home, family, love, education and opportunities for advancement in all areas of their lives. Our vision: Through a loving, caring, family environment where we focus on education, the children in our care will have the opportunities to grow and reach their full potential.
Mision Mexico is a children’s refuge providing love, life and hope to 20 children and teenagers in our home in southern Mexico.
The children - aged between 5 and 17 years old - come to us from backgrounds of poverty, neglect and abuse. We aim to provide them with a loving home where they are considered one of the family, along with emotional support and educational advancement.
Since it was established in 2001, Misión México has helped transform the lives of more than 250 children, giving them a much deserved second chance at life. All are regaining a sense of confidence and self respect having found Misión México.
The refuge resembles a family home rather than an institution, where the children feel loved and secure. The children attend school, something most of them had not experienced before. They also have access to tutors who help with their studies as many of the children find it hard to learn due to their abuse or never having been to school.
We also provide a Youth Transition Program, which prepares our teenagers and young adults for life outside the refuge.
We have a small, dedicated staff but are also dependent on the wonderful volunteers who come us from all over the world to share their skills and love with the children here.