Youth Opportunity Center
  • - CSEC
  • New Castle, IN, USA
  • $13
  • Hourly
  • Full Time
  • See the following link for benefit information -

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Non-exempt
Division: Support Services
Reports To: Independent Living Coordinator
Minimum Age: 22

More than a beautiful 75 acre campus, and beyond an accredited program or diplomas on office walls, the YOC is about people helping people. Not just in small ways, but in life changing ways. Since the early 90s, the YOC has provided a safe place for troubled children and families. Now, almost two decades later, hundreds of individuals have been helped by the hundreds of YOC staff members who dedicate themselves each day to making a difference in a child's life. How does this happen? At the YOC, everyone brings their talents and gifts to the table, whether it's a winning smile, broad shoulders, strong backbone, helping hands or a heart for kids. We all know and believe in the mission of the YOC. And everyone has personally accepted the challenge to help those who are in crisis situations get back on their feet. A difficult task, but it can be accomplished together. Because if we can help save a child, then why couldn't that child save the family, the neighborhood, the community, the world

The Independent Living Educator is responsible for working directly with staff and clients to ensure youth are receiving quality, individualized IL services as outlined by DCS Independent Living standards. The IL Educator in responsible for planning in-program activities, workshops, and community experiences that will provide each eligible client the opportunity to meet their independent living goals. In addition, the IL Educator will have frequent contact with direct service staff and conduct monthly meetings with programs to provide feedback regarding progress and assist in goal setting for improvement when needed.


1. Planning & Implementation
• Plans and implements individual and group IL activities
• Provides staff with necessary resources to meet the Independent Living needs of clients
• Provides individual assistance to clients in the areas of securing employment, legal establishment and post-secondary attainment/exploration

2. Assess & Equip
• Assesses resident needs and plans services accordingly
• Ensures YOC's IL program meets all standards set and assists in implementing changes when necessary
• Equips staff with easily accessible IL activities and necessary resources/information
• Models appropriate implementation of Independent Living Services and provides training as needed
• Assist the IL Coordinator in event planning

3. Maintain & Observe
• Maintains a presence in assigned programs
• Develops and maintains a working knowledge of DCS Independent Living standards
• Observes IL activities in assigned programs, monitors effectiveness, and provides feedback

Bachelor's degree from an accredited university with experience in the social work or health care field

Must be able to demonstrate awareness of the cultural and socioeconomic differences of our clients as well as value a nurturing family as the ideal environment; a commitment to empowering others to solve their own problems and a conviction about the capacity of people to grow and change; the ability to establish a respectful relationship with persons served to help them gain skills and confidence by maintaining a helping role and appropriately intervening to meet service goals; the ability to set appropriate limits.

• Excellent time management skills and the ability to support multiple work assignments simultaneously
• Strong computer application skills
• Ability take initiative and work independently to accomplish goals
• Must be adaptable in dealing with a variety of people and situations
• Must have the ability to professionally represent YOC to community agencies and individuals
• Able to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner
• Must be able to prioritize and plan work to maximize efficiency


Typical work week is Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm. Position requires additional hours when necessary to complete special projects or meet specific deadlines. The Independent Living Educator will have regular contact with the YOC program, clinical staff members, member of office administration, and YOC direct care staff members. Direct contact with state agencies, community organizations and individuals, and placing agencies by phone and in person is a function of this position. Courtesy and professionalism are expected at all times.

This position is full-time and compensation includes a competitive hourly rate and benefits plan.

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