Ground Floor Youth Advocate


NWYS is seeking a part-time Ground Floor Youth Advocate for it’s day-use drop in center.

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Northwest Youth Services is excited to announce that we are seeking applicants for our part-time, Ground Floor Youth Advocate position!

Come join our team of dedicated professionals, who are committed to meeting youth where they are, with open minds and hearts.

About Northwest Youth Services:
Northwest Youth Services is the only non-profit organization dedicated to serving young people ages 13-24 experiencing or at-risk of homelessness in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. We support youth in identifying goals and building the skills necessary to reach their own sense of stability. Northwest Youth Services offers housing, street outreach, help finding a job or enrolling in school, connection to mental health services, support for LGBTQ youth, restorative justice for juvenile offenders, and referrals to other services in the community.

Annually, we serve more than 1,250 youth between the ages of 13-24. What sets us apart is how we do what we do. At the core of our work is heart and relationships. Known for our strengths-based and trauma-informed approach, including a commitment to harm reduction, we meet youth where they are, with open minds and open hearts. As much an advocate for social justice as a direct service provider, we have a strong track record of serving LGBTQ youth and youth of color. Rather than dictate what youth should or must do to access services and remain in our programs, we offer options and a safety net to support them in achieving their own goals. We want what’s best for each individual and see the best in them.

Our Mission, Values, and Vision:
Mission: At Northwest Youth Services, we affirm youth experience and autonomy, as we work together to foster collective healing and justice, in order to dismantle the systems of oppression that perpetuate youth homelessness.
Core Values:
Community – We promote interdependence and recognize that everybody needs a community to thrive. We know that we are stronger together.
Justice & Liberation – We believe that it is critical to acknowledge, name, and actively work to dismantle the historic systems and societal structures that fuel crisis and poverty.
Humanity – We work with respect and compassion for each other and believe that everyone deserves to belong: to be safe, heard, and valued.
Accountability – We believe that no one is done learning; as a community we hold each other to a high standard, and work to educate, grow and heal together.
Vision: Guided by our core values and commitment to becoming an Anti-Racist organization, Northwest Youth Services envisions a community in which all young people are seen as catalysts in creating a just and liberated society that supports each of our unique journeys through life.

Job Mission:
The Ground Floor Youth Advocates contribute to NWYS’ success by engaging at-risk, runaway, and homeless youth to help them stay safer and gain access to services in order to become self-sufficient. This position uses a Harm Reduction, Positive Youth Development and Whole Person Care approach to link youth with necessary resources to reach their goals.

The Ground Floor Youth Advocate collaborates with other staff and volunteers to build sustainable long-term relationships with youth in Northwest Youth Services’ day-use drop-in space.

For more detailed information about this position, please visit our website at

Minimum Qualifications:
o High school diploma or GED;
o One year of experience working directly with youth ages 11-24. Two years of social services education may be substituted for the required experience;
o Must be 21 years of age or older; and
o Must pass background checks.

Required within 30 days of employment:
o CPR/First Aid/Blood borne pathogens certifications required;
o Food Handler’s Card;
o Must have a negative TB test; and
o Full understanding of the CPS reporting requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:
o Bachelor’s degree in Human Services, Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or other related field;
o Demonstrated experience working with young people in crisis;
o Demonstrated experience working with people experiencing homelessness;
o Demonstrated experience working in the housing field;
o Spanish, Russian, or ASL speakers preferred; and
o Previous training in Positive Youth Development, CSEC, Domestic Violence, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction and/ or Trauma Informed Care.

o Starting Wage Range: $15.96 – $17.79 per hour;
o Earn PTO based on hours worked;
o Simple IRA retirement plan with match up to 3% of employee contributions, per pay period, after first year of employment;
o This position is located in beautiful Whatcom County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest.

Women, people of color, transgender individuals and members of other underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions: A cover letter and resume are preferred when applying for this position. Please address your experience related to the position and list how you meet the required minimum and preferred qualifications. For more information about Northwest Youth Services please visit our website at

Northwest Youth Services is an Equal Opportunity employer. Employment is based upon individual qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, veteran status, disabilities, political ideology, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Alumni of foster care and those who have experienced youth homelessness are encouraged to apply.

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