Looking for someone in the Council Bluffs Area that loves teens, transitioning, foster care, advocacy etc….
Iowa Foster Care Youth Council-AMP (Achieving Maximum Potential). Located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Pottawattamie County. Supervised by Children’s Square in Council Bluffs. Part-time position at 10 hours/week some weekends and day activities. Meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 6-8 pm at Children’s Square.
Facilitate a local Foster Care Youth Council that is youth driven and links Youth Council Members with service learning and volunteer opportunities. Develop positive relationships with youth and provide them with guidance to assist them in preparing for a successful transition to life outside of the foster care system.
- Prepares for and facilitates up to two Foster Care Youth Council meetings a month in order to meet project objectives.
- In Council meetings, provides the youth with information and skills for meeting possible needs of education, career assistance, and/or resources that will help them be successful when they “age out of the system.”
- Supports and participates in fund-raising events in order to achieve project goals.
- Helps to prepare youth for speaking engagements.
- Communicates with DHS, social workers, foster parents and other community leaders in order to grow and continues to build the local Foster Care Youth Council.
- Maintains all necessary record-keeping and reporting functions as required by the project including appearances, speaking engagements, attendance sheets, and data collection. Submit in a timely manner to the Statewide Partnership Coordinator. Attend quarterly meetings in Ames, Iowa and any other required training.
- Knowledge about Iowa’s Foster Care System very helpful.
- Knowledgeable of the child welfare and foster care system in Iowa.
- High school diploma or GED required. College degree preferred. Alumni of foster care or alumni of the child welfare system preferred.
- Must provide own transportation and have a valid license, auto insurance and a driving record that allows for coverage by organization’s insurance.
- Must have ability to effectively deal with emergency situations.
- Ability to report data quickly and accurately.
- Experience with computer systems, ability to understand and operate various related software necessary to carry out job functions.
- Ability to read and comprehend varied instructions, correspondence, memos and routine reports. Ability to write routine reports, and correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from supervisors, clients, and the general public.
- Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent.
- Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk and sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, or crouch.
- The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.