Youth Advocate

$10.50 hourly
  • The Children's Center
  • 90 Selden Street, Detroit, MI, USA
  • Jun 21, 2021
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Current or prior involvement with the mental health, child welfare, special education, and or juvenile justice system is required. Youth must be between the ages of 14-25 to qualify for the position.


  • Use of personal expertise to advocate for Wayne County Connections and provide training to staff and other stakeholders regarding youth involvement, positive youth development, and youth-led programming and participation.
  • Work directly with Youth Advocacy Supervisor to identify and support youth involvement activities and programming. 
  • Participate on the the System of Care Advisory Council which will advise Connections Cross System Transformation team on youth related programming and policies.
  • Participate in activities as requested by the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority and other national stakeholders.
  • Participate in evaluating existing programs for youth.
  • Be able to work flexible hours which will include weekends and evenings.
  • Recruit youth participants through written, phone, and face to face outreach.
  • Help plan and facilitate morale boosting and team building activities.
  • Assist in identifying youth-led activities related to assigned focus area (stigma, advocacy, training).
  • Develop Performance Goals and Expectations with immediate supervisor annually.
  • Support the values of The Children's Center's mission and the commitment to the ongoing safety and family stability.
  • Collaborate and maintain professional standards at all times while conducting agency business.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.



High School Diploma or Equivalent



  • Current or prior involvement with the mental health, child welfare, special education, and or juvenile justice system is required.
  • Knowledge of services and community resources for youth.
  • Have past leadership, work, or volunteer experience.
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from work sites.
  • Must be between the ages of 14-25.
  • Ability to demonstrate basic computer skills related to windows navigation, Microsoft Office, and general office equipment.
  • Must be able to provide clearance that there is no record and/or convictions as a perpetrator of child abuse and/or neglect in the State of Michigan Child Abuse/Neglect Central Registry and other states of residency  over the past 5 years.
  • If position requires driving, you must be able to provide proof of having a current valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and current automobile insurance.
  • Ability to effectively manage time, information, and meets deadlines.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift up to 10 lbs.
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of times.