Youth Advocate, AmeriCorps
SSYAF Programs



The Youth Advocate guides foster youth through navigating the life skills necessary for a successful transition to adulthood, including graduation from high school. Supports the Mission, Vision, and Values of the agency.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Experience as a foster youth strongly preferred
  • Prepared to work independently with flexible hours that may include evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Proven documentation skills and intermediate level computer skills including all MS Office programs
  • Adhere to all confidentiality requirements
  • Ability to work in a mobile, fast paced environment.
  • Ability to use a laptop computer
  • Verbal and written ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, community partners, consumers and all levels of management
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize projects and assignments effectively
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment within department and agency wide
  • Fulfillment of background check clearance, and any other mandatory State/Federal requirements
  • Valid California driver’s license, proof of automobile insurance, can maintain a driving record acceptable to the agency’s insurance carrier
  • Must provide and operate a registered, properly insured automobile

Essential Job Functions

  • Adheres to all AmeriCorps and Cap Center guidelines.
  • Provides transportation as necessary
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with agency and community partners
  • Attends weekly staff meetings, consultation, and case management staff meetings as scheduled
  • Accountable for independent time management
  • Forms positive, constructive relationships with children and their families
  • Maintains positive relationships with consumers and customers
  • Identifies strengths, skills, and positive qualities in children and families
  • Attends Program and other related trainings
  • Assists in the social functions and events of the assigned Program
  • Maintains accurate and timely records
  • Seeks out clinical information and advice as needed
  • Provides mentoring, homework assistance, and life skills support to assigned Foster Youth at school and/or residential setting
  • Conducts life skills workshops and activities related to the Casey Life Skills Domains of Communication, Daily Living, Academics/Study Skills, Home Life, Self-Care, Social Relationships, Housing/Money Management, Career Planning, and Work Life
  • Assists Site Supervisor in program implementation and evaluation
  • Use and apply all training around Foster Youth and other topics, such as Conflict Resolution and Mandated Child Abuse Reporting


  • Education Award (upon completion of service)
  • Living allowance stipend
  • Health insurance for member (if eligible)
  • Loan forbearance
  • Training opportunities for professional/personal growth, field experience, and networking.

To apply, please fill out our online Employment Application.