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Youth Support Worker - Girls (Internship)

Salary: £27,352.00 (£13.15 per hour)      Hours: 40 hours per week   Closing Date:  31/01/24

The girls youth support worker (Internship) role is a 12 month paid internship to begin during March 2024, supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation Jack Petchey Internship Programme

You must be ready to take up post by Monday 25th March 2024.

This role is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and receipt of two successful references.

The Role 

We are looking for someone who has a passion for supporting young people and is enthusiastic about developing a career in the  youth/charity sector to join our friendly team. Experience from unpaid or voluntary activities is valued!

You will develop transformational work with at-risk and marginalised young women and girls aged 11-25, helping them to make positive choices and transform their lives for the better.

Working alongside a team of eight other youth workers and four admin staff, your main responsibilities will be to engage and support young women and girls using youth work initiatives and assist with the development and delivery of our girls projects.

Benefits

In return, you can expect a salary in line with the London real living wage, support and training, a generous leave allowance and staff pension scheme.

You will receive an extra training bursary of £1,000 for approved training.  You will also be matched with a mentor from another organisation to support you in your professional development. 

This development programme will involve you attending a launch conference, four professional development workshops through the year and a celebration event at the end of the programme.

The Jack Petchey Internship Programme training and events will take place in person in London, and you will be expected to take full part in this programme alongside your role at Ignite Youth.

If you’d like to be part of the Ignite team than please read the full job description and send your CV along with a covering letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) outlining how you meet the points include in the person specification.  To: office@igniteyouth.org.uk before 5pm on Wednesday 31st January 2024.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Purpose:   This fixed-term, 1-year post is made possible through the Jack Petchey Internship Programme, which you will be part of with 30 other interns from different youth organisations in London and Essex.

 You will develop transformational work with at-risk and marginalised young women and girls aged 11-25 helping them to make positive choices and transform their lives for the better. Using education and skills development, mentoring, positive engagement with other services, engagement with their families and other activities which make a positive difference to young people in line with Ignite’s vision, mission and values.

 Reports to:             Youth Work Manager

 Responsible for:    N/a

1   Duties and key responsibilities

Youth work with young women and girls

  • Develop our girls’ youth offer with support from the Youth Work Manager and existing youth workers.
  • Develop relationships with young women and girls aged 11-25 across Harrow.
  • Identify at-risk young women and girls aged 11-25 and encourage them to engage in positive, diversionary activities such as our boxing, mixed sports, and music projects.
  • Engage and build trusted relationships with marginalized, vulnerable, and at-risk young women and girls, particularly those at risk of exclusion from education and employment, exploitative relationships and contact with the criminal justice system through 1:1 mentoring.
  • Deliver mentoring to young women and girls.  

Youth Voice  

  • To support on the development of youth voice and engagement work.
  • To help develop our existing media platforms e.g. a podcast, Instagram or a film.
  • To work with groups of young people to support them to effectively present their recommendations and influence how youth services are designed for young women and girls.  

Detached

  • Carry out detached/outreach work with our experienced youth workers in known Harrow hot spots for young women and girls using local knowledge and the knowledge of our partners.
  • Engage young women and girls on the streets in intentional conversations.  

Mentoring

  • Invite young people to meet 1:1 for a fixed period (e.g., 3 months). This may be shortened or extended depending on their engagement and current needs.
  • Use the mentoring sessions to address complex issues, encouraging them to make positive life choices, reduce involvement in life-limiting behaviour and re-engage with education or employment.  

Monitoring and Evaluation, Admin & data collection  

  • Report on projects that you support and enter all data onto Ignite’s electronic Management Information system as required to monitor the impact and effectiveness of the projects and outcomes achieved.
  • Provide case studies that will show the impact of your work and achievements on young people.
  • Work in line with data protection, maintaining confidential service-user records of interventions and contact details in line with Ignite’s case management policy.  

Personal/Professional Development and Teamwork

  • Attend and prepare for regular line management meetings.
  • Attend team meetings and contribute to Ignite projects as required.
  • Take responsibility for self-care and managing vicarious trauma, promoting the importance of self-care both internally and externally.  

2   General Responsibilities   

  • Be flexible and carry out other associated duties as may arise, develop or be assigned in line with the broad remit of the position.
  • Maintain and improve competencies through continuous professional development. You will be supported to achieve this.
  • Abide by all organisational policies, codes of conduct and practices.
  • Support and promote inclusion, diversity and equality of opportunity in the workplace.
  • Treat with confidentiality any personal, private or sensitive information about individual organisations and or clients or staff and project data.   

Person Specification

1          Personal Attributes & Other Requirements

  • A desire to unlock young women and girls’ potential.
  • Interested in developing a career in the youth sector.
  • Commitment to the core values and ethos of Ignite. Model values such as love, compassion, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control, both to the team and all those we work with.
  • Willingness to travel across Harrow to outreach appointments and partnership offices.
  • Interested and motivated to further own skills and knowledge  

2          Knowledge

  • An understanding of the issues facing young women and girls.  

3          Experience         

  • Experience of paid work and/or volunteering with groups of young women and girls.
  • Building effective and transformational relationships with young people.
  • (Desirable but not essential) Experience of social action or campaigning or an interest in gaining more experience in using research to campaign.
  • (Desirable but not essential) Experience of creating and developing opportunities and programmes with young people (those facing social exclusion, disadvantage and disaffection) from deprived communities including those involved in risk taking behaviour or gangs.  

4          Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work in an empathetic young person-centred way.
  • Ability to problem-solve difficult situations and deal with them calmly and effectively.
  • Self-motivated with confidence to work alone but can also work co-operatively and flexibly as part of a team.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Accurate note taking and ability to summarise information to identify key themes.
  • IT skills at a level that supports report writing, email, internet and use of a database.  

5          Education/Training/Qualifications

  • No specific education/training/qualification but a desire of developing a career in Youth work is required.

 

 This post is restricted to women only as a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9 paragraph 1, Equality Act 2010.

 Please contact the office on office@igniteyouth.org.uk if you need further information.