Reporting to Operations Manager, The Youth In Transition (YIT) Navigator is responsible for assisting young people transitioning into adulthood and independence. The Navigator will specialize in one of the 6 major areas of support:
1. Case Planning, 2. Housing and Tenancy Supports, 3. Practical Supports and Life Skills, 4. Emergency Shelter Diversion, 5. Employment, Literacy and Training, and 6. Mental Health and Addictions.
The Navigator, YiT works to promote optimum health and wellbeing of youth with the end goal of preventing, reducing and ending their experience of homelessness. The Navigator will utilize a case management approach and evaluation techniques to develop and implement therapeutic treatment plans and will work alongside other staff and community services to support and engage in prevention programs. The Navigator will also assess and provide direct intervention or referral to appropriate service providers/programs where appropriate, for youth.
The Navigator, YiT will work with a team of Navigators responsible for 4 program areas including:
1. Mental Health and Addictions
2. Housing and Tenancy Supports
3. Practical Supports and Life Skills
4. Employment, Literacy and Training, and
The Navigator will 40 hours per week on a 5 days on / 2 days off rotation.
The Navigator, YIT will assists youth to connect with supports and other resources in their communities. The program works from a strength-based youth driven framework. The program is voluntary and based on whether the young person feels they need further support.
SideDoor supports practice through a harm reduction and trauma informed lens, placing priority on participant, safety, choice and control. All SideDoor programs support participant empowerment and skill development
Post-secondary training in a credited Addictions and/or Mental Health, Child and Youth, Social Work or equivalent combination of relevant experience and education. Knowledge of Housing First for Youth (including housing and support systems for youth) is an asset.
Minimum three (3) years experience working with high needs/vulnerable youth, particularly homeless youth.
Up-to-date immunizations, CPR C and First Aid, and a criminal record check are mandatory.
Full medical and dental benefits, Wellness Allowance, 2 weeks of annual leave provided with the position.
SideDoor is celebrating 25 years supporting YOUth (1995-2020).
Originally opening as a Drop-In Youth Centre in 1995 SideDoor has grown exponentially, now operating :
Supports including day shelter, meals and snacks, laundry and shower facilities, hygiene products, , computers, telephone, fax, etc.
Drop-In Centre provides a safe alternative to Yellowknife streets including practical supports and life skills: meal served at 6pm, recreation, cultural and social supports, etc.
Hope's Haven at 5114-52nd Street
24/hour Housing and Supports
Transitional Housing - YOUth in Transition
1. Housing and Supports:
Temporary: Emergency Shelter -
Safe Haven for YOUth experiencing homelessness (on site)
Transitional: Youth in Transition –
Short-term housing and supports (on site)
Permanent: HOME4U –
Permanent Housing and Supports (off site)
2. Resource Centre 4 YOUth:
HOME4U: Housing and Tenancy
HELP4U: Employment, Literacy and Training
HOPE4U: Mental Health and Addictions &
Practical Supports and Life Skills
Referral Services and Practical Supports –
Drop-In Centre, Meals, Showers, Laundry, etc
The SideDoor exists to instil values, character and community that will empower Northern youth to find fulfilment (HOPE) by providing a safe haven and practical supports. We are committed to preventing, reducing and ending youth homelessness in Yellowknife for youth, ages 12-24.