Youth Advocate (100)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.? Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.? Other duties may be assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Monitor, advise, and facilitate progress in developing independent living skills of program participants' receiving drop-in services at the Peer Resource Center (PRC).

  • Administer the Next Step Tool (assesses level of vulnerability, housing needs, and housing preferences), enter data gathered into HMIS and share with the SPA 3 Regional Coordinator in order to generate a case conferencing tool to assist with matching youth to available housing resources.

  • Contribute information to bi-weekly care coordination meetings to discuss specific youth cases, facilitate YCES integration into the SPA and community and assist in troubleshooting issues with implementation and matching 

  • Follow through with YCES housing navigation, stabilization and retention for youth entered at YMO (designated SPA 3 Access Point).

  • Provide direct services, collateral services, and crisis interventions.

  • Maintain and complete record-keeping associated with delivery of services.

  • Facilitate workshops, events, and activities at the PRC (i.e., Resource Fairs, Independent Living Skills classes, etc.)

  • Distribute basic needs to program participants (i.e., toiletries, meals, etc.).

  • Perform opening/closing duties at the PRC.

  • Attend and participate in programs and YMO meetings, including staff, in-service, clinical conferences, and training retreats

  • Other duties as required


  • Masters degree in a mental health field of study, plus 2 years of post-masters experience in a relevant mental health setting; or Bachelors degree and 4 years experience in a relevant mental health setting; or an Associates of Arts degree and 6 years experience in a relevant mental health setting
  • Experience working with transitional age youth
  • Knowledge of prevailing governmental laws and regulations regarding the provision of mental health services, including confidentiality and limits thereof, the reporting of child abuse/neglect, and related regulations

  • Knowledge of Ethical and Professional Standards established by appropriate professional organizations whether or not the individual is a member of any such organization

  • Demonstrated ability to work with a culturally diverse clientele & staff
  • Valid California drivers license, driving record and personal vehicle insurance acceptable to Hillsides' insurance carrier


  • Competitive salary

  • Medical insurance? with a $10 premium per paycheck for employee only coverage plan

  • Dental insurance?100% employer paid for HMO employee only coverage plan

  • Life and AD&D insurance 100% employer paid up to two times the annual salary

  • Flexible Spending Account with $500 roll-over limit

  • 401 k with no wait period, 5% employer match cap and no vesting schedule

  • 12 paid holidays per year and generous paid time off policy accruing up to 22 days off annually

  • Bilingual stipend of $2,000 or $4,000 for applicable?positions


Every employee has the opportunity and responsibility to participate in one or more activities each year that support the performance quality improvement (PQI) of Hillsides' programs & services.? Activities might involve membership on a PQI committee or work group, service as a peer reviewer, data collection for PQI and evaluation purposes, completion of PQI questionnaires and surveys or participation in focus groups, or other activities as identified by PQI committees or work groups.


Hillsides practices Trauma Informed Care (TIC) principles which recognizes the signs, symptoms, and widespread impact of trauma; Employees are asked to comprehensively integrate knowledge of Trauma Informed Care into policies, procedures, and practices with the goal to prevent re-traumatization which promotes healing of families, youth, individuals, and communities.


This position performs tasks that may involve exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues.? All Hillsides employees are offered the opportunity to receive the Hepatitis B vaccination series.

Hillsides is an Equal Opportunity Employer