United Friends of the Children empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy, and consistent relationships with a community of people who care.
United Friends has been an integral part of the Los Angeles foster care community since our founding by Nancy M. Daly in 1979. Our early advocacy efforts helped establish the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and pass the Foster Care Independence Act. Innovations in direct services span from co-founding the first transitional housing program in the nation for former foster youth to the creation of an 11-year education support continuum that follows foster youth from the seventh grade through the completion of a bachelor’s degree.
The Youth Advocate (YA) plays a key role in building a strong, dynamic community among United Friends’ Antelope Valley scholars. Supported by and in partnership with the Antelope Valley Program Manager, the YA is responsible for assisting with planning, coordinating and implementing the Scholars Program. This includes, but is not limited to, supporting Saturday workshops and events. Additionally, the YA will partner with the Antelope Valley team to identify resources, engage scholars, and provide program support.
The Youth Advocate will work between 10-15 hours per week, including Saturdays and evenings as necessary. They will be based primarily at the United Friends Antelope Valley Satellite Office and attend Saturday workshops and events within the Antelope Valley, as well as, occasionally throughout Los Angeles County.
Duties and responsibilities
Build and maintain meaningful relationships with scholars and assist with developing the scholar community
Support the Program Manager to encourage scholar engagement within the program
Encourage and manage positive scholar engagement during Saturday workshops/events
Collaborate and communicate with Education staff regarding curriculum implementation
Coordinate with Program Manager to ensure appropriate facility setup for workshops and events
Facilitate engaging curriculum designed to support scholars’ social emotional development and college knowledge on their journey to college.
Other duties as assigned.
General United Friends Responsibilities
Act as a role model within the organization to uphold and implement United Friends’ organizational values:
Embrace program evaluation that leads to excellence and impact
Build effective and empowering partnerships with the youth, community and each other
Create a fun and exciting environment that inspires learning and innovation
Communicate openly, honestly and with humility across all groups
Work together as one organization
High School Diploma
Current College Student
Lived experience in the foster care system
Bilingual in English and Spanish
Works collaboratively and cooperatively as a member of a multi-disciplinary service team
Establishes and cultivates respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and keep commitments
An understanding and sensitivity to issues concerning former foster care youth
The ability to successfully engage an audience of transition age youth (TAY)
Conveys thoughts and ideas clearly, listens well, communicates in a solution-oriented manner and incorporates others’ views into work
Holds self and others accountable to high expectations, works both independently and collaboratively and relates tasks to organizational values
Passionate about United Friends’ mission
Lived experience as an Antelope Valley resident