Youth Advocate Specialist, Middle School
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Youth Advocate Specialist, Middle School (Full-time, 40 hours) Non-Exempt

The Youth Advocate Specialist, Middle School (YASMS), as part of the BUILD Prevention Team, must exemplify the mission, vision, and values of the agency. The (YASMS), will serve youth who are off track, street or gang-involved, and those involved in the juvenile justice system. The (YASMS) is responsible for providing support, advocacy, opportunities, and community resources that will prevent entry or return to the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (CCJTDC). The (YASMS) will work closely with other program departments and support staff to ensure youth are integrated into various programs that will dissuade them from entering, recidivating, and/or returning to gangs or other destructive activities. The (YASMS), reports directly to the Youth Advocate Coordinator, Middle School (YACMS).

Responsibilities/duties are but not limited to:

  • Provides advocacy programs and services in and out of schools for the designated community
  • Works collaboratively with school administration and other partners
  • Informs appropriate BUILD team of program progress and challenges, making recommendations and seeking advice as necessary
  • Meets with team weekly to discuss youth engagement and case management service
  • Meets with Manager/Coordinator weekly to discuss the youth in case management service
  • Interacts with participants by establishing a professional relationship
  • Ensures that youth who are off track in school receive the support necessary to improve and maintain academic requirements
  • Ensures that youth receive ongoing home and/or school visits upon participant's enrollment and/or release from the CCJTDC and maintains regular ongoing contacts (individual and group) with participants in his/her caseload for a minimum of one year
  • Ensures that youth are involved/encouraged to participate in leadership development opportunities
  • Facilitates and provides learning spaces for participants such as peace/talking circles
  • Provides informal individual and group counseling
  • Ensures completion of needs assessments and refers participants to appropriate services within BUILD and their communities
  • Maintain a positive adult mentor/ mentee relationship while reinforcing positive behavior
  • Recruits and maintains a required caseload of youth
  • Record case notes into internal and external online databases on a weekly basis and record intakes and assessments into the system as needed
  • Update caseloads monthly and submit information on a monthly report
  • Collect baseline and year-end data on academic, interpersonal, and pro-social behaviors
  • Submits statistics and reports monthly and/or as needed
  • Maintains File Compliance as required and compliance with internal and external data collection
  • Represents the agency to various publics to broaden community awareness and support, interpreting the agency’s programs and services in a positive way
  • Participate in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends
  • Perform other duties as assigned



  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Experience working with inner-city youth in a human service setting, social service setting, or related field
  • Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with technology integration into daily program operations and evaluation systems
  • Highly organized to set priorities, develop a work schedule, and monitor progress towards goals
  • Ability to build positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally to achieve the goals of the organization
  • Able to do the required number of home visits per month
  • Ability to pass a criminal and CPS background check and child abuse/neglect registry check
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License, access to reliable transportation and willingness to travel locally
  • Must be able to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccine


  • 401(k) + 2% match
  • Medical, Dental and Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Vacation
  • Wellness Days
  • Flexible Spending Account

This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

BUILD, Inc., does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, citizenship, ethnic or national origin, age, disability, medical status, military status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ancestry, or any legally protected status. This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits and training. 

American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement: External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled, must be able to perform the essential job specific functions (listed within each job responsibility) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by the organization on a case-by-case basis. 

Salary Description
$38,000.00 - $42,000.00 yearly