MISSSEY, Inc. (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth) is a community-based organization founded in 2007 to respond to the epidemic of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in Alameda County, CA. Our mission is to provide services to commercially sexually exploited youth (CSEC) and to work for systemic change with the youth we serve. As an organization we value healing, youth voice, integrity, and accountability. Our service model is focused on healing through trauma-informed, survivor-centered, and youth-focused approaches. We recognize the crucial voices of survivors in facilitating healing in victims of gender-based violence, including trafficking and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation, and the value of young people empowering other young people. Our work with youth is a partnership, helping them transition from victim to survivor to leader, encouraging their long-term stability and success in whatever path they choose. MISSSEY believes that with the right opportunities and support, youth can overcome the circumstances of their exploitation and thrive.
The goal of this aspect of our work is to increase youth survivor’s participation in addressing issues related to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and trafficking. MISSSEY will develop youth advisors and change agents, Survivors Taking Action for a New Day (STAND), who will inform MISSSEY leadership, their peers, adults, and systems-involved youth serving organizations in the community. This will occur through advocacy, education and youth-led research strategies.
The Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator (LAC) works in partnership with STAND youth (ages 16 – 24) who are survivors of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) or other forms of sexual violence, to organize, empower and mobilize communities to end gender based violence and win real improvements for youth survivors of sexual exploitation. The LAC will train and support youth leaders to develop and deepen political consciousness, assess and understand issues impacting their health and well-being, build relationships and partnerships with youth and community supporters; and drive campaigns that mobilize supporters, create long-term systems and/or policy change and build power for future victories.
The LAC will implement this work under the Community Action Model (CAM) or other evidence-based model that develops youth advocates to address health equity issues through policy. The LAC will develop this project in partnership with public health leaders, community partners, and youth leaders to specifically address the health equity issue of CSE as it relates to social, economic, and health inequities within Oakland. Building on previous policy efforts, the LAC will partner with youth leaders to lead work that supports and leverages citywide efforts to build safe and healthy communities.
The ideal candidate for this position would:
Position title: Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator
Classification: Full-time, non-exempt, in-person position, some weekends and evenings (rotation)
For more information about MISSSEY, please visit our website www.misssey.org.
To see the full job description go to our website, https://misssey.org/job-opportunities/.
Due to the volume of candidates, we will be unable to contact each candidate individually. If you are being considered for the position, you will be contacted. We are unable to accept phone calls or walk-ins. MISSSEY is an equal opportunity employer.
NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY: MISSSEY DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE IN ANY PROGRAM, ACTIVITY, OR IN EMPLOYMENT ON THE BASIS OF AGE, CREED, SEX, RACE, ETHNIC BACKGROUND, MARITAL OR VETERAN STATUS, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, OR RELIGION. SURVIVORS AND WOMEN OF COLOR (TRANS INCLUSIVE) ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY