Enhanced Youth Outreach Worker
(Ontario Black Youth Action Plan)

Rapha Christian Centre – Windsor, ON

Term: Full-time, Contract
Application Deadline: March 1, 2024 11:59 p.m. 


The provincial Youth Outreach Worker (“YOW”) Program supports at-risk and high-risk youth and their families to better navigate and connect with services and opportunities in their communities to improve youth outcomes. 

Enhanced Youth Outreach Workers (a.k.a. Clinical Youth Outreach Workers) work as a part of the provincial Youth Outreach Worker team to expand the continuum of services of the Program by providing intensive one-on-one support to high-risk youth. 

Ontario Black Youth Action Plan Enhanced Youth Outreach Workers (“EYOW”) further complement the work completed by YOWs and EYOWs. Performing the same functions and requiring the same education and training as EYOWs, Ontario Black Youth Action EYOWs also work to: 

      • Support high-risk, high-needs Black youth who may be experiencing challenges related, but not limited to mental health, addictions, trauma, relationship violence, human / sex trafficking and / or may be involved in criminal activity; 
      • Support Black youth to develop and enhance their identity, culture and sense of belonging to their community as a protective factor in their movement through the stages of change; and 
      • Use culturally-specific approaches where appropriate to meet this expectation (e.g., connecting Black youth to mentors within their own communities / cultural group, encouraging youth to engage in cultural activities and events). 

Rapha is currently seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Enhanced Youth Outreach Workers (“EYOW”). Working in the Windsor-Essex County area, the EYOW will engage and support marginalized Black youth with the supports and services they need in order to facilitate their connection and access to community resources and to empower them to make positive choices on issues affecting their lives. 


Education and Experience: 

      • Bachelor or Masters of Social Work, Education, Social Sciences or related field and relevant experience, Counselling Psychology or equivalent and/or eligible for certification / membership in a registered professional association for practitioners in clinical therapy. (Candidates without 
      • the specific education qualifications and where the position does not require certified qualification to practice, but who possess an appropriate combination of experience and other academic qualifications will also be considered) 
      • Demonstrated ability delivering intensive, short-term counselling and support services to Black youth in crisis, helping them to address their specific challenges, and referring and supporting them to access required services; 
      • Demonstrated ability to support family members of Black youth, and refer them to required services; 
      • Skill in managing the case plans of multiple, high-risk Black youth clients and their families; 
      • Skill in establishing trusting relationships with Black youth; 
      • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team; 
      • Demonstrated ability to work co-operatively and negotiate effectively with a range of community groups and service providers across sectors; 
      • Demonstrated ability to organize and deliver youth-centric activities, events and learning opportunities independently and/or in collaboration with community partners; 
      • Second language (French or other) an asset; 
      • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends as needed as determined by the co-manager;. 
      • Proficient in working with Microsoft Office Suite and client record software; and 
      • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, including report writing; 

Cultural Experience: 

      • Strong understanding of the specialized needs of Black youth who may be experiencing challenges related to anti-Black racism, such as mental health, addictions, trauma, relationship violence, human / sex trafficking and / or involvement in criminal activities; 
      • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the life experiences and diverse needs, identities and cultural backgrounds of Black youth in underserved communities; 
      • Knowledge of the community including knowledge and understanding of culture and local programs and services to refer Black youth, such as mental health and counselling supports; 
      • Experience working and engaging within the Black community, specifically Black youth and their families. 

Submit Resume and Cover letter confidentially via email to [email protected]. Please quote #EYOW 02-24 in the subject line of the application. All Applicants must have the ability to obtain an approved Vulnerable Sector Check (police record search) clear of any convictions including pardoned sexual offences. Valid Ontario Class “G” driver’s license and reliable vehicle required.