Jobs & Internships at Foster Forward

Foster Forward is a 501 (c) 3, private non-profit. Foster Forward is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, handicap, disability or veteran status.

Youth Support Specialist - YESS Aftercare Services 

The YESS Aftercare Services Program at Foster Forward serves youth ages 18-21 who have aged out of the foster care system on or after their 18th birthday. These young adults need the opportunity to transition gradually to adulthood. They need help supporting themselves as they try to balance school, work, and living on their own.  With trusted support and guidance, they can successfully achieve independence and avoid potential negative outcomes, like unemployment or homelessness. The role of the Youth Support Specialist is to provide individualized, youth-driven services and supports that help youth locate safe and affordable housing, identify employment, and/or enroll in an educational program. The Youth Support Specialist will provide these supports in a developmentally appropriate way, helping youth to build protective and promotive factors, while simultaneously reducing risk factors. The Youth Support Specialist will help youth build on their own strengths, encourage youth to make informed decisions, and help them navigate various complex social systems.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Meet with youth and their self-identified team when newly assigned to help youth develop goals and timelines for achievement.
  • Collaborate with DCYF workers, clinicians, family, and caregivers as appropriate to help support youth in attainment of goals and to facilitate their successful transition into YESS from state care.
  • Work with youth to identify current and past connections that help the youth know where they can build on or re-engage with existing connections. Work with that youth to successfully reengage as appropriate, building social capital across four communities – family, school, neighborhood, and peers.
  • Assist youth with finding and maintaining safe housing.
  • Empower youth to engage and complete educational programs as appropriate.
  • Coach youth in establishing and sustaining employment experiences that help build self-sufficiency skills.
  • Work with youth to dually enroll in the ASPIRE financial capability program, serving as the financial coach for youth to open and IDA program, set savings goals, and save and match for durable assets.
  • Maintain regular contact and meeting schedule with youth in a manner that is flexible, community based as much as possible, and that supports the youths’ achievements of goals.
  • Help connect youth with other Consolidated Youth Services programs to ensure maximization of services.
  • Work as part of a team to offer other educational and/or health or behavioral health services for youth as needs are identified.
  • Maintain all casefiles – electronic and paper – as required – inclusive of Foster Forward and DCYF’s data systems.
  • Participate in staff trainings, agency events, and promotional opportunities as required.
  • Other duties as required.

 

Required: Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related experience; proven experience relating to adolescents and adults from a variety of backgrounds; ability to navigate complex systems; experience working one-on-one with clients helping to set and achieve goals; ability to set and maintain boundaries; attention to detail; organized and able to accurately plan work and tasks; adaptable; pass a criminal background check; flexible schedule and reliable transportation, travel around state is required to meet with clients in the community.

Preferred: Knowledge of the foster care system and a positive youth development framework. Bilingual Candidates strongly encouraged to apply. 

Send Resume and Cover Letter to Jessica McCluskey at jessica.nievera.mccluskey@fosterforward.net by August 18th. 

 

 

Part-Time 1099 Sunday Classroom Instructor (Youth Engagement Specialist)

Life Skills Program 

 

The goal of the Transitional Education Program is to prepare young people, ages 16-21 who are in Rhode Island DCYF out-of-home care or who participate in the YESS Aftercare program, for a successful transition to adulthood. The role of the Youth Engagement Specialist is to work as a part of a transition support team to assess all youth referred from the Department of Children, Youth and Families for services. The Youth Engagement Specialist is responsible for utilizing identified assessment tools and resource kits for helping youth identify strengths and areas for growth and development. As part of the transition support team, the Youth Engagement Specialist will convey any assessment results with the youth and his/her/zer team. The Youth Engagement Specialist will also provide classroom based and experiential learning opportunities as needed to youth, based on their assessment needs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Able to work Sundays to teach classes.
    • Teach educational classes utilizing identified curricula and pre/post assessments. 
  • Communicate effectively with the DCYF staff, community providers, and resource families.
  • Ensure effective communication loop with appropriate partners to ensure that if a youth declines services or is struggling to achieve his/her/zer goals all parties are able to support the young person.
  • Help connect youth with other Consolidated Youth Services programs to ensure maximization of services.
  • Connect foster families with teens to support services available through the Family Support Team.
  • Work as part of a team to offer other educational and/or health or behavioral health services for youth as needs are identified.
  • Maintain all casefiles – electronic and paper – as required – inclusive of Foster Forward's data system.
  • Participate in staff trainings, agency events, and promotional opportunities as required.
  • Other duties as required.

 

Required: Bachelors Degree or equivalent work experience; Classroom management and teaching experience a plus; Experience relating to adolescents and adults from a variety of backgrounds; ability to work effectively with youth individually and in a group/classroom setting; attention to detail; organized and able to accurately plan work and tasks; adaptable; pass a criminal background check; flexible schedule; able to work weekends and reliable transportation.

Preferred: Knowledge of the foster care system.

Send Resume and Cover letter to: victoria.ferrara@fosterforward.net 



Internship Opportunities

Internship opportunities may be available in our Family Support program, for more information contact Lorette Dussault at 401.438.3900 x101. There may be opportunities in Development and Communications, as well; for more information contact Christina Jagolinzer at 401-438-3900, Ext. 128. 

Data, Policy & Evaluation

 

This intern will work with the ProgramEvaluation Coordinator to ensure Foster Forward is able to meet its obligations for delivering quality programs and services that improve the lives of youth in the fostercare system.

 

Under the supervision of the Program Evaluation Coordinator, the intern will help to further develop and utilize the SocialSolution’ssoftwareEfforts To Outcomes(ETO), to enable Foster Forward to track and measure it’s work. The Intern will also help perform quality assurance and assist with maintaining funding deliverables. He/she/ze will learn how to build and run reports to support program staff, as well as help the Foster Forward leadership use data to drive policy.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

     Develop proficiency with Foster Forward’s database, particularly with back end functions to assist Coordinator in supporting program staff and leadership decision making.

     Support program coordinators in understanding data input and building/running queries to respond to their needs.

     Build dashboard report for board of directors and regularly maintain.

     Perform quality assurance through data cleaning on entry and exits.

     Help maintain grant deliverables through creation of dashboard outcome reports for each program.

     Assist Program Evaluation Coordinator with monitoring progress toward outcomes and output deliverables, reviewing regularly with front-line and program managers.

     Respond to report and data requests from staff.

     Compile quarterly reports for state and federal contracts.

     Work with senior team and Program Evaluation Coordinator to use data to draft policy and data briefs.

 

Proficient use of MicrosoftOfficesuite:Word,Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook. Knowledge of Efforts to Outcomes a plus, but not required. Other relational database experience also welcome. Must have interest in using data to drive decision making and policy.

 

Send resume and cover letter to Caitlin Divver at caitlin.divver@fosterforward.net.  

 

ASPIRE

Interested in helping to teach Financial Literacy classes? Interested in helping to organize events and door openers to improve access to community opportunities for youth in foster care? Interested in helping to organize and conduct youth leadership trainings? Then ASPIRE might be the internship for you. This opportunity is best suited for Junior year (8 hours per week) interns. To learn more about ASPIRE or internship opportunities contact Victoria Ferrara at 401.438.3900 x105. 

Real Connections

The BSW/MSW intern in Real Connections will participate in the program in the following ways:

  • Support Program Manager in recruiting, training and supporting both community mentors and mentors already known to youth
  • Attend Eco-mapping training with the Child Welfare Institute and work on four eco-mapping cases throughout the year.
  • Record Mine case records and other data to develop a full picture of a youth’s potential existing positive adult resources
  • Provide support to the Real Connections staff in identifying contact information for adults identified
  • Coordinate and Facilitate mentor workshops
Program Development
  • Attend weekly team meetings with Real Connections team to further develop, refine and improve program
  • Take the lead on at least one key project related to program development, with the support of Real Connections staff
  • Participate in program measurement and evaluation
Skills Required
  • Proven ability to connect with youth and adults from a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances. 
  • Experience developing positive connections with teenagers
  • Strong communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Flexibility: Evening/weekend/workday availability
  • Own transportation
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • Understanding of the issues facing older youth in care
  • A belief in the program’s mission, goals and strategies

To learn more about social work internships, please contact Kate Bronner at kate.bronner@fosterforward.net or 401.438.3900 x108

*****NOTE there is a difference between the BSW and MSW internships and will be further discussed in the interview.

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