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Prevention Specialist Youth Opioid Response Compton

Adult Services | Compton, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:


Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities.  VOA - LA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at


The Youth Opioid Response Program is dedicated to reducing opioid use disorders among youth and young adults ages 12-24 through implementation of assessment, access to intervention support and education, intensive case management, referrals for treatment and linkages to recovery and wraparound services and resources including Medication Assisted Treatment that address the complex and holistic needs of youth and their families in Los Angeles County.


The Prevention Specialist shall conduct a multi-prong outreach strategy with the purpose of reducing opioid use among youth and young adults and providing intervention to clients seeking recovery.  The Prevention Specialist shall conduct the opioid prevention curriculum for youth and young adults ages 12-24 on an ongoing basis, connect youth to resources including the Intervention Case Manager for early interventions services, share personal experiences, skills, strengths, supports and resources to youth participants, train, assist and support other providers in Los Angeles County on the selected prevention curriculum and document/report all required data regarding goals, objectives and outcomes.


  • Conduct and facilitate drug prevention curriculum for youth and young adults on an ongoing basis
  • Provide outreach to youth and young adults who may have a history or substance use
  • In coordination with the Intervention Case Manager, connect youth and young adulty to resources, providing referrals when necessary.
  • Assists program staff in outreach strategies and training and supporting other Opioid Prevention providers in Los Angeles County
    1. Develop, perform, facilitate and assist with workshops and other events pertaining to Opioid Prevention
    2. Provide crisis intervention if needed, and make referrals to appropriate community resources
  • Leads community outreach for program, represents VOALA at meetings of working groups specific to opioid prevention, develops community partners.
  • Additional duties as assigned



  • Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications


  • Associate’s Degree (Social Work, Social Services, public administration, public health or related field) Equivalent work experience (2 years)


  • Must be familiar with the challenges facing at-risk youth.
  • 2 years Experiencing working with at-risk/substance abusing youth, case management, and substance use prevention


  • Case Management ethics, HIPAA, clinical documentation methods, client focused ideology


  • Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)


  • Ability to perform under circumstances of possible emotional stress and conflict, including dealing with un-cooperative clients.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written English language.
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (Social Work, Social Services, public administration, public health or related field)

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.