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Youth Worker Positive Alternatives

Adult Services | South Los Angeles, 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.  VOALA 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


Positive Alternatives provides individual and community focused substance abuse and alcohol prevention efforts through information and education to community, youth, young adults, parents/guardians along with a substance abuse and alcohol prevention curriculum to youth in schools and community centers.  Serves ages 8-11, 12/17, 18-24, 25-59 and 60+ years.   Services are offered in schools and community centers in SPA 6, specifically serving the Willowbrook community.   

Positive Alternatives is a safe haven for many of LA’s youth who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn about life’s options and the choices they can make.


Under the Program Coordinator, assist in the implementation of Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Services for youth and families in the Willowbrook Community and surrounding areas.


  • Community outreach
    1. Recruitment of program youth and adult participants
    2. Assistance in community mobilization efforts under the supervision of the Prevention Specialist
  • Planning and supervision of ongoing youth recreation and or social activities
  • Administer Participant Surveys and collect other related process data for the Program Evaluator
  • Enter data into PPSD and assist with record keeping and office coverage
  • In coordination with the Prevention Specialist, connect youth and young adult to resources, providing referrals when necessary



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


  • Associate degree (Social Work, Social Services, Public Administration, Public Health or related field)
  • Or equivalent work experience (2 years)


  • Must be familiar with the challenges facing at-risk youth.
  • 2 years’ Experience working with at-risk/substance abusing youth, in case management, or in substance abuse prevention.


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


  • Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Familiar with online resources


  • 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.


  • Client-focused, prompt, collaborative, team player, adaptable, communicator, highly organized, consistent, compassionate


  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Social Services, Public Administration, Public Health or related filed

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.