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Volunteer Opportunity

INTERN: Pathways Independent Living Navigation Intern, Transition Age Youth Specialist

Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: Housing and Human Services
Category: Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment & Minimum Age: Must be 21 years of age or older and able to commit to 12 – 20 hours per week for a minimum of 9 months.

The position is housed at the HUB, 515 Coffman, Longmont and requires 50% travel for home visits in Boulder County, primarily in Longmont, Boulder and Lafayette.

Program Summary:

Pathways to Success is a federally granted innovative program to provide intensive supports to current and former foster youth who are 15 -21 years old and at risk of or experiencing homelessness. The Boulder Pathways Collaborative is a partnership between Attention Homes Youth Services (The Source) and Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services (BCDHHS). Pathways to Success provides intensive, one-on-one support to youth so they can reach their goals. In addition to the Boulder pathways navigator, the program provides an independent living navigator (IL) support to youth and young adults in Denver, Garfield, Fremont, and Weld Counties. This program also includes a rigorous research component to determine the impact of the intervention on preventing youth homelessness.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The pathways navigator intern will support the Boulder navigator in providing youth and young adults individualized life skills and supports including job search, vital documents, access to school and vocation training as well as support access to stable housing and behavioral health supports. The model utilized a strengths-based co-active coaching approach to promote goals identified by the participating youth. Duties include support for accessing benefits and services as well as life skills supports such as conflict resolution, interviewing skills, financial management, and household maintenance and cooking skills. The primary role of the intern is to support young adults with identifying and maintaining housing as well as developing the necessary skills to live independently.

Qualifications and Requirements:

BCDSHHS seeks an advanced undergraduate or a graduate student in the field of social work, counseling or related field. BSW or MSW foundation year students are appropriate. Candidates for this position should have a strong interest in gaining skills in child welfare/homeless youth services with specific attention to the needs and issues of transition age youth. The ideal candidate has experience with youth/young adults and an understanding of the unique needs of youth who have experienced trauma. The position requires a candidate with a strengths-based approach and positive regard for young adults as well as knowledge of mental health disabilities. Experience with diverse populations is a plus.

Training Dates and Information:

Orientation to Attention Homes and to Child Welfare will be provided through 8 hours of learning modules as well as required shadowing of agency staff. Specialized skills in the co-active coaching model, including ongoing skills support will be provided. To gain knowledge and insight into the role and mission of human services, the intern will be provided access to training for strengths-based case management as well as ongoing child welfare training. Specific training related to trauma-informed care is also available.

Additional Information:

This is an excellent experience for individuals interested in a child welfare and/or community housing career with great opportunities to network with community agencies and resources. The internship provides opportunity for skill building in care coordination and individual supports as well as small group for psycho-educational instruction. The position prepares an intern for a career in supporting housing, child welfare and or young adult advocacy. Internship is contingent upon successful completion of background check, and intern will be supported with:

  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Weekly individual supervision
  • Bi-weekly team meetings as schedule allows
  • Access to ongoing training and learning
  • Opportunities to network with partner agencies across Boulder county.

For an application please contact Debbie Ramírez at or 303-441-1430. Resume and face to face interview are required.

Unpaid Internship: This is an Unpaid Internship
Application Process:

For an application please contact Debbie Ramírez at or 303-441-1430. Resume and face to face interview are required.