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Volunteer Opportunities

  Volunteer Position: Safe Place Program Volunteer
Act as support and back up for staff and youth in crisis. Accompany our Safe Place Liaison when meeting youth experiencing crisis.
  General Description
The Safe Place Volunteer, under the direction of the Safe Place Liaison, will assist in responding to youth who have run away, and/or have been experiencing homelessness and are contacting the Safe Place hotline seeking a place to stay for the night. The volunteer acts as additional support both for staff and the youth experiencing crisis, by accompanying the Safe Place Liaison when meeting a youth in person.

On a typical call, the volunteer is assisting the Safe Place Liaison by riding along with the Liaison to locate the youth and then helping engage and keep the youth company while the Safe Place Liaison works to assess the situation and determine a safe plan for the night. The Safe Place program responds in person to youth at the location where they are calling from; anywhere within King County limits.

The Safe Place Liaison works with the youth to either mediate the conflict with family and attempting to assist in returning home, or assists in finding a youth shelter where the youth can reside safely for the night. The Safe Place program receives on average 1-2 calls during the rotating weekly shifts of on-call responsibility.
  Age requirement:
 21+ years old.
  Skills:
1. Ability to work in an environment that could be highly stressful.
2. Ability to develop warm and open relationships with young adults while maintaining strong  boundaries.
3.
Ability to be a positive role model for young adults.
4.
Ability to respect the confidentiality of program participants.
5. Respect differences in young people’s cultural, social, sexual and religious background and willingness to enhance cultural pride.
6. Must demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences and a commitment to the value of cultural competency.
 Educational Requirement:
1. Must be at least 21 years of age.
2. Must pass a DSHS background check.
3. Must provide character/professional references.
4. Must fill out and submit the Friends of Youth volunteer application and attend the Friends of Youth Volunteeer Orientation.
5. Must attend Friends of Youth Safe Place Volunteeer trainings as scheduled and required.
6. Must have a valid driver's licence and reliable transportation.
7. Must have a reliable cell phone.
8. Employees and volunteers who operate their own or Friends of Youth vehicles on Friends of Youth business must have a safe driving record as defined by Friends of Youth. Employees and volunteers who operate their own vehicle(s) on Friends of Youth business must carry auto liability insurance that complies with the requirements of Friends of Youth.
9. A First Aid/CPR certification is strongly preferred.
10. Must have a genuine interest in working with youth in crisis.
  Main Responsibilities
1. Provide on-call support after business hours, typically 5pm to 8 am during one week shifts as scheduled with the Safe Place Liaison on a rotating basis. Weekly rotation occurs approximately once every six weeks.
2. When a Safe Place call is received while the volunteer is on-call, volunteer and staff will arrange a meet-up location to respond together to the youth in crisis.
3. Volunteers are asked to accompany the Safe Liaison when responding to crisis calls.
4. Volunteers will be trained on rules regarding confidentiality and then maintain client confidentiality per agency training, at all times.


To apply please contact Bryan Thompson, Safe Place Liaison for Friends of Youth, bryan@friendsofyouth.org  
Qualified candidates will be interviewed prior to becoming a volunteer for Safe Place.