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Street Outreach Specialist

Job Location

Thurston County, WA

Published By

Our Ark

Type of Job

Part Time Volunteer

Published Date

March 31, 2020 at 9:00:00 PM

About the job

    Street Outreach Counselors: This position provides outreach and navigation services to street youth aged 13-25 who are homeless or experiencing housing insecurity. Assist homeless kids on the streets as well as build a relationship and learn about the kids, their street lives and how to help them. It is important to build a trusting a relationship with the kids and this requires consistent outreach efforts—at least once a week. They will gradually begin to trust you as you listen, support and help them and eventually, you will become instrumental in their return to a life off the streets.

    Outreach counselor’s work with youth on the streets:
    1. Encourage the youth and let them know that we are there for them and that there are better alternatives
    2. Inform the youth of available resources and services
    3. Help the youth find a job
    4. Provide the youth with food and hygiene products
    5. Teach the youth necessary life skills to help get them off the streets

    Street Outreach Assist homeless kids to build a relationship and learn about the kids, their street lives and how to help them.
    1. Lunches and snacks.
    2. Message and mail services.
    3. Youth Life Skills


This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous

  • Active Listener--to pay attention, understand, respond and remember what is being said in the context of intonation, timing, and non-verbal cues (body language)

  • People-oriented -- enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects

  • Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction

  • Achievement-oriented -- enjoys taking on challenges, even if they might fail

  • Autonomous/Independent -- enjoys working with little direction

  • Committed, caring, compassionate

  • 3hr week/ 6 months

  • Must be 18yr to work with the outreach team(s)

  • Ability to pass and maintain a background check

  • Current WA Driver’s License and auto insurance for frequent travel throughout the county to meet and transport participants. Clear driving record is required


  •  Lived experience with homelessness

  • Motivational interviewing skills and training in Trauma-Informed Care

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Other cultural competencies that contribute to the agency’s effectiveness is serving diverse population

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills


  1. On-the-job training

  2. Brings fun and fulfillment to your life.

  3. Developing management skills

  4. Making our communities better to live and love 

  5. Learn how the best in the business do what they do

  6. Get an idea for their future career path

  7. Build self-confidence and develop a sense of responsibility

  8. Learn basic work skills such as collaboration,  interviewing and working with different colleagues

About us

We are 100% volunteer led team of passionate people who are to support and help the youth on the streets to go from thriving to surviving through care, compassionate, committed adults in our communities. We adhere to our values of Compassion, Community (engaging individuals, building alliances), Commitment, Hope, Trust, Love, Respect, and Integrity. We love to have fun enjoying every moment we have with team members, youth, and our communities. We would love to have you a part of this team.


Olympia, WA, USA

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