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TO Wards Peace Violence Disruption Worker

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Rexdale Community Health Centre (RCHC) is a non-profit, multi-service, community-based
organization that serves communities in Rexdale and North-West Etobicoke. Operating out of three
locations, RCHC offers core services that include; primary health care, health promotion, community
development programs, Pathways to Education and Diabetes Education Centre.
Website: https://rexdalechc.com

Founded in 2007, the Youth Association for Academics, Athletics and Character Education
(Y.A.A.A.C.E) is a community organization that seeks to engage children and youth from all
communities – particularly those that are marginalized and under-resourced through participation in
year-round comprehensive programming and activities (academics, athletics, recreation, technology,
and the arts). with a mission to use strength-based approaches to advocate for and create safer
communities through programs and services that are accessible and culturally reflective and build
capacity in all children and youth.
Website: http://yaaace.com/

TO Wards Peace Project (TWP) is a risk driven, community-centric interruption model that takes a
public health approach to interrupting and intervening in community violence. This model leverages
the lived experience of affected communities to develop and implement effective community
engagement approaches, innovative communication tools, social media strategies and focused
investment geared at violence prevention and interruption. The integrated approach will combine
community based, social media and hospital-based violence interventions. RCHC in partnership with
YAAACE, the City of Toronto and other partners will oversee the development and implementation of
the initiative in Jane Finch.

The model features intervention services led by Violence Disruption Workers who have lived
experience and knowledge of working in racialized communities, which strengthens their capacity to
build rapport and constructively intervene with youth most vulnerable to being involved in serious
violence and crime. Staff will perform some of the work in an office environment but mainly in
community, they will utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills to mitigate safety risks and
interrupt conflict within specified geographical areas. By engaging and developing trusting
relationships with youth in their cohort, Violence Disruption Workers will support the building of their
capacity/skills, setting life goals, connecting them to a relevant and culturally appropriate spectrum of
services and shifting their views around community violence.
We are looking for individuals that demonstrate a commitment to making positive change to
themselves, the youth they serve and community.
Major Responsibilities:
Administrative:
 Manage a caseload of 10 individuals and co design support and goal setting plans to address
clients immediate needs
 Access a spectrum of culturally appropriate and relevant services
 Facilitate and support partnerships and collaborative work that benefit youth and their families.
 Work with diverse communities to develop resources for supporting well-being.
 Make appropriate referrals to TWP social workers and other appropriate community services
 Participate in mandatory training and personal capacity building activities
 Required participation in therapeutic group sessions and regular one on one sessions to
support personal wellbeing
 Collaborate with the TWP team to inform the development, design and delivery of the initiative
 Communicate and be responsive to Program Lead and other members of the initiative
 Documentation of engagements with youth and conflicts resolved within a determined note
taking system.
 Engage with the evaluation team to inform the reporting and evaluation of the initiative
 Collaborate with online social media intervention models and hospital-based interventions
where appropriate
 Work within the approved scope of work for the initiative
 Work collaboratively with intervention team, youth and their families to develop a customized
care coordination plan
 Conduct intake and assessments in collaboration with Program Lead
Outreach and Engagement:
 Establish strong collaborative partnerships with all stakeholders and community partners
 Build and cultivate relationships with potential partners for supports and services that meet the
needs of our clients
 Build awareness of the TO Wards Peace Initiative, along with the portfolio of services we
provide through community education, including but not limited to facilitating presentations,
workshops, and other public education and engagement events.
 Support and collaborate with Senior Management and Management to identify priorities and
develop programs and partnerships.
 Participate and contribute to agency committees and initiatives that are related to the role
 Work collaboratively with school boards to support students through a pathway/journey which
will positively affect their educational aspirations.
 Collaborate with the Communications/ Social media team to develop key messages that inform
the work of the organization.
 Maintain records and well documented notes in a timely fashion, for the purposes of producing
reports that demonstrate the accountability of the organization.
 Participate and contribute insights to community committees and groups.
 Model and engage in critical reflection and anti-oppressive and equitable practice during all
interactions.
 Conduct direct community-based engagement and outreach in Jane Finch, and establish a
presence with youth in the local neighborhoods
 Provide in-person mentorship, supports and connections to resources for youth who are
impacted by gun/gang violence, incarceration, grief/trauma//loss, exposure to community
violence
 Identify risk factors and pivotal points of interruption to prevent escalation and reduce the
impact of violence
 Identify and strategically intervene in situations that could result in severe community violence
(i.e., retaliation, targeting, etc.)
 Utilize restorative justice practices to de-escalate conflicts and encourage resolutions
 Building and maintaining healthy and constructive relationships with cohorts, their families and
community partners
 Maintain awareness of historical and newly emerging community tensions, conflicts, alliances,
etc.
 Perform other duties as required, including providing coverage for other team members
Key Qualifications:
Education and Preferred Knowledge:
 Completion of High School or equivalent
 Lived experiences of incarceration, street culture, and/or community violence through exposure
 Practical experience providing direct support and/or program delivery to youth vulnerable to
involvement in serious violence and crime
 Knowledge and understanding of gun/gang violence, violence interruption and intervention
strategies and conflict resolution
 Experience and understanding of the historical context and landscape of community and gun
violence in the city of Toronto, with an in depth understanding of the Rexdale community
 Experience working with hard-to-reach youth
 Understanding of the barriers and challenges faced by racialized communities
 General knowledge of community and social service resources, in particular services for youth
in the Jane Finch community
 Knowledge and understanding of systems navigation (e.g., education system, justice system,
Toronto Housing, incarceration, etc.)
Required Skills and Abilities
 Ability to work independently or as part of a larger team, while balancing multiple priorities
 Ability to work a flexible work schedule including evenings and weekends
 Experience and sensitivity working with diverse populations and stakeholders
 Strong ABR (Anti-black racism) and anti-oppression lens
 Strong connection to the Jane Finch community
 Ability to manage confidential content and work in a discreet manner
 Strong and demonstrated ability to form relationships with individuals while maintaining healthy
boundaries
 Strong interpersonal, leadership, partnership development, and networking skills
 Effective documentation, communication and organizational skills
 Knowledge of positive youth development principles and strategies
 Experience in community development an asset
 Experience with traditional, non-traditional, formal and informal outreach strategies aimed at
youth
Note:
 Applicants are required to demonstrate in their applications that their qualifications for the position
match those specified.
 The selection process for this position will consist of an interview for selected applicants.
 A criminal record check will be a required, however, it should not be a deterrent from applying
 Rexdale Community Health Centre which oversees the TO Wards Peace initiative may require all
persons working or affiliated with RCHC to be vaccinated by the end of the year. Details
surrounding this policy are being confirmed. Successful candidates will be updated
Duration: Six (6) Months Contract with possibility of extension
Hours of Work: 30 hours/week, requires evenings and weekends
Salary Range: $40,560 – $49,920 annually + Benefits
Reports to: TO Wards Peace Program Lead
Application Due Date: May 30th, 2024
Please apply in confidence to:
YAAACE Information
Via email: info@yaaace.com
Please quote “TWP” in the subject line.
We would like to thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for interviews will be
contacted. No phone calls, please.
Rexdale CHC strives to create a respectful, accessible, and inclusive work environment. Upon
individual request, hiring processes will be modified to remove barriers to accommodate those with
disabilities. Should any applicant require accommodation through the application, interview, or
selection processes please contact Ardavan Eizadirad aeizadirad@Yaaace.com for assistance.
Rexdale Community Health Centre is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and
inclusion. All qualified candidates for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender, national origin, age, disability, protected veterans’ status or any other legally
protected grounds will be considered.
Please note this is a unionized environment-UFCW Locals 175 and 63

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