Program Youth Coach - Opportunities for Youth (OFY)

Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project


Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, a program of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc., is a non-profit law firm which provides community education and legal representation to Southern California’s most vulnerable immigrant communities for over 10 years. Esperanza provides legal representation to immigrants who are in detention and/or removal proceedings, and focuses on particularly complex immigration cases which may involve unaccompanied minors, adults with mental health issues, and cases with past criminal or gang history. Esperanza also provides community education programming and pro se assistance to immigrants in removal proceedings both in detained and non-detained settings. Under the Opportunities for Youth (OFY) Program, Esperanza will proudly provide social services to unaccompanied minors. More information can be found about Esperanza at .

Esperanza seeks an enthusiastic part-time Program Youth Coach for the Opportunities for Youth (OFY) Program. OFY is a new and exciting project aimed at providing post-placement services to Unaccompanied Minors that promote safety, support reunification with their sponsors and integration into their new communities. As part of OFY, the Program Youth Coach will Program Youth Coach will help carry out the mentorship and coaching portion of the project. The Program Youth Coach will provide Unaccompanied Minor youth with coaching, training and support, where appropriate, to ensure culturally responsive approaches to problem solving for youth and their family. The position will participate in the development and facilitating of youth-centered programming that focus on independent living skills, identifying goals and celebrating success. The Youth Program Coach will report to the Case Manager and work under the supervision of the Program Manager for Released Youth. The Program Youth Coach will work collaboratively on a team with a case manager, program navigator and family workshop provider.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Receive referrals from the case manager and program navigator.
• Listen, support and assist youth with integrating into their new communities.
• Consult with professionals regarding vulnerabilities and strengths of youth.
• Identify and develop youth-centered mentoring and coaching opportunities for youth.
• Engage youth in activities that empathize the development of independent living skills, as well as personal and professional development.
• Provide monthly mentoring or coaching activities.
• Organize and carry out periodic activities and so that youth can learn about their communities while celebrating their cultural heritage.
• Provide socio-emotional support according to needs and encourage youth’s participation in enrichment activities largely in a group setting.
• Encourage youth to identify goals and foster opportunities to celebrate success.
• Work collaboratively with team for ongoing evaluation of effectiveness of the Individual Success Plan and progress.
• Maintain updated records, including case management files and reporting databases, to ensure confidentiality and compliance with monitoring standards.
• Document service contacts.
• Assist with developing written protocols and procedures.
• Participate in relevant trainings and meetings as assigned.
• Perform related duties as required.


• Minimum education is a Bachelor’s degree in social or human services or related field from an accredited or state approved college or university preferred. At least one to three years in a social service setting or human services experience is highly desirable.
• The ideal candidate will have experience working with and within immigrant communities in California and working knowledge of the challenges and limitations in accessing services.
• Experience working with vulnerable client populations, particularly with children, families, or clients with trauma history is a huge plus;
• A strong record of intercultural responsiveness, sensitivity and awareness, and cross-cultural communication skills.
• Experience working with a diverse team of social service providers and advocating on behalf of clients.
• Meticulous attention to detail;
• Experience working at a non-profit organization preferred;
• Excellent client communication skills;
• Spanish language fluency is required and will be tested at time of interview, those that speak and indigenous Mayan language are highly encouraged to apply;
• Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under pressure required;
• Willingness to be a team-player with an attitude and aptitude for collaboration;
• Strong typing and computer skills including MS Word, Excel, Mail Merges, etc.
• Passion for social justice for immigrants and vulnerable communities required.


Our office is located at 1530 James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015.

Employment Type

Part Time, Non-Exempt.


Depends on experience (D.O.E.) + generous benefits package, including health, dental, vision, sick and vacation time, and 10 paid holidays/year. All new hires are subject to a 6 month probationary period.


Position open until filled, early applications are encouraged.

How to Apply

Simultaneously email cover letter, resume and at least 2 references.

(1) Catholic Charities of Los Angeles Human Resources Department; P.O. Box 15095, Los Angeles, CA 90015, and

(2) Mercedes Nunez Roldan, Program Manager for the Released Youth Program, Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, In email subject line, please place your full name, and the position you are applying for. 1530 James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015.

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please. Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer.

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.  No phone calls please.  Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer.


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