Youth Outreach Program Worker, Turning the Tide

This is a term position to March 31, 2024, with the possibility of extension. There is a three month probationary period. To apply, send resume & cover letter to Nicole Davis, Operations Manager, Review of applications will begin November 26; applications accepted until 11:59 PM on Tuesday, December 7. 

Our goal is to be a diverse and inclusive team that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve. We encourage and prioritize applications from First Nations People, African Nova Scotians and other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community. If you are a member of one of the equity groups you are encouraged to self-identify in your covering letter or your resume.


Turning the Tide (TtT) has a range of programming informed by conversations with community members that contributes to the healthy development and well-being of children, youth, families, and communities. Turning the Tide is an initiative of Inspiring Communities, a not-for-profit organization based in Nova Scotia working to build collaborative relationships for social change.

Roles and Responsibilities: 

The Youth Outreach Worker at Turning the Tide will report to the Project Lead, and work closely with the Communities Building Youth Futures team through our youth programming at the Digby Area Youth Space. This position will support youth who face barriers in the community, in compliance with the Youth Outreach Program structured by the Department of Community Services. 

The Youth Outreach Program is a community-based program designed to improve the immediate and long-term social, educational/vocational, economic and health outcomes for youth who face barriers. The program addresses the essential needs of youth, which include: Housing, Financial Stability, Health, Emotional & Behavioural Development, Education, Family & Social Relationships, Identify, Community, and Self-care Skills. 

Specifically, they will do this by: 

  • Connecting with youth through the programming designed by the Communities Building Youth Futures team at Turning the Tide; identify youth who face barriers in the community to work one on one with 
  • Discussing and address concerns of youth; work one to one on a daily basis 
  • Providing peer support, mentoring, coaching, conflict resolution to youth 
  • Engaging youth through programming that will support them to achieve their goals
  • Building relationships with local organizations, schools, social workers, and community groups engaging with youth; working to identify and connect with at-risk youth and support them one to one and in small groups to meet their goals 
  • Encouraging and empowering youth to get involved in their school and communities; providing the supports needed to access spaces, resources, and programming


Program Coordination 

  • Coordinate activities of the Youth Outreach Program 
  • Adhere to privacy protocols in keeping with the obligations to protect privacy of clients (age 12-24) and based on understanding of working with Vulnerable Client Populations
  • Develop work plans/programming to meet the needs of the youth 

Partnerships and Collaboration

  • Partner and collaborate with Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF) Coordinator on areas of alignment in programming 
  • Collaborate across IC with team members in the organization
  • Build relationships – in mentorship roles with youth, and across organizations. 

Learning and Development

  • Participate in all learning activities of Turning the Tide and Inspiring Communities as a member of staff 
  • Develop skills to offer up to date, research based, culturally relevant individual and group based activities, workshops, and programs in a way that youth understand and connect 

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

  • Design and deliver practices and programs that recognize and respect diversity and promote inclusion
  • Recognize the value that different perspectives and cultures offer, and foster discussions where disparate perspectives are encouraged and welcomed.


  • Prepare quarterly program activity reports and an annual program report with support from the Turning the Tide Project Lead. 


The ideal candidate will have: 

  • College, undergraduate degree or diploma in social services, social work, Psychology, ECE, or Child and Youth studies, community development or a related field. Equivalent experience may be considered 
  • At least 1 year of experience working with youth who face barriers due to marginalization

Credentials required: 

  • Emergency first aid and CPR
  • Valid driver’s licence required; must have a reliable vehicle – travel required
  • Child Abuse registry check,  Criminal Record check, Vulnerable sector check

Salary: $46,900 per annum


The Turning the Tide office is located in Digby, NS. The Youth Outreach Worker will also work out of the Digby Area Youth Space, and be required to travel to work with youth to meet their needs. All Covid-19 policies set by Inspiring Communities and the public health mandates must be adhered to while working. The role will maintain standard office hours with the need to work evenings and weekends or on call request, as required to accommodate the needs of youth. The position may require travel across Nova Scotia.


Digby, NS

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