WORKING AS AN ADVOCATE

YAP advocates come from all walks of life and make a huge difference to the lives of Young People. The training and experience YAP Ireland provide also opens-up opportunities for advocates to become skilled and experienced at working within their community in a strengths-based way.YAP advocates are employed under a Fixed Purpose Contracts and are paid an hourly rate to provide a one-to-one service to Young People and Families for up to 15 hours per week.

Not having a professional qualification is not a barrier to working as a YAP advocate. We look for people with a wide range of experiences who have some experience of working with young people either in a paid or voluntary capacity and most importantly are passionate about working with and supporting young people and families to achieve their goals.

The Role Of An Advocate Is To:

  • To build a trusting relationship with young people & parents /carers
  • To work with young people and families to achieve their goals
  • To identify and link young people and families with the appropriate community supports
  • To support young person to identify their interests and support parent with parenting

As An Advocate You Need To Be:

  • A good listener and a positive role model
  • Available for flexible working hours, evenings and weekends
  • Interested in your community and want to make a difference
  • Have a full driving license and access to your own transport

Advocates report to Team Leaders and with their support develop a strengths based, needs-led Individual Service Plan (ISP) with the young person and family.

Following interviews and training, successful candidates form a panel for consideration throughout year Advocates are required to get Garda Clearance/ and overseas clearance if necessary.

When an Advocate is matched to a young person, they are required to attend fortnightly supervisions and monthly team meetings.

HELP US CHANGE LIVES

The training and experience gained by Advocates through employment with YAP Ireland has long-term beneficial outcomes for you and your communities.

WHAT WE DO
BECOME AN ADVOCATE