Think of Us (TOU) operates as an R+D lab for child welfare. We take on strategic - and opportunistic - projects with the goal of causing “good trouble” and ultimately, driving concrete, structural changes in policy, practice, resource flows, power dynamics, relationships and mental models.
Our ultimate goal is to build proximity so that those with Lived Experience in child welfare (former foster youth and those surrounding them) are fully integrated into every level and every decision of the system, ensuring everyone touched by child welfare has the conditions they need to Heal, Develop and Thrive.
We work across the ecosystem of current and former foster youth, child welfare workers, philanthropists and policymakers to Spark, Support and Drive to change the power dynamics to systematically center those with lived experience in child welfare.
As part of our Flagship Initiative, we are testing free virtual assistance service for kinship families and current and former foster youth.
The Community Responder serves as a personal assistant - helping to research, call and vet resources based on what individuals tell us they need. The Responder also researches and builds our directory of resources (traditional AND non-traditional!), including partnerships with virtual solutions beyond the scope of traditional child welfare (e.g. education coaching, telehealth and more).
Centering the lived experience is core to everything we do, so experience with the child welfare system – professionally or personally –and living in one of our target regions is required.
In addition to the above, we are structuring this role to be a learning and growth opportunity for the Community Responder - you will receive extensive support, guidance, coaching, and mentorship from our organization. During this period, Responders will receive:
This role is full-time through September 30, 2022 with a possibility of extending as the initiative evolves with a competitive salary of $45,000.