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Overview:

The Door is an unparalleled model for youth development, offering a comprehensive range of integrated services within a single site for nearly 11,000 New York City youth each year. Our mission is to empower young adults to reach their full potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. At The Door, youth can access health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, college preparation services, career development, housing supports, arts, sports and recreational activities, and nutritious meals – all for free and under one roof. By providing participants with our suite of integrated services, we seek to provide any motivated young person with the tools, resources, and opportunities needed to successfully transition to adulthood.

The Door’s mission is to empower young people ages 12-21 to reach their potential by providing accessible, comprehensive youth development services – health care, counseling, education, legal services, the arts and recreation – in a diverse and supportive environment. The Family and Peer Support Program is a new program that will serve families and children throughout Manhattan through a Network of Alliance Partners. The Youth Peer Advocate will work directly with youth facing challenges with the goal of supporting their access to services and completion of personal goals.

Youth Advocate: will have first-hand experience with social/emotional, medical or substance use challenges and/or experience in the juvenile justice system, special education and /or foster care.  This person is trained and credentialed to provide the support services above or complete credentialing within 18 months.

Responsibilities/Duties 

  • Assist youth with identifying needs, strengths, challenges, and developing goals and care plans for themselves
  • Work with 85 unduplicated children and youth annually
  • Facilitate groups and hold individual one-on-one peer support sessions focusing on engagement and supporting participants’ ability to navigate youth serving systems (schools, foster care, mental health, juvenile justice, etc.), meet their goals and support stronger relationships with caregivers
  • Provide groups and workshops on self-care and wellness, resiliency and skill development including stress and anger management and coping strategies
  • Promote and support the development of self-advocacy and the ability to navigate systems.
  • Coach and model shared decision-making and skills to support collaboration with caregivers and other supportive individuals (teachers, coaches, relatives, etc.)
  • Accompany youth and families to meeting and appointments as needed
  • Support and encourage family and youth participation in community, regional state, national activities to develop their leadership skills. Encourage civic stewardship
  • Attend school meetings as needed.  Promote education including post-high school and career planning.
  • Connect youth to support systems within their own community.
  • Conduct outreach and participate in community events.
  • Help youth to improve social skills and become more involved in leisure and recreational activities as well as connect them to cultural activities and organizations.
  • Make referrals for needed services and additional supports as needed.
  • Document and report on all outcomes and goals in electronic data base as required by the program.
  • Attend regular supervision meetings, staff meetings, trainings and program related meetings as required.
  • Participate in community level committees/forums to represent the youth’s perspective and influence policy.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications 

  • Must have a minimum of a High-School degree or HSE
  • Two years of relevant experience and be a Certified Peer Leader within 18 months of hire.
  • Must be between the 18 and 30 years of age and have self-identified as a person who has first-hand experience with social, emotional, medical/developmental, substance use, experience in the juvenile justice system, special education and /or foster care
  • Proven ability to effectively outreach and engage peers
  • Knowledge of community resources and experience navigating service systems
  • Proficient in Office 365 and ability to document all case activity in electronic case record system
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred

Hours of Operation Flexible 

Work Schedule: Full time, 35 hours per week- Generally 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Must be able to work flexible hours based on the needs of youth and families.

Salary: Low to Mid $30s, plus generous benefits

Contact: Submit resume and cover letter to APPLY:

COVID -19 POLICY

The Door and Broome Street Academy follow the CDC and NYS recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Door and Broome Street Academy are now requiring all new hires to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have a qualified exemption

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to our organization. We are an equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.