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.

Peer Navigators are responsible for providing peer support services to youth ages 18-25 years of age who are experiencing homelessness, housing instability or have run away at our Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) Drop-in Center (DIC). These positions are charged with building connections with Youth and Young Adults (YYA) at the DIC site and assisting in needs identification, solution brainstorming, and self-advocacy at all levels. This position supports YYA in gaining control over their lives and in fostering positive community connections, with specific emphasis on supporting the DIC Housing Navigators in connecting YYA with permanent housing resources.  The ideal candidate will identify as someone who experienced homelessness as a YYA and is passionate about using their own lived experience with homelessness to support their peers.


  • Share personal struggles and lived experience to provide peer support to YYA DIC participants and helping them navigate the system(s) they participate in and/or are trying to access (mental health, public benefits, NYC shelter system, education, permanent housing, etc.).
  • Act as a credible messenger to assist DIC participants in connecting with and staying engaged with DIC programs and services.
  • Complete trainings developed for Peer Navigators.
  • Support the DIC Housing Navigators in successfully referring YYA to permanent housing resources.
  • Engage and build relationships with YYA during DIC hours.
  • Monitoring physical and emotional safety, appropriateness, and engagement of youth participants at DIC, and interrupting oppressive and inappropriate behavior.
  • Empower YYA to advocate for themselves, set goals and implement achievable steps towards reaching them.
  • Organize and execute meetings or communication regarding support, resources, and crisis intervention as applicable.
  • Provide culturally responsive assistance to each youth utilizing evidence-based practices including Positive Youth Development, Trauma-informed Care and Harm Reduction.
  • Participate in treatment team meetings, service plan reviews, intake meetings and discharge conferences to represent the needs and best interest of program participants.
  • Other duties as are assigned.


  • Minimum High School diploma.
  • Lived experience with homelessness or housing instability as a youth required.
  • Ability to travel and willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed required.
  • Willingness to update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining professional networks, and attending trainings required.
  • Ability to communicate well with others and motivate individuals towards personal goals required.
  • Track record of previous employment or volunteer work that demonstrates responsibility and mastery of basic employment skills a plus.
  • Knowledge of computer systems required.

Work Schedule: Full time, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm or 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, some Saturdays required, 35 hours per week.

Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus a generous benefits package

Contact: Submit resume and cover letter to: APPLY


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 opportunity employer 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.