Overview: The Door is an unparalleled model for youth development, offering a comprehensive range of integrated services within a single site for nearly 10,000 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.
Outreach Workers will engage in face to face encounters with young people using the Christopher Street Pier and other neighborhoods where homeless youth congregate, during the hours of 10pm-2am with the goal of facilitating a safe transition to young people’s second destination when Pier 45 closes. Outreach workers will be insightful professionals concerned with the well-being of young people using the Pier and West Village neighborhood as a safe space to express their identities as well as de-escalate tensions arising from cultural differences between members of the West Village Community. Outreach worker will also provide “inreach” services as part of The Door’s Drop-in program once a week.
- Facilitate safe and respectful transition from Pier to second destination after Pier 45 closes.
- Establish rapport with young people based on consistency and helpful interventions/conversations.
- Provide crisis intervention when needed.
- Provide referral information for LGBT youth programming and social activities in NYC, as well as homeless youth services.
- Engage in community conversations/networking with other stake holders (i.e. police, residents, service providers).
- Complete all required documentation
- Maintain and prepare crisis food packages, safer sex kits, and hygiene supplies
- Attend training at The Door pertaining to outreach encounter strategies.
- Adhere to professional boundaries between self and youth.
- Meet weekly with Supervisor for planning and evaluation.
- Provide “inreach” Drop-in services such as monitoring front desk, showers, laundry, crisis clothing distribution, assisting with group activities, and providing behavior management as needed.
- Complete other relevant duties as requested by supervisor.
- High School diploma or HSE required
- Knowledge of LGBT youth issues and history of Christopher Street Pier
- Experience working with at-risk street involved youth
- Commitment to professionalism and ability to maintain a professional attitude as a staff representative of the Door
- Ability to engage young people in conversations about sexuality and HIV/STIs
- Familiarity with homeless youth issues
- Knowledge of the NYC youth-service system
- Training in youth empowerment philosophy and harm reduction
- Proficiency in Spanish, French or Mandarin strongly preferred
- Training in de-escalation/ conflict mediation
Hours: 13 hours per week, Mondays 2pm-7pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10pm-2am
Salary: $18-20 per hour
Contact: Submit cover letter and resume to the link below (No phone calls please) APPLY