Hotline Phone Numbers

Domestic Violence Hotline:
800.621.HOPE (4673)

Crime Victims Hotline:
866.689.HELP (4357)

Rape & Sexual Assault Hotline:
212.227.3000

TDD phone number for all hotlines:
866.604.5350

Career Opportunities at Safe Horizon

Career Details
Position:Youth Advocate - Outreach
Category:DS
Type:EMP Employee
Term:FT
Reports To:Senior Director
Location:Uptown
Description:Streetwork Project is the oldest street outreach program for homeless and street-involved youth in New York City. The program has grown from its beginnings in 1984 as a storefront project to encompass both outreach and comprehensive harm reduction services. The core service is long-term, one-on-one counseling, which is offered in a non-judgemental and holistic manner utilizing a harm reduction approach that focues on building trust, fostering self-esteem, exploring options and choices, and empowering youth to change their high-risk behaviors.
As part of our continuum of services, we provide overnight outreach in teams of two seven nights a week (7 pm to 3 am), throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Outreach Youth Advocates work overnight hours to meet the most disenfranchized youth while they are in crisis.
Responsibilities:• Conduct overnight street outreach to homeless and street involved young people
• Crisis intervention and individual counseling
• Maintain all nightly data, records and documentation
• Provide information to homeless adolescents regarding shelter options and all other referrals
• Identification of new resources appropriate for population
• Maintain current sources of areas of congregation of homeless youth
• Assess individuals seeking assistance
• Escort homeless youth to appropriate services and provide transportation
• Serve as an advocate and liaison for clients negotiating the shelter system and other social service programs
• Advocate on behalf of under 18-year-old clients for Administration for Children’s Services support
• Participate in staff meetings, staff trainings, weekly supervision, and appropriate training workshops

Secondary Job Functions:

• Petty Cash reconciliation
• Identification of new resources appropriate for population
• Maintain current sources of areas of congregation of homeless youth
• Coordinate services with other Streetwork staff

Qualifications:• Compassionate approach to others and openness to new ideas
• Dynamic energy, able to multi-task and negotiate multiple requests
• Non-judgmental approach and ability to empathize with others
• Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
• Genuine interest in working with disenfranchised youth and young adults
• Experience working in a social services setting, OR Personal experience with street survival activities with three years separation from involvement in these activities.
• Deep understanding of the relationship between personal experience and professional standards.
• GED or High School Diploma\
• Valid driver’s license
• Must work overnight shift, 7:00pm- 2:00am


Desirable:

• Bi-lingual Spanish
• Understanding of harm reduction perspective
• Demonstrate the ability to work independently
• Bachelor’s Degree in social services, creative arts, liberal studies or any field related to working with youth.
• At least 1 year working with the homeless population, youth, or harm reduction
• At least 1 year working in an outreach program


All prospective job candidates must meet screening requirements, which includes a background check, finger printing and State Central Registry clearance.


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If hired, I agree to abide by all of Safe Horizon’s rules and regulations, and understand that, if employed, my employment may be terminated with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time, at the option of either the company or me. I further understand that no representation, whether oral or written by any representative or agent of the organization, at any time, constitutes a contract of employment
Education:High School Degree / G.E.D.
Salary:
Hours:Not Applicable
Days: N/A
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