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 - overnight
Category:DS
Type:EMP Employee
Term:FT
Reports To:Supervising Social Worker
Location:1868 Amsterdam Ave
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 operate an emergency housing program for homeless youth in NYC, Streetwork Overnight. The Overnight is a 24 bed facility for youth ages 16-21. It is open from 7 pm to 10 am 7 days a week. Residential Youth Advocates work overnight hours to support the youth while they are in our crisis shelter.

Responsibilities:• Engage adolescents into program structure (harm reduction philosophy, rules, mutual respect)
• Provide case management, prepare case records
• Maintain all nightly client records, files and documentation
• Intake and assess individuals seeking assistance
• Provide reparative interventions using a comprehensive harm reduction approach
• Facilitate access to daily living needs (food, clothes, hygiene supplies, space to rest)
• Provide information to homeless adolescents regarding shelter options
• Advocate on behalf of under 18-year-old clients for Administration for Children’s Services support
• Mediate internal conflicts
• Provide crisis intervention for residents
• Provide group facilitation and conduct educational presentations on HIV/AIDS, risk reduction and topics related to sub-populations of homeless youth
• Participate in staff meetings, staff trainings, and appropriate training workshops
• Serve as a advocate and liaison for clients negotiating the shelter system and other social service programs

Secondary Job Functions:

• Petty Cash reconciliation
• Identification of new resources appropriate for population
• Provide wellness and recreational (engagement) activities
• Coordinate services with other Streetwork staff and on-site legal, medical, and psychiatric service providers
• Meal Preparation

Qualifications:Required:

• Compassionate approach to others and openness to new ideas
• Dynamic energy, able to multi-task and negotiate multiple demands on attention
• 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 (homelessness, gangs, drug economy, sex industry) 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
• Commitment to work evening and overnight shifts
• Bi-lingual Spanish speaker

Desirable:

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

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


Safe Horizon is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals and endeavors to hire individuals of diverse races, colors, creeds, ethnicities, religions, genders, gender identities or expressions, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, national origins, disabilities, and citizen, marital, veteran and HIV statuses


Education:High School Degree / G.E.D.
Salary:$26,296 - $29,583
Hours:Not Applicable
Days: N/A
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