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Bridging the Gap is a peer service-based program, designed to directly support teens and young adults navigating transitions between systems of care and into adulthood via peer mentorship, job readiness coaching, leadership development, and specialized support for LGBTQ and traumatized youth. We are a federally (SAMHSA) funded five year initiative with the goal of enhancing the capacity of The Jewish Board to more effectively identify and engage NYC s Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth at risk of homelessness in its continuum of community based and residential trauma treatment.
Youth Development Specialists have lived experience facing and overcoming childhood adversities (examples include behavioral health challenges and treatment, participation in the child welfare system, and other youth-serving programs). Specialists will be part of a team-based approach to enhance program outreach, engagement and retention efforts to help program participants and their families stay connected to care. This is an emerging job role and Specialists will receive ongoing training, coaching and support.
Youth Development Specialists will provide engagement and support services to teens, young adults, and families identified through the Bridging the Gap program using some or all of the following strategies:
Provide one to one coaching and mentorship to youth
Facilitate educational and social support groups for youth
Provide outreach to promote engagement in Bridging the Gap services and events
Help connect youth and families to community services
Participate in community outreach and awareness activities with the team
Develop and practice advocacy skills through participation in program trainings and supervision
Learn about how to use lived experience and recovery to promote hope, recovery and resilience
Participate in the development of youth programming and services
Complete necessary documentation and data entry in accordance the Bridging the Gap program
Lived experience facing and overcoming childhood adversities. Common examples include: behavioral health challenges and treatment, participation in the child welfare system and other youth-serving programs, commercial sexual exploitation, and childhood trauma
HS diploma or GED
Prior work or structured volunteer work experience
Experience in one or more of the following fields is desired: recovery oriented services, child welfare systems, peer support/advocacy programs, or other participant run programs, sports leadership, youth leadership clubs or programs
Willingness to selectively and appropriately disclose personal recovery experiences for the purposes of youth engagement
Willingness to travel between programs and community settings
The ability to empathize with, relate to and effectively work with participants of behavioral health services
Good interpersonal communication and collaboration skills
Good organizational skills
Fluency in Spanish is helpful
We respect diversity and accordingly are an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, disability, sex, gender, gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
This applies with respect to recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, termination, assignments, benefits, employee activities, access to facilities and programs, and all other terms and condition of employment as well as general treatment during employment.
We will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of qualified employees with disabilities, without regard to any protected classifications, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. Any employees who need assistance to perform their job duties because of a physical or mental condition should contact human resources.
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