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Youth Peer Advocate

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Position: Youth Peer Advocate

Supervisor: Program Director

Overview: University Settlement partners with 40,000 New Yorkers on the Lower East Side and in Brooklyn every year to build on their strengths as they achieve healthy, stable, and remarkable lives. For over 130 years, we’ve collaborated with our neighbors to pioneer highly effective programs that fight poverty and systemic inequality. Established in 1886 as the first Settlement House in the United States, we bring the values of that movement into the 21st century by meeting New Yorkers where they live, listening deeply to all perspectives, engaging with every individual holistically, and creating space for people to organize. Joining together with our neighbors to advocate for justice and equality, we help build community strength.

We work with New Yorkers of all ages. We infuse a commitment to civic engagement, equity, and communal action into each of our programs, which include early childhood education, mental health and wellness, benefits assistance and eviction prevention, adult literacy and education, healthy aging, community and recreation centers, performing and visual arts, and youth development.

University Settlement’s continuum of services for children and families serves families throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Family and Peer Support Program is a new program that will serve families and children throughout Manhattan through a Network of Alliance Partners. The Youth Peer Advocate will work directly with youth facing challenges with the goal of supporting their access to services and completion of personal goals.

Youth Peer Advocate: will have first-hand experience with social/emotional, medical or substance use challenges and/or experience in the juvenile justice system, special education and /or foster care. This person is trained and credentialed to provide the support services above or complete credentialing within 18 months.

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Assist youth with identifying needs, strengths, challenges, and developing goals and care plans for themselves
  • Work with 85 unduplicated children and youth annually
  • Facilitate groups and hold individual one-on-one peer support sessions focusing on engagement and supporting participants’ ability to navigate youth serving systems (schools, foster care, mental health, juvenile justice, etc.), meet their goals and support stronger relationships with caregivers
  • Provide groups and workshops on self-care and wellness, resiliency and skill development including stress and anger management and coping strategies
  • Promote and support the development of self-advocacy and the ability to navigate systems.
  • Coach and model shared decision-making and skills to support collaboration with caregivers and other supportive individuals (teachers, coaches, relatives, etc.)
  • Accompany youth and families to meeting and appointments as needed
  • Support and encourage family and youth participation in community, regional state, national activities to develop their leadership skills. Encourage civic stewardship
  • Attend school meetings as needed. Promote education including post-high school and career planning.
  • Connect youth to support systems within their own community.
  • Conduct outreach and participate in community events.
  • Help youth to improve social skills and become more involved in leisure and recreational activities as well as connect them to faith-based institutions and cultural activities and organizations.
  • Make referrals for needed services and additional supports as needed.
  • Document and report on all outcomes and goals in electronic data base as required by the program.
  • Attend regular supervision meetings, staff meetings, trainings and program related meetings as required.
  • Participate in community level committees/forums to represent the youth's perspective and influence policy.
  • Perform other duties assigned by supervisor

Qualifications

  • Must have a minimum of a High-School degree or HSE
  • Two years of relevant experience and be a Certified Peer Leader within 18 months of hire.
  • Must be between the 18 and 30 years of age and have self-identified as a person who has first-hand experience with social, emotional, medical/developmental, substance use, experience in the juvenile justice system, special education and /or foster care
  • Proven ability to effectively outreach and engage peers
  • Knowledge or community resources and experience navigating serving systems
  • Proficient in Office 365 and ability to document all case activity in electronic case record system
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, Chinese, Creole, or Bengali

Hours of Operation Flexible

35 hours per week- Generally 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday with at least one evening until 8PM, some Saturdays and Holidays. Must be able to work flexible hours based on the needs of families.

Salary: Low to mid 30s, plus generous benefits

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 employment opportunity 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.

Position: Youth Peer Advocate

Supervisor: Program Director

Overview: University Settlement partners with 40,000 New Yorkers on the Lower East Side and in Brooklyn every year to build on their strengths as they achieve healthy, stable, and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    High School Diploma Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual in English and Spanish , Chinese, Creole, or Bengali

Bilingual in English and Spanish , Chinese, Creole, or Bengali

Location

On-site
184 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, United States

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