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South Bronx United Inc. (SBU) is a sports-based youth development organization that uses soccer as a tool for social change. Its mission is to prepare youth to succeed in high school, college, careers, their community and beyond. SBU serves more than 1,100 boys and girls annually through programming on the field and in the classroom, including academic enrichment and tutoring, college prep, mentoring, leadership development, health and wellness, immigration legal services, and other individual and family supports. The majority of youth served are from immigrant families and many were board outside of the country. While the South Bronx has the nation’s highest poverty rate and low educational outcomes, SBU makes a significant difference in the lives of its youth. In the last five years, 100 percent of youth in the organization’s core program, the SBU Academy, have graduated high school, 92 percent have graduated in four years, and 94 percent have gone on to attend college.
South Bronx United seeks a Social Worker or Youth Counselor to help the organization meet the social-emotional needs of its youth; manage cases of at-risk and immigrant youth; refer youth and families to outside social services as needed; support outreach efforts and caseload for immigration screenings and legal services; and work with program staff to ensure the continuation of strong academic and social outcomes. The individual will work primarily with approximately 170 youth, ages 12-19, in the SBU Academy but also support outreach and social service referrals for other programming. Nearly all of these students served are from immigrant families, about 40 percent were born abroad, and approximately one-third are English Language Learners.
The Social Worker / Youth Counselor will work collaboratively with program staff, coach-mentors, and volunteers to achieve the organization’s mission and impact youth outcomes. Applicants with backgrounds in social work, mental health counseling, and youth case management are welcome to apply.
1. Provide social and emotional support to help youth develop into civic minded leaders.
• Manage individual youth cases, including meetings, referrals, and coordination with school, family, and other providers.
• Coordinating social, emotional, and behavioral interventions.
• Offering individual and group counseling for select youth.
• Planning and conducting workshops to promote character development and conflict resolution.
• Supporting leadership programs and activities.
2. Work with program staff to ensure youth meet academic, college preparatory, and social outcomes:
• Collecting and monitoring quantitative and qualitative data on attendance, behavior, and performance trends.
• Developing strategies to increase and maintain students’ engagement in academic programs.
• Instituting program-wide practices for individual goal setting.
• Conducting periodic interviews with youth to assess student progress and emerging needs.
• Collaborate with and supervise program volunteers, mentors, and junior staff in delivering youth programming and serving as youth mentors.
3. Support outreach efforts and caseload for immigration screenings and legal service:
• Complete training as for Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accreditation
• Work with Legal Services Coordinator to support youth through Immigration Court procedures
• Provide basic information to youth and families regarding potential avenues of immigration relief.
• Conduct immigration service related outreach and screenings to families and teenagers in SBU’s community programs.
4. Partner with external organizations and referring youth for outside services.
• Coordinate referrals for youth and families to outside agencies (including education, mental health, legal services, physical health).
• Build partnerships with community organizations that serve as youth resources.
• Manage relationships and facilitating communication with youth’s schools, teachers, and counselors in order to collect student data and communicate regarding youth attendance or other concerns.
5. Facilitate family/parent communication and involvement.
• Communicate with parents and families on issues and activities concerning their children.
• Organize family-oriented and community-based programs and events as needed (immigration seminar, health/wellness day, clothing/equipment drives).
• Coordinate family education and parent meetings.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The Youth Development Social Workers should meet the following requirements:
• MSW or LMHC with at least two years of experience in youth development or counseling is highly preferred. Candidates with significant youth development and/or case management experience will also be considered.
• Experience working closely with youth and families.
• Effective in multi-cultural and cross-cultural settings and understanding of individuals of all backgrounds.
• Interest in addressing immigration issues with youth and families
• Strong team and communication skills.
• Strong interpersonal, mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
• Ability to work in a fast paced environment and with a young, developing nonprofit organization.
• Flexible and adaptable to work in a variety of settings
• Strong administrative and computer skills.
• Familiarity with the South Bronx community or other neighboring communities is preferred.
• Spanish speaking is strongly preferred. French speaking is a plus.
Full-time, hours are aligned with programs which include two evenings during the school year and occasional weekend events.
Level of Language Proficiency
Spanish speaking is strongly preferred. French speaking is a plus.
Minimum Education Required