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-judgmental and holistic manner utilizing a harm reduction approach that focuses 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 disenfranchised youth while they are in crisis.
Essential Job Functions:
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
All Streetwork program sites and staff
All internal Safe Horizon programs and departments that can comprehensively support the client
All external agencies and organizations that can provide appropriate services to the client
Knowledge and Skills:
Valid New York State Driver’s License
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
Understanding of harm reduction perspective
Demonstrate the ability to work independently
GED or High School Diploma
Bachelor’s Degree in social services, creative arts, liberal studies or any field related to working with youth.
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.
At least 1 year working with the homeless population, youth, or harm reduction
At least 1 year working in an outreach program
Commitment to work evening and overnight shifts
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
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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…