Coordinator, Community Outreach - Streetwork

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Safe Horizon
New York, NY
Published 20 days ago


Streetwork Project is an innovative outreach-counseling program for homeless youth in Manhattan, which utilizes a harm reduction approach. Services include counseling, case management, peer education and outreach, HIV testing and prevention, drop-in center, support groups, needle exchange, acupuncture, mental health services, legal and medical care, and basic needs (hot meals, pantry, shower, laundry, clothing, and personal hygiene supplies). The Community Outreach component expands upon our existing services to enhance stability, skills and access to resources for youth. The Coordinator will work with youth to develop community connections in support educational, job readiness, and skills needed for healthy independent living.


Essential Job Functions:

  •  Learn and integrate a trauma-informed, client-centered approach, using an anti-oppressive lens, into your work with clients.
  • Provide workshops, groups and trainings in the area of Independent Living Skills (ILS);
  • Develop curricula for individualized and group ILS programming;
  • Serve as liaison with city-wide agencies offering job training, employment placement, and other resource options for clients;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with educational institutions available to clients;
  • Assist youth with job searches, interviewing skills, job performance skills, and job readiness and placement;
  • Development and maintenance of all program resources and referral contacts, including all Streetwork sites;
  • Development and up-keep of a central resource library; development of on- site resource library for all Streetwork sites;
  • Assisting counselors with selecting appropriate referral options;
  • Escorting clients to referrals, when appropriate;
  • Advocate with outside agencies and resource or entitlement programs on behalf of program clients;
  • Coordinate and facilitate community meetings with stakeholders with the aim of informing of RHY (Runaway & Homeless Youth) needs, disseminate information and cultivate resources and additional sources of support available for youth;
  • Attendance at staff trainings, staff meetings, and staff group process workshops;
  • Attend appropriate trainings in the community related to available resources, referral development, and independent living skills.


Secondary Job Functions:

  • Participate in biweekly supervision;
  • Network and establish contacts within the RHY and stakeholder community;
  • Provide assistance in the drop-in center, as needed for crisis counseling, assessments and intakes;
  • Perform related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.


Interacts with:

  •  Streetwork staff from all sites
  • Referral agencies
  • Key Stakeholders
  • DYCD (Department of Youth and Community Development) partners in RHY continuum of care


Required skills:

·       Experience with LGBTQ, homeless and street-involved youth populations required;

·       Group work experience 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 skill, excellent interpersonal and organization skills;

·       Genuine interest in working with disenfranchised youth and young adults;

·       Understanding of and ability to work from harm reduction perspective;

·       Demonstrated high levels of initiative and ability to work independently;

·       Excellent organizational, interpersonal and problem solving skills;


Preferred skills:

  • Spanish-speaking skills



  •  Bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 4 years of related work experience;
  •  Three years’ experience working with at-risk/homeless adolescents or two years of high-quality work demonstrated at Streetwork Project;
  • Two years specialized experience in the field of education, community outreach/organizing, job training or teaching independent living skills required;
  • Extensive knowledge of New York City resources and systems required;
  • Experience in public speaking/presentations.



  • Ability to work full-time and some evenings.


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

 AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply

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Streetwork Project is an innovative outreach-counseling program for homeless youth in Manhattan, which utilizes a harm reduction approach. Services include counseling, case management, peer education and outreach, HIV testing…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required


New York, NY, USA

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