Youth Advocate Streetwork - Outreach

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


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-judgemental and holistic manner utilizing a harm reduction approach that focues 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 disenfranchized youth while they are in crisis.

Essential Job Functions:


              Conduct overnight street outreach to homeless and street involved young people

              Crisis intervention and individual counseling

               Maintain all nightly data, records and documentation

               Provide information to homeless adolescents regarding shelter options and all other referrals

               Identification of new resources appropriate for population

               Maintain current sources of areas of congregation of homeless youth

               Assess individuals seeking assistance

               Escort homeless youth to appropriate services and provide transportation

               Serve as an advocate and liaison for clients negotiating the shelter system and other social service programs

               Advocate on behalf of under 18-year-old clients for Administration for Children’s Services support

               Participate in staff meetings, staff trainings, weekly supervision, and appropriate training workshops


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


Interacts with:           


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




Bi-lingual Spanish

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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Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

High School