Community Access provides affordable housing and supportive services to individuals with psychiatric disabilities, histories of homelessness and substance use, families with histories of homelessness, and other low-income community members.
The Youth Advocate provides support services to youth to include assisting with defining personal, vocational and educational goals using a person-centered model that supports individuals in their recovery, hopes and opportunities.
Position Location: Bruckner Ave, Bronx New York
Position Type: Part-Time (24 hours / week) w/ Benefits
Salary: $18.00 (Hour)
Essential Job Function:
Provide outreach, advocacy and supportive services to assigned youth.
Develop and assist in implementing service plans determined by goals of program participants, including reviewing service plans with youth, identifying progress and revising plans as needed.
Work in collaboration with other staff in engaging youth, making sure their voice is heard in support service planning
Facilitate youth-focused support groups
Advocate for youth within the community to ensure their needs are being met
Organize and support age appropriate social, recreational, and educational activities for youth and their families
Provide support to youth at family team meetings and community meetings as appropriate
Share personal knowledge about the youth service system and resources available to children, young adults and families
Produce and maintain thorough, accurate and timely documentation, including charts and documentation of interactions with program participants, services provided, important information and/or events, and contacts with other agencies and service providers, as required by agency policies, and relevant contracts and regulatory agencies.
Assist program participants in advocating for quality care received from external service providers, including educating providers on special issues, etc.
Provide referrals for treatment for mental health concerns, substance use, and physical health problems, as dictated by program participants.
Assist program participants in identifying vocational and educational goals and opportunities, including assessment, support and follow-up.
Assist program participants with conflict resolution.
Utilize harm reduction strategies when working with individuals experiencing drug and/or alcohol related problems.
Provide outreach to program participants who are not indicating their goals or who are not engaged.
Provide crisis intervention, as necessary
Provide support and training on skill-building, including assertiveness, self-advocacy, socialization, and other skills on related issues.
Maintain quality service by establishing and reinforcing program/agency standards in all interactions with program participants.
Create or maintain a special project each year (e.g. participate in the advocacy department, coordinate an activity, participate in a committee, etc.)
Provide holiday, evening and weekend coverage, as necessary.
Provide coverage for non-assigned program participants, as needed.
Assist with training (after six months to a year) new staff on essential job functions.
Have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access.
Qualified candidate have experience receiving services from the children's behavioral health or other child-serving systems.
Minimum of high school diploma or equivalent (GED),
.Must be fingerprinted and cleared by the New York State Justice Center.
Commitment to recovery-oriented practice.
Be skilled in conflict mediation/negotiation and have an assertive approach to problem solving.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to utilize various computer programs, specifically Microsoft Word and Excel.
Be creative and flexible.
Show initiative and be responsible for follow through.
Ability to maintain confidential information, as related to position.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Bilingual Spanish-speaking, preferred.
Ability to walk up several flights of stairs.
Ability to work in the field (using public transportation).