AIM is an intensive mentoring and advocacy program serving adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 who are on juvenile probation or facing institutional placement as a result of a Family Court disposition. The Advocate/Mentor works in Brooklyn's East New York neighborhood with a cohort of four mentees providing intensive in-home and community support, guidance and crisis intervention.
Good Shepherd Services is a leading youth development, education and family service agency with more than 85 programs that serve over 30,000 children, youth and families each year. We give vulnerable youth in New York City the opportunity to take ownership of their future. Voted one of the top 100 places to work in NYC by Crain's New York, Good Shepherd Services offers a fantastic work environment, a collaborative team dedicated to fulfilling our mission, and an amazing array of benefits. Join our team and help make a difference!
REPORTS TO: Program Director, AIM
LOCATION:692 Blake Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11207
HOURS: 35 Hours/Week; Non-Exempt ( Non-Traditional Hours including evenings and weekends)
Serve as mentor for 4 court-involved young adults aged 13-18, who are on juvenile probation or facing institutional placement as a result of a Family Court disposition.
Provide intensive in home supports and guidance to mentees and family members.
Work with mentees and family members to develop healthy communication skills and coping mechanisms.
Work with mentees to develop goals and reflect on current decision making process.
Escort mentees to school, court, DOP meetings and other required engagements.
Make referrals to appropriate community resources for mentees and family members.
Participate in rotating mentor on-call schedule and respond to mentees and family members during crisis situations
Create opportunities for participants to maximize their potential through provision of engaging programming, high expectations, and quality services.
Meet with Project Director for bi-weekly supervision.
Participate in case conferences and staff meetings.
Communicate with DOP Probation Officers as appropriate
Use internal and external databases as required.
Implement and integrate the principles and procedures of Solution Based Casework: assessment, family and individual level outcomes, action plans and documentation and celebration.
Actively participate in case consultation, continued SBC training and the SBC certification process.
Participate in development and implementation of processes that ensure integration of participant feedback in program planning.
Participate in agency work groups and committees.
Participate in all DOP training and technical assistance sessions.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience and comfort working with court-involved young adults.
Bilingual, English Spanish preferred.
Prior justice involvement preferred.
Familiarity with East New York community and challenges faced by young adults living there.
Experience working with families preferred.
Familiarity with strength-based/youth development principles.
Ability to work evenings and weekends.
All staff are expected to be committed to the mission, vision, and values of Good Shepherd Services, which includes involvement in quality improvement activities and a willingness and ability to work within a culturally diverse environment.
Good Shepherd Services is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, participants, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.