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Youth Development Coach in Manhattan at The Jewish Board

Date Posted: 10/13/2018

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Job Description


Bridging the Gap is a federally (SAMHSA) funded five year initiative designed to enhance the capacity of The Jewish Board to more effectively identify and engage NYC’s Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth at risk of homelessness in its continuum of community based and residential trauma treatment.

The Youth Development Coach has lived experience facing and overcoming childhood adversities (examples include behavioral health challenges and treatment, participation in the child welfare system, and other youth-serving programs).  The coach will be part of a team-based approach to enhance program outreach, engagement and retention efforts to help teen and young adult participants and their families stay connected to care. This is an emerging job role and the Coach will receive ongoing training, coaching and support.


The Youth Development Coach will provide engagement and support services to teens, young adults, and families identified through the Bridging the Gap program using some or all of the following strategies:

Provide direct support to teens and young adults


Job Requirements

  • Meet with youth for one to one coaching and mentoring sessions
  • Facilitate educational and social support groups for youth
  • Develop and facilitate job readiness and financial literacy activities and programming
  • Collaborate with treatment teams to help youth identify and reach goals
  • Provide outreach to promote engagement in Bridging the Gap services and events
  • Participate in program and community based events, activities, and vocational services
  • connections with youth who leave treatment in order to promote their recovery Provide coaching and support to Youth Development Specialists
    • Facilitate Peer Advisory Group
    • Provide onboarding and ongoing support to Youth Development Specialists
    • Assist with the recruitment of Youth Development Specialists
  • Build and strengthen connections with Jewish Board and community programs
    • Help connect youth and families to community services
    • Participate in community outreach and awareness activities with the team
    • Attend Project Advisory Group meetings
  • Develop range of advocacy skills through participation in program training and supervision
    • Learn about how to use lived experience and recovery to promote hope, recovery and resilience
    • Add lived experience voice to program training and outreach materials
    • Participate in training, supervisory meetings, and individual supervision
    • Participate in the development of youth programming and services
  • Complete necessary documentation and data entry in accordance the Bridging the Gap program
  • Lived experience facing and overcoming childhood adversities. Common examples include: behavioral health challenges and treatment, participation in the child welfare system and other youth-serving programs, commercial sexual exploitation, and childhood trauma
  • HS diploma or GED
  • At least one year of experience providing peer advocacy or support services
  • Experience in one or more of the following fields is desired: recovery oriented services, child welfare systems, peer support/advocacy programs, or other participant run programs, sports leadership, youth leadership clubs or programs
  • Willingness to selectively and appropriately disclose personal recovery experiences for the purposes of youth engagement
  • Willingness to travel between programs and community settings
  • The ability to empathize with, relate to and effectively work with participants of behavioral health services
  • Good interpersonal communication and collaboration skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Fluency in Spanish is helpful