The Door – A Center of Alternatives – New York, NY
Substitute Outreach Workers will engage in face to face encounters with young people using the Christopher Street Pier and other neighborhoods where homeless youth congregate, during the hours of 10pm-2am with the goal of facilitating a safe transition to young people’s second destination when Pier 45 closes. Outreach workers will be insightful professionals concerned with the well-being of young people using the Pier and West Village neighborhood as a safe space to express their identities as well as de-escalate tensions arising from cultural differences between members of the West Village Community. Outreach workers will also plan and facilitate extended hours workshops on-site at The Door.
- Facilitate safe and respectful transition from Pier to second destination after Pier 45 closes.
- Establish rapport with young people based on consistency and helpful interventions/conversations.
- Provide crisis intervention when needed.
- Provide referral information for LGBT youth programming and social activities in NYC.
- Engage in community conversations/networking with other stake holders (i.e. police, residents, service providers).
- Collect basic information pertaining to young people’s needs.
- Maintain and prepare crisis food packages, safer sex kits, and hygiene supplies
- Attend training at The Door pertaining to outreach encounter strategies.
- Adhere to professional boundaries between self and youth.
- Meet weekly with Supervisor for planning and evaluation.
- Plan and facilitate enrichment activities for Wednesday night programming.
- Complete other relevant duties as requested by supervisor.
- High School diploma or GED required
- Knowledge of LGBT youth issues and history of Christopher Street Pier
- Experience working with at-risk street involved youth
- Commitment to professionalism and ability to maintain a professional attitude as a staff representative of the Door
- Ability to engage young people in conversations about sexuality and HIV/STIs
- Familiarity with homeless youth issues
- Knowledge of the NYC youth-service system
- Training in youth empowerment philosophy and harm reduction
- Training in de-escalation/ conflict mediation
Hours: As needed, Fridays and Saturdays 10pm-2am
Salary: $18-20 per hour
Please send cover letter and resume to:
(No phone calls please)
Founded in 1972, The Door empowers educationally and economically disadvantaged youth ages 12-21 to reach their potential by providing a complete range of services all under one roof. Each year over 11, 000 young people from all five New York City boroughs come to The Door for primary health care, reproductive care and health education, mental health counseling, legal services, supportive housing, GED, ESL, tutoring and homework help, college preparation and computer classes, career and education services, job placement, daily meals, cultural arts and services.
Since its founding, The Door has practiced a holistic and human approach to helping each individual member dismantle the complex barriers that often stand in the way of success.