Part Time Youth Coach
The Next Generation Center (NGC) is a one-stop center designed to support young people, ages 14-24, as they prepare for and transition to adulthood and independence. The mission of NGC is to help high-risk young people change the trajectories of their lives through transformational relationships, stage-based employment programming and strong partnerships with other youth-serving institutions (See: Program Partners such as the Family Court, OCFS, ACS, Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society, Lawyers for Children, Bronx Defenders, Covenant House, and other foster care agencies.)
NGC is a community-based center in the Morrisania section of the Bronx (Community District 3) with a service delivery and program approach designed to support the needs of youth in foster care and those who have aged out of foster care as well as those involved in the Juvenile Justice System (See: LINC Program). The center’s program strategy, case management approach and organizational culture are informed and shaped by our core values are Safety, Care, Connection, Leadership and Growth. We offer job readiness training and subsidized internships, educational guidance and advocacy, legal counseling, housing assistance, and life skills, creative and visual arts, multimedia, fitness and recreational programming.
NGC Youth Coaches have the primary responsibility of engaging high risk youth in transformational relationships with the express goal of aiding youth in their transition into self sufficient adulthood. The Part Time NGC Youth Coach will work with youth with a history of foster care placement on setting and reaching their educational and employment goals, and support youth through life skills development.
• Understand, practice and promote the vision, mission, and values of the organization.
• Utilize Motivational Interviewing and Restorative Practices techniques through ongoing training and supervision.
• Implement NGC’s Coaching Model in the community:
o Engage and maintain a caseload of NGC’s youth with a history of foster care placement through transformational relationships
o Youth Coach will meet with youth on a weekly basis for an individual coaching session
o Relentless outreach and follow-up with participants; on-the-street, in places where they hangout, in homes, at the schools, etc
o Strategic recruitment and engagement of disconnected youth into NGC programming
o Work with team to plan and implement engagement activities
o Maintain relationships with the other adults in the lives of the young people, including foster care caseworkers and staff
o Communicate with school personnel to support educational success and advancement as needed
• Daily, weekly, and quarterly tracking of all efforts with each participant and administration of assessment tools to track progress and outcomes in NGC’s Efforts to Outcomes (ETO)
• Utilize ETO reports and data to inform participant progress toward outcomes, achievement of
professional development, performance management, and to foster a culture of continuous improvement
• Regularly report to and solicit feedback from the Youth Coach Supervisor
• Engage in ongoing personal and professional development to increase capacity to serve young people
• Other tasks as assigned
NGC seeks a highly driven individual who is good fit both personally and professionally for the culture of NGC. He/she will have a sense of humor, feel passionate and committed to direct work with high risk youth, and demonstrate interest in learning and supporting coworkers. In addition, the ideal candidate for this position will be a trustworthy decision-maker.
NGC expects candidates to have the following qualifications and skills:
• Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Education, Creative Arts Therapists or related field
• 2 + years experience working with difficult-to-engage adolescents
• Understanding of and experience working with high risk, multicultural, diverse young people
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Capacity to think and act intentionally and strategically to help young people change behaviors
• Capacity for creative problem-solving, conflict resolution, violence prevention
• Organizing, managing and completing projects and tasks with thoroughness, accuracy, and timeliness
• Self-motivation, initiative, sound judgment, and commitment to ongoing learning are essential
• Ability to work as a part of a team
• Flexibility with work hours/schedule as needed for programming and participant needs
• Computer Literacy and timely data entry
• Bilingual (English/Spanish) is preferred but not required.
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Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted
Children's Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer