Youth Engagement Specialist
The Center for Court Innovation, a project of the Fund for the City of New York, is a non-profit organization that promotes new thinking about how to reduce crime, violence and victimization and strengthen communities. The Center creates operating projects that test new approaches to problems that have resisted conventional solutions. One of these demonstration sites is the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center. Operating out of a storefront since the summer of 1998, the Mediation Center provides anti-violence programs, youth programs and resource links to community residents. Its mission is to encourage communication and understanding, prevent future conflicts, and help foster stronger, healthier neighborhoods.
The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center works to strengthen the neighborhoods it serves in order to make them safer and more vibrant by engaging the local residents in problem solving and civic engagement. Key programs focus on youth organizing, expanding and providing mental health services for young men of color, violence intervention and prevention as well as a volunteer run legal resource clinic. A key project of the Mediation Center, Save Our Streets Brooklyn (S.O.S.), is a community based effort to end gun violence based on the Cure Violence model.
The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, a project of the Center for Court Innovation, is seeking a Youth Engagement Specialist to enrich current employment programming and to enhance work with participants of Save Our Streets Brooklyn and other neighborhood based youth. The Specialist will engage with schools and community based organizations teaching conflict resolution skills and involving young people in collective action around creating and sustaining violence reduction and healthy communities.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Work closely with youth in the Anti-Gun Violence Youth Employment Program (AGVYEP), for S.O.S. Brooklyn which is an employment program that provides an hourly wage for people in the S.O.S. program
- Perform strength-based intakes of identified participants’ educational and vocational interests and needs and in collaboration with the S.O.S. Outreach Worker, develop goals and an individualized plan of action
- Find work placements for young people
- Build relationships with community partners and meet regularly with them to ensure that the youth are learning employment skills
- Create and run employment readiness workshops
- Collect timesheets, file them, and turn all required paperwork into the funder on a regular basis
- Work closely with outreach team to assess participant’s mental health needs and make appropriate in-house or external referrals
- Identify possible educational opportunities for participants
Community Engagement and Education
- Work closely with the Program Manager to create and implement a comprehensive youth outreach plan
- Work with the Program Manager and SOS team to execute identified civic and community benefit projects
- Develop relationships with schools and community based organizations to workshops in conflict resolution, the S.O.S. program model, and using the arts as a social justice tool in local schools
- Regularly check and maintain a community based resource manual
- Attend and participate in regular community meetings that involve youth issues and actively invite and create opportunities for youth to be present in those meetings
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a BA degree or a minimum of 4 years in a related area, preferably as a youth educator. Excellent written skills are a must. Candidate must be skilled communicator able to work in multi-disciplinary setting and maintain strong relationships with multiple agencies and organizations both onsite and in the community. Candidate must also have experience working closely with court-involved youth, mature grasp of community organizing and relationship building techniques, strong team skills and ability to work in a fast paced environment, and strong administrative and computer skills for timely comprehensive tracking.
Familiarity with the Central Brooklyn communities preferred.
Send resume, cover letter, salary requirements and a sample proposal on how you would engage youth to:
Subject line: Youth Engagement Specialist
Note: In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please. The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.