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By | August 12, 2022

Job Responsibilities : Youth Advocate Streetwork – Outreach

Salary : From $16 an hour

Company : Safe Horizon

Location : Remote US

Educational requirements : High School

Youth Advocate Streetwork – Outreach


Streetwork Project is the oldest street outreach program for homeless and street-involved youth in New York City. The program has grown from its beginnings in 1984 as a storefront project to encompass both outreach and comprehensive harm reduction services. The core service is long-term one-on-one counseling which is offered in a non-judgmental and holistic manner utilizing a harm reduction approach that focuses on building trust fostering self-esteem exploring options and choices and empowering youth to change their high-risk behaviors.

As part of our continuum of services we provide overnight outreach in teams of two seven nights a week (7 pm to 3 am) throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Outreach Youth Advocates work overnight hours to meet the most disenfranchised youth while they are in crisis.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Conduct overnight street outreach to homeless and street involved young people
  • Crisis intervention and individual counseling
  • Maintain all nightly data records and documentation
  • Provide information to homeless adolescents regarding shelter options and all other referrals
  • Identification of new resources appropriate for population
  • Maintain current sources of areas of congregation of homeless youth
  • Assess individuals seeking assistance
  • Escort homeless youth to appropriate services and provide transportation
  • Serve as an advocate and liaison for clients negotiating the shelter system and other social service programs
  • Advocate on behalf of under 18-year-old clients for Administration for Children’s Services support
  • Participate in staff meetings staff trainings weekly supervision and appropriate training workshops

Secondary Job Functions:

Petty Cash reconciliation

Identification of new resources appropriate for population

Maintain current sources of areas of congregation of homeless youth

Coordinate services with other Streetwork staff

Interacts with:

All Streetwork program sites and staff

All internal Safe Horizon programs and departments that can comprehensively support the client

All external agencies and organizations that can provide appropriate services to the client

Knowledge and Skills:


Valid New York State Driver’s License

Compassionate approach to others and openness to new ideas

Dynamic energy able to multi-task and negotiate multiple requests

Non-judgmental approach and ability to empathize with others

Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

Genuine interest in working with disenfranchised youth and young adults


Bi-lingual Spanish

Understanding of harm reduction perspective

Demonstrate the ability to work independently



GED or High School Diploma


Bachelor’s Degree in social services creative arts liberal studies or any field related to working with youth.



Experience working in a social services setting OR

Personal experience with street survival activities (homelessness gangs drug economy sex industry) with three years separation from involvement in these activities. Deep understanding of the relationship between personal experience and professional standards.


At least 1 year working with the homeless population youth or harm reduction

At least 1 year working in an outreach program


Commitment to work evening and overnight shifts

If hired I agree to abide by all of Safe Horizon’s rules and regulations and understand that if employed my employment may be terminated with or without cause and with or without notice at any time at the option of either the company or me. I further understand that no representation whether oral or written by any representative or agent of the organization at any time constitutes a contract of employment.

AmeriCorps Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply

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New Requirement:
Effective October 29 2021 as a private contractor of The City of New York all Safe Horizon employees interns and volunteers must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons.

Technology Statement:
Applicants may be responsible for providing the equipment and tools they need to work remotely as required such as access to a computer internet service and phone service. Safe Horizon will discuss potential solutions with candidates and may assist where needed and agreed to in advance.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $16.00 per hour


  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • Night shift
  • Weekend availability

Work Location: One location

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