New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an award winning child welfare, health and social service agency in NYC with 35 years of experience in serving children with special needs and their families. NAC is currently seeking qualified BSW candidates to work in our grant-funded Court-Involved Youth Mental Health Initiative, called Youth Strong. NAC’s Youth Strong program aims to prevent adolescents from becoming involved in the juvenile justice system by providing clinical mental health screenings and assessments, adolescent discussion groups, parenting skills groups, and programming support services. Applicants must be strength-based, culturally competent and committed to youth development and youth empowerment. This position supports NAC’s mission to provide the highest quality care by complying with regulatory guidelines and meeting agency standards.
Description of Responsibilities:
- Carry out programming duties for Youth Strong, a youth development program providing support to adolescents at-risk of court involvement, by planning creative educational and clinical agendas for group activities and discussion groups.
- Engage with and support 12- through 24-year-old clients, including youth involved in the foster care system, preventive services, and youth with special needs, during weekly discussion groups and educational activities and field trips.
- Co-facilitate clinical youth discussion groups centered around positive adolescent development, self-awareness, and engagement with peers.
- Conduct intake interviews with parents of prospective clients to gather information about family history, medical conditions, and youth’s behavioral patterns to assess if youth will be a good fit for the program and to best prepare for work with the youth.
- Conduct Mental Health Screenings to assess if youth are at-risk for involvement in the Criminal Justice System. Reports include CDI Children’s Depression Inventory; BASC Behavior Assessment Systems for Children; Trauma History Questionnaire; and CRAFFT.
- Develop topics and agendas for parent education groups centered around building positive parenting skills and educating about adolescent development.
- Co-facilitate Parent Education Groups.
- Record group notes following group activities and discussions with the children and parents.
- Perform administrative duties including making weekly reminder phone calls to families, entering records into Excel database and NAC’s online portal, and preparing materials for weekly groups.
- Conduct outreach both internally and within the community as a means of obtaining referrals for the program.
- Conduct home visits as needed to conduct outreach and complete intake assessments.
- Commitment to work on Saturdays for youth group activities and discussion groups.
Required Education and Experience:
- B.A. in social work, education, child development, or other relevant field required; BSW preferred.
- Minimum two-years experience working with children with disabilities or medical conditions and their families.
- Ability and willingness to work a varying schedule; Tuesday through Saturday and Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and some evenings.
- Ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus.
How to Apply:
Please indicate "Youth Development Specialist" in the subject line when applying. Please submit cover letter and resume to:
Mary Ann Code
Human Resources Department
New Alternatives for Children
37 West 26th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Job Type: Full-time