JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Currently, Friends of Island Academy is hiring for the following positions:

Youth Advocate (Full-time position) *Three positions available*

Driver (Part-time position)

Positions will be posted until filled.


Title: Youth Advocate (Full-time position) *Three positions available*

Organization Description

Friends of Island Academy (Friends) was founded in 1990 to anchor, support and develop capacity among young people newly released from jail in New York City. A pioneer in adolescent reentry services, Friends builds on connections developed with young people while in custody, and leverages those relationships to provide post-release, neighborhood-based supportive services. Young people become members of Friends and develop personal milestones and goals in the arenas of health and well-being, education, employment, youth leadership and community participation.

Position Background and Description

The Youth Reentry Network (The Network) is a newly-created Demonstration project developed in collaboration with the New York City Department of Correction and other public and private partners to launch, implement and evaluate the feasibility and impact of an innovative system of case expediting, pre-release planning and neighborhood-based aftercare and support for the youngest people admitted to and released from DOC custody in New York City.   The Network is designed to work with all adolescents (16-17) and approximately half of young adults (18-21) who are admitted post-arraignment to Rikers Island, at three primary points of intervention: upon admission, transitionally and post-release in their neighborhoods.

Youth Advocates serve as mentor, case manager, navigator, facilitator and coach to individual youth with whom they first connect upon admission to Rikers.

Essential Responsibilities:

Develop relationships with young people in jail and custodial settings prior to their release, with the goal of creating and following individualized plans during and after custody

  • Connect with youth at one of several facilities which house adolescents and young adults on Rikers Island upon admission;
  • Spend time in new admissions houses on a rotating schedule, providing early contact and concrete, limited supports, including family and attorney outreach;
  • Reach out to youth significant other/family and other potential support systems available to youth;
  • Conduct consistent weekly visits leading up to the release date, allowing time to cement relationships and meet with families prior to the youth’s release;
  • Follow youth and maintain on-going contact as they move through general population;
  • Reach out to and develop relationship with families of youth;

Leverage relationships and release plans established with young people during custody and provide neighborhood-based supports

  • Prepare and support families for a youth’s transition home from justice system involvement prior to release from custody;
  • Facilitate and support youth enrollment, engagement and academic advancement;
  • Prepare young people for the world of work through job readiness, placement and retention services;
  • Leverage relationships with formal and informal community members/leaders, local vendors, faith-based supports;
  • Address and navigate system-related barriers on behalf of youth and families;
  • Implement post-release neighborhood-based services to support individual progress in overall youth development and to leverage natural supports and services in the neighborhood on behalf of youth members;

Take responsibility for a set number of youth and their individualized continually changing goals plans dashboards on individual youth

  • Maintain on-going contact with youth as well as with individuals supporting youth;
  • Track and maintain data for all youth worked with.

Qualifications

Required

  • Experience/training in youth development is required. Proven experience in facilitation and staff supervision. Strong interpersonal skills, cultural competence, and an understanding and belief in strengths-based youth development philosophy are needed to succeed in this position.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and other business software; experience with databases and report development.
  • Experience with the NYC criminal justice population;
  • Integrity, flexibility and a profound commitment to the youth we serve

Preferred

  • Experience in education, conflict resolution, counseling and/or working in a secure setting;
  • Experience with or understanding of trauma-informed practices;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and other business software;
  • Experience with databases and report development;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience in program start-up and/or working in a secure/custodial setting strongly preferred;
  • Individuals with prior criminal justice involvement are encouraged to apply, but must be able to gain clearance on Rikers Island (no contact with criminal justice system for two years, including parole or probation).

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Gina Lee at glee@friendsny.org.


 

 Title: Driver (Part-time position)

Organization Description

Friends of Island Academy (Friends) was founded in 1990 to anchor, support and develop capacity among young people newly released from jail in New York City. A pioneer in adolescent reentry services, Friends builds on connections developed with young people while in custody, and leverages those relationships to provide post-release, neighborhood-based supportive services. Young people become members of Friends and develop personal milestones and goals in the arenas of health and well-being, education, employment, youth leadership and community participation.

Position Background and Description

The Youth Reentry Network (The Network) is a newly created Demonstration Project developed in collaboration with the New York City Department of Correction and other public and private partners to launch, pilot implement and evaluate the impact of an innovative system of case expediting, pre-release planning and neighborhood-based aftercare and support for the youngest people admitted to and released from DOC custody in New York City.

 Essential Responsibilities:

Provide transportation support to adolescents and young adults upon discharge from Rikers to a local Friends office, school visit, home, or other community-based support organization. The person filling this position is expected, under close supervision, to interact with participants, their families, and the community-at-large. Based on the discharge schedule at the Department of Corrections, the ideal candidate would need to be available as early as 6:00am and as late as 5:00pm Monday- Saturday.

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or G.E.D. and/or equivalent experience;
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience as a driver, preferably in a human service organization setting;
  • Must have Valid New York State Driver’s License and excellent driving history;
  • Must complete NYS Approved Defensive Driving Classes every 3 years;
  • Must take Refresher Computerized Defensive Driver class;
  • Must remain insurable based on Friends of Island Academy’s transportation policy;
  • Good knowledge of Metropolitan area pertaining to transportation routes;
  • Must be courteous and patient;
  • Experience working with children and families a must!
  • Individuals with prior criminal justice involvement are encouraged to apply but must be able to gain clearance on Rikers Island (no contact with criminal justice system for two years, including parole or probation).

To apply, submit resume and cover letter to Gina Lee, glee@friendsny.org