The Police Athletic League (PAL) is the largest independent youth organization in New York City that provides educational and recreational activities for children and young adults. PAL Inc. and The New York City Police Department work in partnership to provide communities with summer and after-school recreational and educational activities.
We are looking for a full-time Mentor who will be responsible for working with high-risk youth throughout the borough of Brooklyn between the ages of 12 to 21. Mentors are responsible for providing individual mentoring, case management, and advocacy for youth on their respective caseloads. Mentors should be familiar with issues facing inner-city high-risk youth. Mentors must also be familiar and comfortable traveling and connecting to social, recreation, and youth resource supports throughout Brooklyn as well as in the Brooklyn neighborhoods where their mentees reside. He/she will be tasked with creating individualized goals plans and providing direction and support to youth around the completion of those goals. Mentor will attend court and program meetings as necessary to advocate for youth. Mentors will make referrals and provide monitoring for outside services when needed. Mentor will engage in social activities with youth, with the goal of creating a strong mentor/mentee relationship in order to accomplish the mentioned tasks. Mentors will also be responsible for crisis intervention and more intensive casework and mentoring for high-risk cases. All Mentor activities will be under the direction of the MAAP Social Worker and Program Supervisor.
Major Duties & Responsibilities
- Carry an assigned active caseload of high-risk youth, referred by DYFJ at all times.
- Develop strong rapport with all youth on caseload based on a strength-based perspective.
- Conduct intake and assessment of assigned youth, in conjunction with program social worker.
- Develop, alongside youth, individualized success plans, which include goals, ideas, dreams, and aspirations for each youth on caseload.
- Offer one-to-one mentoring support to help youth develop sustainable relationships with family, peers, school, and community.
- Provide mentoring services with intensive supervision and 24/7 crisis intervention for youth on caseload.
- Work with youth and family to safely and successfully address issues of conflict and stress within the family and home environment.
- Assist youth and family to fully understand and adhere to all court-ordered obligations, conditions of probation, or aftercare.
- Appear at court hearings and at probation or aftercare meetings to support youth, and help to articulate efforts, progress, and obstacles encountered in pursuing identified goals and adhering to required conditions.
- Provide direct engagement with youth around pro-social activities and family engagement activities and supports.
- Provide and/or connect youth to services that will increase youth engagement in education, employment, community service as well as improve their overall social and emotional skills.
- Engage in required contacts and home assessments consistent with ACS Preventive Guidelines.
- Write and update daily comprehensive case notes and assessments on each mentee.
- Maintain files and input data in the program database.
- File incident reports (accidents, injuries, altercations, etc.) when necessary.
- Submit weekly, monthly, written, and verbal reports as requested.
- When directed, attend meetings with staff, parents, volunteers, and community residents as needed to assist in program delivery and promotion of programs.
- Willingness to travel on public transportation throughout Brooklyn specifically and all of NYC required for staff meetings, training, and service delivery.
- Experience in a non-profit youth or social service agency.
- Experience w/ MAAP and ACS preferred.
- High School diploma or Equivalency required; Associates's Degree preferred; Bachelor’s degree a plus.
- Experience working individually with high-risk youth (ages 12-21).
- Demonstrated skills and competency in youth and program development.
- Demonstrated ability to engage high-risk youth.
- Understanding of conflict resolution, mediation, and mentoring concepts.
- Good communication skills, both oral and written are a must. Ability to speak professionally to staff, members, parents, groups, and community residents. The ability to write clear comprehensive case notes is a must.
- Comfortability in inner-city neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn.
The Police Athletic League seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at PAL are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.