Parent Coach (Part-time)
This is a part-time position (20 hours per week). The Parent Coach will report to the Program Coordinator, and Parent Support Services at Horizon Juvenile Center.
Youth Justice Network (YJN) was founded in 1990 to anchor, support and build capacity among young people released from jail in New York City. We break cycles of incarceration and promote an equitable justice system by providing young people with opportunities to grow, thrive, and lead. Through a combination of individualized advocacy, mentorship and services, our network of advocates develops relationships with young people whose lives intersect with the justice system. We leverage authentic relationships and local resources so that young people can forge their pathways to wellbeing and positive development.
Position Background and Description:
YJN’s Parent Support Services program seeks to offer support and to partner with the parents and guardians of young people held in secure juvenile custody (primarily ages 15 to 18). Parents are pivotal to successful youth development in the best of circumstances. For young people who are seriously charged and held in secure detention, this is exponentially true. Services would be geared to ease and facilitate the process as much as possible on behalf of the parents/guardians of adolescents held at the Horizon Juvenile Center. In partnership with the Program Coordinator, the Parent Coach will seek to ensure parent/family engagement to benefit youth in custody and discharging from custody..
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Be present during family visiting hours at the Horizon Juvenile Center to reach out, meet, engage and offer support to parents and caring adults of youth in custody;
- Facilitate basic understanding of where their child’s case is in the process, and serve as a resource to parents as they seek basic information (eg, where is court, when is next court date, having contact information for their attorneys); assist in navigating barriers (eg, accompany parents to court);
- Engage with parents, offering non-intrusive and useful tools so they have agency, efficacy and voice in supporting their detained (and releasing) children;
- Identify, refer and connect parents/guardians to tailored supports and resources that would be useful to them;
- Provide surrogate visits for youth who are not receiving family visits in detention;
- Work with parents citywide to support their children’s transition to community or upstate; and
- Partner with ACS staff around family activities and special events (e.g., Thanksgiving, back to school events, etc.).
- Candidate must have the characteristics necessary to best support families who have children involved with the Family Court system, including: non-judgmental listening, empathy, cultural and linguistic competence, respect, boundary-setting and a belief in the resilience and strengths of youth and families;
- Must have the ability and communication skills to interact professionally with multiple system and non-system stakeholders, including Probation Officers, Family Court personnel, education and mental health providers, community and neighborhood service representatives; and
- Must have an understanding in and willingness to learn more about the juvenile justice process and the systems that intersect with it (child welfare, mental health, education).
Preferred Applicant Qualifications:
- Applicants who have had personal experience with a child’s involvement in juvenile justice process or their own experience
- Bi-lingual/fluency in Spanish highly preferred
- Flexibility and willingness to accommodate parent/guardian schedules for phone and in-person contact purposes;
Rate Range: $20 to $22 per hour
Target Start Date: As soon as possible
Work Location: Bronx: Horizon Juvenile Center and YJN Bronx Office at 424 E. 147th St., Suite 200, Bronx, NY 10455
All employees must be fully vaccinated at time of hire.
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to:firstname.lastname@example.org
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