Youth Advocate

Primary Responsibilities include:

-  Provide support, advocacy, and skill-building/educational activities to youth aged 13 and older who are currently involved with the children's mental health system.

-  Actively engage youth in existing youth-run leadership organizations and/or creates their own.

-  Encourage and support youth involvement with their systems of care on an individual level as well as on a broader scale of advocacy for system transformation.

-  Support and enhancing youth development through activities geared toward youth leadership and community involvement.

-  Offer positive youth development-centered services with a resiliency/recovery focus.

-  Promote skills for coping and managing psychiatric symptoms.

-  Facilitate the use of natural and community resources.

-  Promote wellness through modeling and assist youth with gaining and regaining the ability to make independent choices and playing a proactive role in their treatment.

-  Complete and submit paperwork in compliance to OMH and OMIG regulations.

Qualifications and Requirements include:

-  HS diploma/GED.

-  Prior personal experience receiving services through children's mental health, juvenile justice, or foster care systems.

-  Youth Advocates must be between 18 and 28 years of age

-  Valid New York State driver's license with a safe and responsible driving history.

-  A vehicle that is properly insured and registered in accordance with NYS DMV and agency regulations.


-  Part-time, Hourly up to 19 hours per week.

-  Schedule will vary depending on clients' needs and may include evening hours.