Leake and Watts Services

  • Lead Credible Messenger

    Job Locations US-NY-Bronx
    Posted Date 1 month ago(7/17/2018 3:22 PM)
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  • Overview

    Credible Messengers are individuals whom have faced similar challenges to our youth and/or families and have overcome it and now are inspired to work and lend guidance to those that are in a similar need as they once were. The work of the Credible Messengers provides a message of resiliency, credibility and voice that can directly connect to each youth’s inner thoughts and experiences.


    The Credible Messenger Mentor Program (CMM) is a group-based mentoring program that helps young adults transform the attitudes and behaviors that led to their involvement with the criminal justice system by developing positive and appropriate relationships and supporting them in making safe decisions once back in the community.  The CMM team is made up of full time and part-time Credible Messenger mentors, a Case Planner and a Program Coordinator.  Youth will come together twice weekly as a cohort of up to 12 youth, ages 12-18, with the CMM team supporting them. The mentors will utilize Interactive Journaling and Motivational Interviewing to support the youth to examine their feelings, evaluate their own behaviors and develop strategies for change. In addition to the Interactive Journaling Curriculum during group sessions, Mentors will facilitate groups that are targeted to meet the needs of where the group and individuals are at and to ensure we are targeting services at risks identified in the YLS. Specifically, Mentors will be trained to facilitate the evidence-based curriculums of, ART (Aggression Replacement Training), Seven Challenges (substance use) and ARISE (independent living). Group will also be used for group builders, educational activities, anger reduction strategies, trips, recreational outings, group-based community service activities, and family events to name a few.


    Youth will also meet with CMMs on an ad hoc basis throughout the week for one-on-one mentoring as well as for support with various activities such as going to get a driver’s license or preparing for a job interview. This pilot NSP Aftercare program is designed to prevent recidivism by strengthening youth attachment to education and community as well as strengthening family functioning and fostering positive peer relationships.


    Essential Functions: The full-time mentor will facilitate two therapeutic groups per week in the Bronx (4PM-8PM), and work together with the CMM team to prepare for dinner, group, clean-up and processing the group/individual progress.  They will be available during these hours to provide one-on-one mentoring to the youth, as needed.  Together with the CMM team, the full-time mentor will organize relevant group activities that include group building activities, educational activities, anger reduction strategies, motivational speakers, recreational outings, group-based community service activities, and family events based on the risk/needs/interests of the individuals and group.  The full-time mentor will also participate in family events and groups at Manida NSP to begin relationship building and pre-engagement with potential group participants (youth in placement, prior to their release).  


    In addition to the therapeutic groups, the full-time mentors will meet with youth for individual sessions, averaging one hour per week and more as needed.  They will utilize Motivational Interviewing techniques to engage youth and support them in setting individual goals and taking appropriate steps to meet their goals. They will also be available to provide crisis intervention and assistance in following through with the goals they have identified for themselves and/or any aftercare/court-mandated services. The mentors will be included on a rotating on-call list to provide 24 hours/7days a week support for youth. In addition, the mentors will be available to conduct home visits to assess for permanency, safety and well-being of the youth in their home.

    Work Environment:  The Bronx NSP Aftercare program will be based out of Manida NSP in Hunts Point, Bronx, and CMM groups will be facilitated at the Rising Ground Family Resource Center in Westchester Square, Bronx.  The full-time mentors will be required to travel, to navigate NYC roads/public transportation system, to complete home and school visits and visits to other service providers’ offices (i.e. ACS, Probation, resource center, pro-social activity, etc.) to support a youth in their treatment planning.


    Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: This is a full-time position involving 35 hours per week. The mentors are expected to participate in groups twice weekly during the evening hours, 4 PM to 8 PM.  Additional work hours will fluctuate to meet the needs of the team and clients and will include evening and weekend hours.  As a team, we are available to clients 24/7/365 and can respond to crises that may emerge.  The full-time mentor will be called upon to respond to a crisis/need of a youth, therefore they need to be flexible and available to meet the needs of the group members.


    Travel: The CMM team provides services to youth and families who reside in New York City.  The full-time mentors will be situated in the group site (Westchester Square location).  When field work, home visits or school visits need to be conducted, the mentors will provide their own transportation and work-related travel expenses will be reimbursed. 


    Required Education and Experience: A High School/equivalent diploma and valid NYS driver’s license is required.  The mentors must have experience with group facilitation and experience working with adolescents.


    Preferred Education and Experience: History of criminal justice involvement and familiarity with the Bronx is preferred.  Spanish-speaking preferred.


    Additional Eligibility Qualifications

    • Familiarity with the boroughs of NYC and knowledgeable about the major culture groups within the neighborhoods served.
    • Willingness and flexibility to work with youth/families in their own homes and in the community.
    • Strong interpersonal/communication skills.
    • Ability to work with respect for cultural diversity.
    • Commitment to empowering youth and families to solve their own problems.
    • Belief in the capacity of people to grow and change.
    • Ability to intervene decisively, when necessary, to protect youth and family members.
    • Must be able to work cooperatively and collaboratively with the team.


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