NHC Position Type
The NHC member will play a critical role in expanding youth development programming, health education programming and expanding JASMYN’s safe space and teen drop-in center. The NHC member will enhance JASMYN’s current programming geared toward middle and high school students and work with members of the JASMYN programming team to create a LGBTQ+ teen “warm” line (similar to hot line but not 24/7) and build out after school health education, peer support and LGBTQ+ teen drop in services. The NHC member will also work closely with JASMYN’s Mental Health Enhancement Program (MHEP) to improve and advance the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ+ young people, ages 13 – 24, by addressing social isolation and anxiety, mental health stigma, racial and LGBT bias, and other stressors in therapeutic sessions in the youth center.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- JASMYN’s ACCESS Program (Accessing Client-Centered Essential Support Services) – The member will assist with the staffing of JASMYN’s ACCESS program that provides crisis intervention, health screenings, risk behavior assessments, HIV testing and counseling safety planning and enrollment into JASMYN’s intensive case management services for youth experiencing homelessness, substance use, legal and mental health issues. The member will work one on one providing direct services to JASMYN youth during ACCESS. They will work with supervisors to create outcome measures for ACCESS that will help streamline internal enrollments into case management, create a community resource guide to improve awareness of local resources available in the community, and will focus on developing working relationships with youth accessing JASMYN and providing individual support through health assessments, membership enrollments, risk screening and resource linkage.
- Health Education – JASMYN’s youth center is open most weekday afternoons for LGBTQ youth and their friends to find support and positive youth development activities. The member will create capacity for expanded health education in the youth center through the development and implementation of workshops in topics such as healthy eating and fitness, smoking cessation, healthy body image, gender and sexual identity, substance use and abuse topics, healthy relationships, and sexual health. While some of these sessions will be formally scheduled, it is anticipated that many of these short educational sessions using conversations and online tools will be presented in “teachable moments”, when the topics are most relevant to the immediate needs and questions that arise in the friendly conversation of the youth center. This aspect will focus on empowering youth to make smart choices about their health and lead healthier lives.
Characteristics of an Ideal Candidate
The successful member will enjoy working with teens and young adults in a diverse and multi-cultural environment. Ability to relate to teens and young adults in an accepting, positive and healthy manner is essential. A person who is energetic, outgoing, patient, compassionate, and able to stay focused and organized will succeed in this position. A person who is flexible, adaptable and has strong initiative.
- LGBTQ cultural competency
- Comfortable and confident in talking with youth about sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and STI’s
- Open minded
- Great initiative
- Positive attitude
- Team-player and a sense of humor.
- Enjoys working with teens and young adults in a diverse and multi-cultural environment.
Knowledge Required for the Position
Knowledge of AmeriCorps/Health Corps member requirements
Skill with Microsoft Office or other software for a variety of data processing operations involving a range of problem solving, record keeping, correspondence, and service tracking options
A member with a BA or BS degree in social work or a related field such as education, public health, social welfare or psychology is preferred.
Critical skills include the ability to coordinate multiple responsibilities, collaborate with community partners, and conduct resource brokerage and referral.
Experience with adolescents and conducting health education, and familiarity and sensitivity in dealing with the unique needs of LGBTQ youth will be essential.
Member uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments following set procedures, independently.
The supervisor assigns service activities, advises on changes in procedures, and is available for assistance when required.
The service activities are reviewed for accuracy through spot checks, through complaints from customers, and through observation of the Member at service.
The Member independently plans and carries out the projects and selects the approaches and methods to be used in solving problems.
Completed projects are reviewed very generally to determine that objectives have been met and are in compliance with policies and regulations.
Written and oral guides provide specific instructions for doing service.
Guidelines are generally applicable, but the Member independently makes adaptations in dealing with problems and unusual situations.
Member must use considerable judgment in adapting current or developing new guidance.
The service position assignments vary significantly or often involve unusual circumstances and incomplete or conflicting data.
In making decisions, the Member is often required to depart from past approaches and to extend traditional techniques.
The Member must develop new techniques, methods, or approaches to complete service position assignments.
Members must pass a criminal background check beyond those required by NHC, and will have a TB Screening.