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Are you looking for a career that will make a difference in the lives of families in Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties?

MVCAA is currently recruiting individuals to work with at risk youth, preschool age children and their families Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Inc. (MVCAA) is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V. MVCAA Offers a Generous Benefit Package!

Youth Advocate (Part Time)


Part time


3pm-11:30pm; 26 hours per week


Rome, NY


Job Function:

The Youth Advocate is responsible for providing information and services to meet the needs of youth, their parents, family members, and guardians. The Youth Advocate is responsible in promoting social interaction and development of social skills. The Youth Advocate will also work with schools, educators, social workers, doctors, community organizations and local political leadership to advocate for the rights of children.


Essential Functions:

  • Provide intake, assessment, mediation, case management and other assistance to youth requesting services.
  • Responds to the physical and emotional safety needs of residents of the shelter
  • Interact with youth during outings and afterschool programs, role model for youth.
  • Responsible for assessments, daily progress notes on customers, charting behavioral progress, transporting clients, facilitating group activities and accessing additional help when required.
  • Organize and Schedule activities at shelter.
  • Organize and schedule outings.
  • Recruit children for various agency programs
  • Keep files up to date and complete files with all required documentation
  • Advocate for the rights of children, empower youth to advocate for themselves.
  • Function as a team player, giving aid and assistance to co-workers, as needed
  • Inputs information to HMIS data base system.
  • Attends meetings and participates in trainings, as directed.
  • Provide 24 hour service, on a rotating basis, after working hours (evenings, weekends and holidays).
  • Available to alleviate and mediate problems between youth.
  • Ability to encourage open and trusting relationships and communications.
  • Sensitive to the needs and feelings of homeless youth.
  • Completes all documentation in files of assigned youth according to Federal and State regulations.
  • Observes confidentiality according to Performance Standards and Agency Policy.
  • Conduct recreation activities with groups in public, private, or volunteer agencies or recreation facilities.


Additional Responsibilities:

  • Performs other duties as requested by the Program Director.



  • High School Diploma and Minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience
  • Sensitivity to the needs and feelings of at risk youth andfamilies.
  • Knowledge of Family Court and Department of Social Service Regulationsbeneficial.
  • Basic knowledge of community resources in county ofassignment.
  • Ability to communicate with youth/families and outsideagencies.
  • Ability to physically engage in outdooractivities.
  • Must pass all criminal history background checks and an annualphysical.
  • First Aid and CPRCertification.
  • Valid NYS Driver’sLicense.


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