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Police Athletic League Mentor in Brooklyn, New York

The Police Athletic League (PAL) is the largest independent youth organization in New York City that provides educational and recreational activities for children and young adults. PAL Inc. and The New York City Police Department work in partnership to provide communities with summer and after-school recreational and educational activities.

We are looking for a full-time Mentor responsible for working with high-risk youth throughout the borough of Brooklyn between the ages of 12 to 21. Mentors are responsible for providing individual mentorship, case management, and advocacy for the youth in their respective caseloads. As a mentor, you should be familiar with issues facing inner-city, high-risk youth. You must also be comfortable traveling and connecting to social, recreational, and youth resource support groups throughout Brooklyn neighborhoods where your mentees reside. You will be tasked with creating individualized goal plans and providing direction and support to youth around the completion of such goals. In this role, you will attend court hearings and program meetings when necessary to advocate for your mentees. Mentors are also expected to make referrals and provide monitoring for outside services when needed. You will engage in social activities for the youth with the goal of creating a strong mentor/mentee relationship in order to accomplish the aforementioned tasks. Mentors are also responsible for crisis intervention and more intensive casework for high-risk cases. All Mentor activities will be under the direction of the MAAP Social Worker and Program Supervisor.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Carry an assigned active caseload of 5 high-risk youth, referred by DYFJ at all times.

  • Develop a strong rapport with all youth in your caseload based on a strength-based perspective.

  • Conduct intake and assessment of the assigned youth, in conjunction with the program social worker.

  • Develop individualized success plans for your mentees which include goals, ideas, dreams, and aspirations for each youth in your caseload.

  • Offer one-to-one mentoring support to help youth develop sustainable relationships with family, peers, teachers, and the community.

  • Provide mentoring services with intensive supervision and 24/7 crisis intervention for the youth in your caseload.

  • Safely and successfully address issues of conflict and stress within the youth’s family and home environment.

  • Assist the youth and their family in fully understanding and adhering to all court-ordered obligations, conditions of probation, or aftercare.

  • Appear at court hearings and at probation or aftercare meetings to support the youth. You will help to articulate efforts, progress, and obstacles encountered in pursuing the identified goals and adhering to any required conditions.

  • Provide direct engagement and support with the youth around pro-social activities and family engagement activities.

  • Provide and/or connect the youth to services that will increase their engagement in education, employment, and community service as well as improve their overall social and emotional skills.

  • Engage in required contacts and home assessments consistent with ACS Preventive Guidelines.

  • Write and update daily comprehensive case notes and assessments on each mentee.

  • Maintain files and input data in the program database.

Additional Responsibilities

  • File incident reports (accidents, injuries, altercations, etc.) when necessary.

  • Submit weekly and/or monthly written and verbal reports as requested.

  • When directed, attend meetings with staff, parents, volunteers, and community residents as needed to assist in program delivery and promotion of programs.

  • Willingness to travel on public transportation throughout NYC for required staff meetings, training, and service delivery.

Skills/Knowledge Required

  • Experience in a non-profit youth or social service agency.

  • High School diploma or Equivalency required; Associate's Degree preferred; Bachelor’s degree a plus.

  • Experience working individually with high-risk youth (ages 12-21).

  • Demonstrated skills and competency in youth and program development.

  • Demonstrated ability to engage high-risk youth.

  • Understanding of conflict resolution, mediation, and mentoring concepts.

  • Good communication skills, both oral and written are a must. Ability to speak professionally to staff, members, parents, groups, and community residents. The ability to write clear comprehensive case notes is a must.

  • Comfortability in inner-city neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn.


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance

  • Vacation, sick and personal days

  • 403B

  • PAL sponsored Pension

  • Life insurance

  • Tuition Reimbursement


    The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and objectives required of employees assigned to this job. Any deviation from the information above must be at the discretion of the executive director of the Police Athletic League.

The Police Athletic League seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at PAL are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

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