Open Buffalo Mission:
Our mission is to advance racial, economic, and ecological justice. We do so through skill-building, network connecting, and activating leadership opportunities. Our goal is that all communities in Western New York are thriving free from discrimination and poverty.
Our Collective Vision of Liberation:
Our vision is that all communities in Western New York are thriving free from discrimination and poverty. We believe in an empowered democratic society, where grassroots, nonprofit, faith-based, philanthropic, local government, and business sectors work in solidarity to advance equity, justice and peace. An empowered democratic society is key to joyful, culturally rich community and a sustainable planet.
We believe that people directly experiencing the challenges and inequities that we aim to address should always have a voice in both diagnosing the problems and developing the solutions.
An Opportunity to Join Our Team
POSITION: Credible Community Mentor
Date of Posting: September 29, 2022
This position is a community collaboration between New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth, and Open Buffalo.
Open Buffalo seeks to fill three positions for Credible Community Mentor. The goal of the Credible Community Mentor position is to provide support and resources for youth returning from the juvenile justice system within the first 120 days of release and who have been identified as most at risk to recidivate. Assignments for this position will depend upon client needs and may shift periodically as participant needs change. This will require the ability to perform research and develop partnerships with provider agencies to help these individuals successfully access resources and services in their communities. The goal is to assist the program participants in successful reintegration, ultimately reducing recidivism rates among our young people. Candidates must be able to participate in a weeklong training the week of October 23 that will empower candidates with the necessary skills to be of a support for reentry planning.
This is a part-time position with hours up to 19 hours a week, based in Buffalo, N.Y., reporting to the Open Buffalo Director of Racial Equity and Justice.
The primary purpose of the Credible Community Mentor position is to provide reentry support and services prior to release and continued case management support once youth has expired from Office of Children and Family Services and Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth. The supports include individual and group reentry supports, individual and family case management, referral services, as well as agency navigation services. The Credible Messenger serves as a liaison that connects individuals with resources and opportunities that promote personal, educational, vocational, and financial development, as well as self-sufficiency. As an employee of Open Buffalo, the CCM will directly report to the Director of Racial Equity and Justice for guidance and direction.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
Open Buffalo values diversity and inclusion throughout our city and within our organization. People of color, women, LGBTQI individuals, people with disabilities, and formerly incarcerated people are encouraged to apply.
This is a part-time position with an hourly rate of $21 per hour, up to 19 hours a week.
We strongly suggest all candidates to visit the Open Buffalo website and social media accounts to learn about the work of the organization. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and the names, association, and contact information of three different types of individuals who can give us greater insights as to who you are, what you value, and how you work. Please send via e-mail to email@example.com.