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Youth Specialist (Crisis Center)

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Youth Specialist

SailFuture is a wraparound services agency that combines housing, mental health, academic, case management, vocational, and life skills services to motivate and lead high-risk teens to stability and sustained personal growth.

Youth Specialists work out of the Life Skills Center located in downtown St. Petersburg in partnership with SailFuture’s Child Welfare Case Managers. This consolidated team offers a wide range of services and activities, ranging from 6am pick-ups for school and afternoon medical appointments to evening resume prep and weekend sailing journeys in Tampa Bay. In short, our team is expected to be whoever our kids need us to be on any given day.

We recognize that the behaviors and outbursts we see with teens in foster care are a symptom of a systemic problem, not an indication of a child’s potential, worth, or character. We are seeking applicants who share this belief and are authentically committed to our kids.

Daily Responsibilities 

  • Supervise and support up to 8 youth per day in the Center
  • Assist with the preparation and cooking of breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Assist with GED instruction 
  • Assist with transportation and logistics (using both personal vehicle and staff vehicle)
  • Assist with the cleaning and maintenance of the center 
  • Build unique and individualized relationships with each of teens in the Center
  • Daily documentation via Slack (team communication app)
  • Lead workshops and activities, including but not limited to: GED Education, Resume Prep, Vision Board Planning, Small Groups, Physical Fitness, etc.
  • De-escalate and prevent conflict
  • Maintain the safety of all youth at all times. Staff must be prepared to physically restrain a youth who is in imminent danger of harming himself or someone else
  • Assist with the implementation of the youth’s individual treatment plan (if applicable)
  • Dispense medications (when applicable) 

1.) $28,000 per year - Salaried, not eligible for overtime pay
2.) 3-6% employer match on 401k (after 90 days)
3.) $250 / month health insurance contribution (after 90 days)
4.) 10 days PTO (accrual based, eligible after 90 days)

Work Hours: 40-45 hours per week. 

Work Location: SailFuture Day Center | 282 15th St. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33705


  • Minimum 1 year experience working with adolescents or children
  • Clean Driving Record: 1 year (Required)


  • High school diploma or equivalent (Required)

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

Perks and Benefits

  • 401k with 3-6% employer match

  • Paid Time Off and Sick Days

  • $250 Monthly Health Insurance Contribution

  • Access to sailboats, powerboats, and kayaks

  • Part of dynamic and integrated teams

  • Flexible Work Schedules

Who We Are

We're a small but mighty agency with a 'whatever it takes' mentality.

Our approach to social work is complex and requires dynamic, passionate leaders to bring all their skills to the table.

We're committed to each other as much as we are to our kids, and protect the family dynamic within our motley crew.


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